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Wekiva River Report
(Lower Wekiva River)

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Report By:  darkknight    Date: 8/20/2011 
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A nice and easy paddle in the waters of the Wekiva River from and back to Katie's Landings.

My Report:

After two weeks without paddling it was time to go back to the water. My favorite photographer, my wife, was not able to come with me because her parents are visiting and she wants to spend as much time as she can with them. So, I went for a solo paddle with a short, nice, and easy paddle in my mind and that is what I did. Started around 9:30~9:40 and ended up at 1:45.

It was a hot and humid steamy day. Even with all the tree canopies in the Wekiva River the heat was incredible. Even the gators were staying in the shaded areas and I have pics to prove it. Smile . Other than that it was a typical day on the Wekiva River. Gators, turtles, lots of birds, and manatees. Huh? Manatees? Yes...manatees.

Coming out of a small island 15 or 20 minutes out of Katie's Landings going down river, I heard the characteristic pfffft the manatees do when they surface. First thought that it was my imagination. A quick look around was not productive since no manatee was in sight. Told myself that I was not that lucky to spot manatees on the Wekiva River and kept doing what I was doing when heard another pfffft, this time with a a splash after it. When looked at the area from where the sounds came spotted a manatee first and then another one as the current took me near them.

As the pics session started another manatee surfaced near my yak. The waters of the river were not as clear as they use to be being a springs fed river. The rains around the area for the last three days have turned the most of the time clear/greenish waters in tea colored waters and you have to be in the right angle to be able to see what is under. With that being said it was not too easy for me to spot the sea cows when they went under. Had to rely on the bubbles and the ripples they made.

After some minutes with the manatees left the area and continued my trip paddling and floating down river. Did not find a single person in the river until after noon, when I turned around back to Katie's. The gentleman was coming down river in a gray yak. Saw him again when loading my yak.

I posted a report with more details in our blog Views From Our Kayak-Lower Wekiva River

Had a problem with my wife's camera. She has some settings she uses to shoot pics and thinking that I could do better changed them. The results were not good and most of the pics I took ended deleted. Lesson learned in a very hard way. She is going to be saying "I told you so" for days to come. Sad

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Location Data:

Difficulty: Moderate
Location Type: River
Boat Type: Kayak
Distance (miles): 4
Fees/Costs $: 3.00

Photos from Lower Wekiva River:    (Click image to view full size)

Ibis No Comm
Turtles sunning No Comm
Turtles sunning
Turtle No Comm
Manatees No Comm

Manatees on the Wekiva River

Manatees No Comm

Manatees on the Wekiva River

Three manatees No Comm
Three manatees

The pic is not very clear but you can see the shape of three manatees on it. The river was tea colored this time because the recent rains in the area.

Great Blue Heron No Comm
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron No Comm
Green Heron
Moorhen No Comm
Pileated Woodpecker No Comm
Pileated Woodpecker
Scenic Wekiva River No Comm
Scenic Wekiva River
Gator No Comm

Told you that even the gators were in the shade.

Big gator No Comm
Big gator
Little Blue Heron No Comm
Little Blue Heron
Sandhill Cranes No Comm
Sandhill Cranes

The chick is the one in the middle


Post Date: 8/20/2011

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