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Econfina Creek Report
(Livery to SR-20)


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Report By:  gpax    Date: 8/14/2009 
Rating:Trip Rating     Photos: See 17 photos     Map & Directions: View


This is the 2 mile executive brief version of Econfina. You get enough creek with all the springs and cut off 5 miles of more creek. Heavily used area especially on the weekends. Bring swimsuit and mask. Springs are 72 year round and cool at first.

My Report:

Two Fridays in a row I paddled Econfina Creek. I came back this time to show Econfina Creek to my wife, Chris.


I debated whether posting this trip would be redundant but decided to go ahead because it is so different than the trip I took on the Econfina last Friday. Again we started at the Econfina Livery. Fearing bad weather and having novice paddlers, we decided to shorten our trip.

Six of us met at the livery and ran a shuttle to Pitt Spring Park on SR-20.

We were 2 tandem canoes and 2 kayaks. Chris and I were in kayaks. Paddlesolo was the only experienced canoe paddler and the canoers went through a learning curve.

At the livery, my kayak fell off the roof rack and damaged my new car. See last weeks post to see my car. We have a date with the body shop on Monday. Although the paddle started with that sour note it got better when we paddled and swam in the springs.

We visited Williford, Sylvian, Gainer, Emerald and Fenceline Springs. The water is crystal clear. You find the springs by looking for the flow of blue water into the brown creek. That indicates spring run. Then you paddle upstream to the spring.

We stopped at Williford and Gainer Springs where we ditched the boats for snorkel and mask. The trick is how to get in cool water. Once in it gets better. At Williford it was fun to swim down to the spring opening and feel the current.

At Gainer Springs I took my camera along the sides and got some nice pics of Bass and Bream fish. Paddlesolo gave my Pungo140 a try. Times are when a kayak is more suitable than a canoe and visa versa.

I gave this a moderately difficult rating because of the upstream paddling. First we had to paddle up spring runs to the springs. And we ended the trip with a 15 minute paddle against a good current to the take-out on the southwest side of the bridge.

If you are in the area but have limited time, I would recommend this abbreviated trip to catch all the highlights of this section of Econfina Creek.

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Location Data:

Difficulty: Moderate
Location Type: River
Boat Type: Kayak
Distance (miles): 2
Fees/Costs $: 5


Photos from Livery to SR-20:    (Click image to view full size)

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Econfina Creek

I love the wild palm trees along the bank of Econfina Creek. Looks like we are going towards real Florida.

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Fern covered banks

Econfina Creek has limestone banks. At places they look like swiss cheese covered with ferns.

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Fern covered banks

Econfina Creek has limestone banks. At places they look like swiss cheese covered with ferns.

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Taletale signs

Where you find the blue water entering the creek is a spring run. Paddle upstream to the spring.

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Chris over spring

Chris poses over a crystal clear spring.

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Swimmers

We ditch the boats and go swimming. Paddlesolo is the first one in.

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Snorkelers

With mask and snorkel, I swim down to the spring oriface.

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Snorkelers

Paddlesolo joins in on the snorkel.

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Swimmers

Found this bass in Gainer spring.

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Swimmers

Lots of bream in the spring area.

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Sylvian Spring

This spring was knee deep. But another group found many tadpoles behind the trees in this picture.

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Fenceline Spring

This spring was on the east bank. This is the spring run.

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Fenceline Spring

The head spring is just past the fallen palm tree. The tree is still alive. Amazing.

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Fenceline Spring

This is a boil on Fenceline Spring

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Gainer Springs

This is the last spring of the Gainer Springs.

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Gainer Springs

Gainer Springs is full of boats on our first attempt to visit it.

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gpax

Chris took a picture of me in my Pungo140. I bought this boat when I kept having cracking problems with my beloved Redfish. The Redfish problem is still inwork.



Special Interests and Comments:

Special InterestsEconfina Creek Canoe Livery
(850) 722-9032
5641 Porter Pond Rd # A
Youngstown, FL 32466
canoeeconfinacreek.com



Post Date: 8/15/2009

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