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Kayak, Canoe, Boat Rides, Camping, SCUBA, Freshwater Springs, Abundant Wildlife and HOT pancakes for breakfast. Who could ask for more? At De Leon Springs State Park in Volusia County you can have it all.

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 Date: 5/13/2011
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 Miles: 7Photos: 15 
(De Leon Springs) Paddled from De Leon Springs to Spring Garden Creek. Went to the area where the old pontoon boat used to be and returned to the springs.

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 Date: 5/9/2011
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Less than stellar- NOT for beginners who want to see tons and work little

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 Date: 1/30/2011
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 Miles: 7 Photos: 7 
A great paddle....Paradise for Birds!

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 Date: 12/30/2010
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 Miles: ~7Photos: 30 
(Spring Garden Creek) A great paddle starting from De Leon Springs State Park to Lake Woodruff via Spring Garden Creek

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 Date: 10/22/2010
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 Miles: 8~9Photos: 23 
(De Leon Springs) Out of De Leon Sprngs, to Spring Garden Lake, to Spring Garden Creek and back.

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 Date: 5/17/2008
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 Miles: 5Photos: 5 
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 Date: 4/26/2008
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 Miles: 6Photos: 7 
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 Date: 4/13/2008
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 Miles: 7Photos: 8 
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 Date: 10/26/2007
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admin on 5/13/2011 5:01am
richardandleigh - thanks for the update on DeLeon Springs. Too bad about the paddle being less than enjoyable, but hey, at least the pancakes from the Old Spanish Sugar Mill were good and spring was refreshing!
Unknown on 1/30/2011 9:00pm
Nice catch. I refer to the leaping fish.
admin on 1/2/2011 9:09am
DK - I agree with you, I hate snakes too. Do like your photos though! Thanks for reminding us as to why we need to DeLeon Springs.
paddlesolo on 12/31/2010 5:55pm
No offense to the missus, but your photographic cataloging of all the birds you saw on the paddle was fantastic. The only advice I can give you is learn to tolerate snakes. The one that gave me a turn was on a Spring Creek paddle here in Marianna, and the water was crystal clear and I could see him swimming UNDER the water completely submerged. I thought "oh, dear, I never thought there might be snakes I can't see swimming with me when I take a dip in the rivers and streams". I love to swim when it is warm enough, so I am going to put that thought out of my mind.
admin on 10/25/2010 5:00pm
DK - enjoyed your DeLeon Springs article and photos. Always liked doing that run, especially pancakes afterward at Old Spanish Sugar Mill. Cool shot with "Blue Heron faces an angry Great Egret".
darkknight on 10/22/2010 6:07pm
I did enjoy it. A lot.

Yes. We made it to the Manatee Zone signs. Darn it. Actually went down the creek for approximately 10 minutes. So close. Will do it next time, because we are going back Cool

I do have alternates Fridays off and today was the day. Used to stay home. Not anymore. The only thing is that have to be back on time to pick up my daughter at school. Usually my wife does that but she is in the yak with me. Smile

She does take great pics. I agree...and is still learning. Still missing the Kingfisher. We had so many chances but she did not see them until it flew out of sight. I almost took the camera away from her Angry . Also missed a Black Crowned Heron and a Limpkin. The eagle was too far for a decent pic.

Dave, just want to let you know that your posts here and at your blog had helped me in ways you cannot imagine. Keep it up, not only you but everybody here. I just hope to pass it forward one day when I have more experience. In the meantime I plan to keep learning.

Thanks for the info about the ducks.

Unknown on 10/22/2010 5:33pm
I think the unidentified duck is a pie billed grebe.

Did you make it to the Manatee Zone signs? If so, Lake Woodruff is about 20 minutes down Creek.

Mrs.Knight takes some great pics.
Unknown on 10/22/2010 5:18pm
Must be nice having Friday's off. I saw the Home Page, with the DeLeon Springs report on top, and thought, wonder how Dark Knight enjoyed it.

As far as rays, the St. Johns system is full of creatures you'd expect in the ocean. Rays are relatively common in Silver Glen Spring. I saw a kid catch one at the dock at Volusia Blue Spring. Silver Glen also has crevalle jacks on occasion.And stripped bass. Blue crabs are everywhere. Salt Springs, Blackwater Creek. I've even seen one in the small spring at Wekiwa Spring. Heck, if it doesn't rain soon, who knows how far sharks may come up River. But I think if you don't go to J'ville, you'll be safe.
paddlesolo on 5/17/2008 2:39pm
Good report, I enjoyed reading about DeLeon Springs.

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