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The Ocala National Forest is home to many great paddling locations and Juniper Springs has to be in the top 3. Starting from a large blue spring in the rec area, the spring run twists and turns its way through 7 miles of sub-tropical wilderness.

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 Date: 10/2/2010
 Miles: ~4Photos: 12 
(Juniper Creek) This was an intent to paddle Juniper Creek Master YakDave style, from Juniper Wayside to Juniper Springs Park.

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 Date: 12/26/2009
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 Miles: 7.21Photos: 16 
(Juniper Springs Run) Wonderful day on the 7.12 mile Juniper Springs run. First one on the water as usual. Winter paddling is great, cool crisp and free of tourists seeking cool water from the summer heat!

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 Date: 12/6/2008
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 Miles: 7Photos: 18 
The alarm went off at 4:30am. I slowly got up, cleaned up and loaded up for a Juniper Springs run with the Lake County Paddlers club. Rain followed me from Tampa but fortunately stopped just outside of Ocala. At 8:10am I pulled into Juniper Springs...

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 Date: 8/9/2008
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 Miles: 7.3Photos: 13 
(Juniper Creek) A band of 9 adventurous kayakers made the trip from Juniper Springs Rec Area to the Hwy 19 Wayside Park during one of Green Wave's informal outings. Paddling 7 miles up, over and around all kinds of obstacles on this twisty jungle-like stream.

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 Date: 5/3/2008
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 Miles: 14Photos: 5 
Avoid the crowds and paddle upstream. Have lunch, swim, walk to the one of the most beautiful sites in Florida, then let the current take you back. Twice the fun at half (or no) cost.

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 Date: 9/25/2006
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 Miles: 7Photos: 8 
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ed on 12/11/2008 6:03am
Actually part of the old dock is still there, errrr, partially still there. There are a few posts pointing upward and a few planks but you'd be crazy to use it. Agree with Dave that it looks like it was hit by a tree or something. I have older photos showing the dock much longer. I think it is only about 5 feet at this point in time and angled at 10 to 20 degrees.
Unknown on 12/10/2008 5:51pm
The lawyer in me thinks the midpoint dock was removed for liability reasons. It was still there my last visit, November 22, 2008, but looked to be in very poor shape. Even worse than before. Most of the surface planks were gone, I thought perhaps a tree fell on it.

Paddlesolo, the resting spot is still there, only the "dock" is gone. I use parentheses because it was in terrible shape, high off the water, planks uneven and missing, nails poking out. It was and still is easier, though not easy, to wedge your craft in the cypress knees and scramble ashore.


I think the same raccoon visited my kayak while I snorkeled the Spring that same day.

paddlesolo on 12/10/2008 1:36pm
So impressed with our webmaster that he got out of bed at 4:30 a.m. to paddle. I admit that 5:30 a.m. is about as early as I can make it.

Good pictures, too bad about the good place to take a break. I suppose there should be balance, but I have noticed recently that "plants are more important than people" when state and national organizations improve areas. Nothing like creating put-ins that discourage paddling and removing a good resting spot. Do I sound bitter? yes! I'm having difficulty adjusting my thinking to this ecological correctness.
paddlesolo on 8/19/2008 12:21pm
Don't call those gorgeous red wild flowers “weeds”, plants are only weeds when they come up in a garden crowding out the vegetables.

Still have Juniper Creek on my list of must-do paddles. Thanks, Ed, for posting the trip and the great pic!
ed on 5/6/2008 5:34am
Never seen the alligator at Fern Hammock. That's a first I've heard about it. The photo of the deer is great and enjoy your underwater photos on Dave's Yak Tales.
Unknown on 5/3/2008 9:42pm
Ed, did you see an alligator in Fern Hammock Springs ? I've been there a dozen times, including in the yak (when there was not a buoy and rope across the mouth of the Run) and have never seen one. Was there today, here's a report.
http://davesyaktales.blogspot.com/2008/05/juniper-creek.html
jandbrare on 4/13/2008 10:13am
Ed, you must be an expert paddler if you think Juniper difficulty is only "moderate."
Great report and beautiful pictures. Good job!


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