Camp Holly on the St. Johns, credit: Vince Lamb

Day 2 on the river brought sunny skies and wide lakes, connected by marshland ideal for airboating. Camp Holly was busting with tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of the many gators common in this stretch of river. The Tour Team reached Lake Washington, the largest lake in Brevard County, on a refreshing and placid day.

Our next stop took the Tour Team to River Lakes Conservation Area, a 39,000 acre property in Brevard and Osceola Counties acquired to restore marshes and natural flow to the St. Johns. Lake Poinsett and Lake Winder are surrounded by the property where cattle graze and 3 prehistoric middens have given insight into the archeological past of the St. Johns River native peoples

In the evening, a standing room only crowd listened attentively to Jane Durocher and Lisa Rinaman share stories about exploring the entire St. Johns in Viera, Florida. At 310 miles, Jane said her journey of the entire River was a life changing, and remembers almost each of the 155,000 strokes it took her to traverse the ever changing St. Johns. 

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