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Rising Tides Ocklawaha River Paddle and Camp
June 4 @ 9:30 am - June 5 @ 10:00 am
Join Rising Tides for our annual paddle + camping trip on the Ocklawaha River – the largest tributary of the St. Johns! We will begin our journey at Ray Wayside Park (9564 NE 28th Ln, Silver Springs, FL 34488) on Saturday, June 4. Meet there at 9:30 a.m. for a prompt takeoff at 10 a.m. to paddle to Gores Landing (13800 NE 98th St, Fort McCoy, FL 32134) where we will set up camp for the night. The paddle is approximately 13 miles, but all downstream and is an easy paddle even for beginners.
Sunday morning, you can head home or join us for a paddle from Gores Landing to the Ocklawaha Canoe Outpost & Resort (15260 NE 152nd Pl, Fort McCoy, FL 32134), about a 9-mile journey. We will have a car(s) parked at Gores Landing to shuttle participants and their boats back to Ray’s on Sunday.
Campsites at Gores Landing are first-come, first-served. Gores Landing is a cozy campground right on the banks of the Ocklawaha River. If any campers would like to set up camp before the paddle, they may arrive at Gores Landing Friday night.
Participants must bring all of your own gear. The following is recommended:
- Food, snacks, extra water
- Kayak or Canoe and Gear (Paddle/PFD/Whistle)
- Camping Gear (Tent, Sleeping Bag/Blanket/Pillow)
- Bug repellant
- Hat/Sunglasses/Sun-Protective Clothing
Rising Tides is for young professionals and community-minded advocates who want to help support the St. Johns River and St. Johns Riverkeeper through membership and participation in a range of social activities that give members the opportunity to get their feet wet out on the river, participate in advocacy efforts and more.