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Report By:  seaofcortezgirl    Date: 8/29/2010 
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We put in at King's Landing (by Kelly Park) and headed over to the newly opened Emerald Cut. This area has been closed for last 15 years.

My Report:

We paid our $10 per kayak to put-in at King's Landing specifically to explore the newly opened Emerald Cut. The cut is directly across the canal opening from King's Landing. The water is beautifully clear, pristine. The bottom is the nice white sand which you find at Weeki Watchee and if you reach down you can scoop up quite a few shells. I know from swimming at Kelly Park (upstream) we have found zillions of sharks teeth and I can only imagine the numbers available if one were to look.

We paddled .4 miles up the cut before we encountered a log jam. I don't know if it was purposely put there, but King's Landing website seemed to indicate we could proceed to the spring's headwater, which we were not able to. It did look like there was some "trampings" out of the water and maybe around the log jam, but we did not explore as there was very heavy vegetation and it also could have been an animal trail, if you get my drift. The water on the other side of the log jam was pretty deep with a good current running under and over it, and when I was sitting on top of the log pondering pulling my kayak over, I suddenly had about a 1,000 tiny spiders crawling up my leg. Well, I pondered no longer and quickly slid back into my kayak. If any one has made it around or over the log jam, please let me know how much further to the head spring. We were really disappointed that we had to stop at this point.

See pictures. It is much prettier in person...of course.

We went downstream about 2.5 miles and then paddled back up and took out at King's Landing. We saw one small alligator and heard some baby's making their high pitched sound coming from the reeds. Also, there were numerous turtles. It seems that if an area sustains turtles, an alligator is in the midst.

Happy Paddling.....

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Location Data:

Difficulty: Moderate
Location Type: River
Boat Type: Kayak
Distance (miles): 5.5
Fees/Costs $: 20.

Photos from Rock Springs Run:    (Click image to view full size)

Emerald Cut Opening No Comm
Emerald Cut Opening

Opening to Emerald Cut, across from King's Landing canal

Emeral Cut 2 No Comm
Emeral Cut 2

Emerald Cut

Emerald Cut 3 No Comm
Emerald Cut 3

Emerald Cut

Emerald Cut 4 No Comm
Emerald Cut 4

Emerald Cut

Emerald Cut 5 No Comm
Emerald Cut 5

Emerald Cut

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Emerald Cut 6

Emerald Cut

Emerald Cut-End No Comm
Emerald Cut-End

Emerald Cut - End of the Road

Emerald Cut Splash No Comm
Emerald Cut Splash

Little fun at the cut

Emeral Cut shells No Comm
Emeral Cut shells


Rock Springs Run No Comm
Rock Springs Run

Main Spring Run

Ally Gator No Comm
Ally Gator

Sunning Gator

Half Shells No Comm
Half Shells

Turtle Wall...there were many more (right you say!), really before we disturbed them


Post Date: 8/30/2010

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