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The narrow, twisty Big Juniper Creek north of Milton is one of the local rivers that put Blackwater River State Park and Santa Rosa county on the map as "Canoe Capital of Florida". Part of Florida Greenways and Trails system.

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 Date: 12/9/2012
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 Miles: 8.5Photos: 7 
(Big Juniper) From Jan's Landing to Indian Ford Road.

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 Date: 8/7/2012
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 Miles: 5Photos: 2 
(SR-191 to Red Rock Road Bridge) SR-191 to Red Rock Road Bridge

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 Date: 6/5/2012
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 Miles: 6
(Red Rock to Indian Ford) Red Rock Road Bridge to Indian Ford Road Bridge

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 Date: 7/17/2010
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 Miles: 8+Photos: 4 
Big Juniper Creek from sweetwater creek at sandy landy road to indian ford road.

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 Date: 1/1/2010
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 Miles: 6.2Photos: 33 
(Red Rock to Indian Ford) Red Rocks to Indian Ford) 6.2 miles. 47 degrees.Overcast clearing during the paddle to clear skies. High water. Lots of downed trees but water way was clear. Clear coffee stained water. Sand bars and fine gravel.

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 Date: 6/14/2009
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 Miles: 6.2Photos: 10 
(Red Rocks to Indian Ford)    Read gpax's report
 Date: 5/3/2009
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 Miles: 6.2Photos: 27 
(Red Rocks to Indian Ford)    Read gpax's report
 Date: 1/3/2009
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 Miles: 4.4Photos: 27 
(Upper Sec CR-191 to Red Rock)    Read gpax's report
 Date: 10/6/2007
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 Miles: 6.2
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 Date: 10/29/2006
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 Miles: 7.5Photos: 6 
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paddlesolo on 8/12/2012 3:25pm
This is a comment about Eric trying to paddle up Sweetwater Creek. Guidebooks still list this as a stream to paddle, but the paddling trail has been removed from the state website. Paddlers have reported that after hurricane Ivan the forest service did not want the stream cut to facilitate paddling, but wanted it left as it was.
slashpine on 7/20/2010 5:08pm
Blackwater, as well. Both easy and strenuous (depending on where you put in and take out). Sandbars are one of many highlights.
paddlesolo on 7/19/2010 4:33pm
Bentley: Drive over and do the Econfina Creek near Youngstown. If you want a challenge, it is the upper section from Scotts Road down to Walsingham Bridge. Need to check water levels, which you can only do at the put-in. Anything over 3.8 is dangerous, and anything too low means one has to drag the boat. Another great Econfina paddle is from Walsingham Bridge to SR 20. Neither of those sections are used by the livery, at least on a regular basis.
admin on 1/5/2010 7:26am
GPAX - Look at that food spread and an oven? I'm going paddling with you guys!
paddlesolo on 6/24/2009 8:20am
Paddled Juniper Creek June 23. Wonderful summer paddle. The water is clear and cool with lots of spots to splash and cool down in the water, sandbars the length of the paddle, and surrounded with the Blackwater Forest. I had forgotten how great a summer paddle on this stream can be.
gpax on 5/6/2009 3:19pm
Update after Monday 5/4/09 storms. The bridge in the pictures is underwater.

Washouts close bridges, roads in Santa Rosa

Flooding in Santa Rosa County has closed some bridges and roads.

Juniper Creek Bridge, east of Abb Pitman Road on Indian Ford Road in the Harold area, is closed due to water over the bridge.

Both bridges on Red Rock Road, also in the Harold area, are closed due to water.

Old Martin Road north of Highway 4 in the Munson area is closed due to a washout. The detour is Hurricane Lake Road.

The bridge on Gordon Land Road is also closed.

Bear Lake closed for 30 days. Bear Lake inside the Blackwater River State Forest was closed to all access today due to the severe erosion of the lakeís dam and spillway complex, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which manages the lake.

The erosion is a result of rain over the last several weeks. The 107-acre lake is located in northeast Santa Rosa County.

The closure order is for 30 days, but could be extended if the damage takes longer to repair, according to the commissionís Stan Kirkland.

The adjoining campground, which is managed by the state Division of Forestry, has been closed, but an announcement on that issue is expected from the division later today, Kirkland said.
admin on 1/4/2009 6:46am
I can hardly believe that you guys cut your way down Big Juniper / Sweetwater. That was some work you put in. I've paddled up from Red Rock after trying to scout a suitable put-in from either Munson Hwy or SR-4. You got pics of my favorite cliffs in FLA.
Unknown on 1/3/2009 9:48pm

I rate this creek a three because of all the obstructions which makes this a difficult paddle.



I'd say your hard sawing group raised it to at least a 3.5.
paddlesolo on 10/9/2007 6:19pm
After Hurricane Ivan blocked Sweetwater Creek, the WFCKC was advised not to clear the creek, that the Forest Service wanted it to stay in that natural state. The Florida Canoe website for Sweetwater Creek has this note: "Important: Please Note that Sweetwater Creek is inaccessible to paddling due to extensive downfall and blockage. At this time, we do not recommend that Sweetwater Creek be used for recreational paddling. Paddlesolo


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