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Wekiva River Report
(Katie's Landing)

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Report By:  Unknown    Date: 8/30/2010 
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After a disappointing paddle on Fisheating Creek, a 250 mile round trip with little wildlife, I stayed close to home to paddle the Wekiva River and Blackwater Creek. I ask myself why I bother going anywhere other than the Wekiva and its tributaries.

My Report:

Put in at Katie’s Landing about 10 after 9. As I was getting ready, a State Park pickup with a kayak pulled up. "Business or pleasure?" "Both, manatee research" Nice work if you can get it. She said there had been reports of manatees well up the Wekiva from the St Johns. She saw three last week about a mile downstream from Katie’s. I told her about the one I saw my last time on the part of the Wekiva, back in July.

After nothing but ibis Saturday on Fisheating Creek, I saw ibis, turkey and sandhill cranes in the first five minutes of the down River paddle. Followed by blue heron, great blue herons, anhinga, tri colored heron and a few alligators. I arrived at the mouth of Blackwater Creek 10:50. On the way I saw one other paddler, kayaker coming up the River. I bet he launched from Katie’s before me. Heard 2 behind me. I assume 2 guys who drove up as I was leaving Katie’s. I was going slow, after a 7 hour paddle Saturday and a return up River paddle to come. More motor boats than I like to see, 8-10, but half weren't moving. Fishing.

I headed up Blackwater Creek for forty minutes. Ibis, limpkins and alligators. I had thoughts of paddling to the blockage I encountered in July, when I paddled down Blackwater Creek from the Seminole State Forest several times. Two downed trees, one low, one high. There were a lot of fresh saw marks on the section I did paddle. Perhaps someone removed the road block. But, that would have been another 20-30 minutes up Creek paddling, and I was pretty tired. So, I went as far as the high spot on the right bank where I often stop. I was getting ready to take a picture, more to mark the time than anything else, when I saw three otters on the bank.

I landed, saw another otter, and heard a splash on the other side of the mound. Probably a gator, I've seen them sunning here. Filled the water bottle, took out a sandwich, which I ate while floating down Blackwater Creek. Didn't want to take time out of the water as the sky was getting darker. Not dark enough to keep a very large alligator from resting on a log. Just down from it, a lot of little gators, I assume, the family. One the way up the Creek, a large gator sank below the surface as I approached. Then I heard, plop! plop! plop! and turned my attention to the source of the sound. Little alligators sliding off a log until one remained. On the way back, knowing what to expect, I was able to see more of the little guys.

Back on the Wekiva. More herons, blue, great blue and tricolored. Anhingas, alligators, turtles and great egrets. No manatees this time. It rained, lightly, on and off. The threatening skies got rid of the power boats on the way back to Katie’s Landing. Only saw two. No paddlers.
A five hour paddle. Which impressed a couple fishing at the landing. I had to tell them this was my easy day, after 7 hours on Saturday. But today’s paddle was much better then Saturday’s journey to Fisheating Creek.

My day was not over. I left Katie’s, crossed the Wekiva, and entered the Seminole State Forest. Where I went for a 9.77 bike ride. Saw a buck, hawk and armadillo.

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Location Data:

Difficulty: Moderate
Location Type: River
Boat Type: Kayak
Fees/Costs $: 2? 3?

Photos from Katie's Landing:    (Click image to view full size)

Ibis No Comm
Turkey No Comm
Sandhill Cranes No Comm
Sandhill Cranes
Blue heron No Comm
Blue heron
Great blue heron No Comm
Great blue heron
Anhinga No Comm
Yaking with Dave No Comm
Yaking with Dave
Tri colored heron No Comm
Tri colored heron
Alligator No Comm
Blackwater Crk mouth No Comm
Blackwater Crk mouth
Alligator No Comm
Family tree No Comm
Family tree
Otter No Comm

Tree canopy, overcast, and unskilled photogarpher makes a poor pic. But, its all I have.

Alligator No Comm
Close up No Comm
Close up
Young'uns No Comm
Wekiva from Blackwat No Comm
Wekiva from Blackwat
Great blue heron No Comm
Great blue heron
Wekiva River No Comm
Wekiva River
Blackwater Creek No Comm
Blackwater Creek
Limpkin No Comm
Turtle No Comm

Somewhere nearby, a gator has a tooth ache.

Herons blue & tri No Comm
Herons blue & tri
Ibis & mallards No Comm
Ibis & mallards

Or, Florida mottled ducks?

Great egret No Comm
Great egret
Blackwater Creek No Comm
Blackwater Creek

View from my bike, Seminole State Forest bridge.

Post Date: 8/30/2010

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