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Kayak Extreme Emerald Cut


Refreshing spring water

This was our first trip using Outbound as a guide. It was late Oct. We used our paddleboards for the trip which can be a little different than kayaks or canoes as we have fins under our boards that can get snagged on submerged deadfall and the sandy bottom. The Rock Spring Run flows at a nice pace and is shallow in most places but not so shallow that we ever had to portage. The first third of the trip is rather shady, and the bottom dark so is a little difficult to see the logs and branches just below the surface. Polarized sunglasses helped a lot. Once the river opens up there is all kinds of aquatic plants, Lillypads, and grasses swaying in the current. Since the water is so clear you can see Large Mouth Bass and pan fish everywhere. We even passes over a 2 ft. Alligator as he lay on the bottom. The highlight of the trip was spotting 2 Black Bears in some trees along the bank. One resting on a breach, the other munching berries in the top of a cabbage palm. We finished the 8 miles in about 4 hrs. which included a couple of breaks and Bear watching. We did not get to paddle upstream to Emerald but will likely return to check it out as well. The Boys at Kings Landing shuttled us and our paddleboards back for $20 each, a very hardworking proffesional team. Though we didn’t camp, there were 3 primitive camp sites on the river, you can book through Wekiva State Park. This was a great trip! Thanks Zachary Ganster for the tip.

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