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Blackwater River Report
(Unnamed Ramp to Bryant Bridge)


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Report By:  gpax    Date: 11/8/2008 
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Blackwater is a significant attraction running through a State Forest and Park. Clear yet coffee color staiined water travels over a sugar white sand bottom. Tall pines, cypress and a variety of trees line the banks.

My Report:

Clear skies, 72 degree high and beautiful fall colors helped make the trip an enjoyable paddle. 10 people, 2 dogs and 10 boats set out from the new boat ramp for a 4 and a half hour trip. I am not sure if the ramp has a name yet but the foundation has been laid for bathrooms and a picnic area.


Smoldering remains of a small forest fire along Norman Riley validated recent burn warnings. Yesterday thunderstorms led a frontal passage and water was still standing in puddles along the road. Perhaps rain extinguished the fire.

Quite possibly rainwater had also cleared the river a bit. The water seemed less dark. The water level was also up a bit since August. The current was about 1.5 mph.

Last Sunday the clock fell back until spring. The sun has dropped in the southern sky making longer shadows and along with changes in the clock is bringing on early darkness. I have noticed a difficulty in catching an edge of a lower sun in the lens of my camera as I take pictures. This results in a purple mark and a haze on some pictures. Additionally, shots of people seem more challenging because of seasonally sharper contrasts between deeper shadows and sunlight.

Many began the paddle in long over shirts but shed their long sleeves as the radiant heat of the sun, the ambient air temperature and the work of paddling made for a pleasant short sleeve paddle during the heart of the trip. The lengthening shadows of a setting sun brought some shirts back on before take out. A full variety of shoes from knee high mukluks to aqua socks were worn depending on a paddler's tolerance for cooler water.

The river was up a bit since I last paddled this stretch three months ago. One log did cross almost the entire river. Otherwise the normal deadheads and stumps were dispersed about.

No one was on the water except us. A few birds were high flying but no other wildlife was spotted. Some of our group remarked how this was in stark contrast to abundant wildlife seen last weekend at the Rendezvous in central Florida.

The highlight of the paddle was the turning trees. Some colors were spectacular. The cypress trees were burnt orange while maples were bright reds and orange. These were dispersed with green trees that perhaps will not turn. Water and live oaks new leaves will just push off the old leaves in about February.

Lunch was a leisurely 40 minutes on one of many white sandbars that lined the river.

A group dog jumped ship and ran away. This slowed down our flotilla for a while. But the day was pleasant and the dog was recovered downstream. I suppose all's well that ends well.

Takeout was followed by tall tales at the Shrimp Basket in Milton

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Location Data:

Difficulty: Easy
Location Type: River
Boat Type: Kayak
Distance (miles): 7.9
Fees/Costs $: 0


Photos from Unnamed Ramp to Bryant Bridge:    (Click image to view full size)

Cypress Tree No Comm
Cypress Tree

Cypress tree lighs up the river bank with its orange fall color.

Clearer water No Comm
Clearer water

Blackwater River water was a but cleared than normal.

Fall Colors No Comm
Fall Colors

Blackwater River fall scene.

White sand banks No Comm
White sand banks

Blackwater River fall scene.

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Fall Colors Coming

Blackwater River fall scene.

Water Contrast No Comm
Water Contrast

Notice the contrast in the water where the sandbar ends.

Fall Colors No Comm
Fall Colors

Blackwater River fall scene.

Fall Colors Coming No Comm
Fall Colors Coming

Blackwater River fall scene.

Fall Colors No Comm
Fall Colors

Blackwater River fall scene.

Cypress Tree No Comm
Cypress Tree

Blackwater River fall scene.

Fall Colors Coming No Comm
Fall Colors Coming

Blackwater River fall scene.

Fall Colors Coming No Comm
Fall Colors Coming

Blackwater River fall scene.

Fall Colors Coming No Comm
Fall Colors Coming

Blackwater River fall scene.

Sandbar No Comm
Sandbar

Blackwater River fall scene.

Light Filtering No Comm
Light Filtering

Blackwater River fall scene.

Fall Colors Coming No Comm
Fall Colors Coming

Blackwater River fall scene



Special Interests and Comments:

Special InterestsMany camping spots at Blackwater River State Forest.



Post Date: 11/9/2008

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