Camp out and paddle Marianna waterways Mar. 1 – 4

January 26, 2012

Explore some of Northwest Florida’s most beautiful waterways

The ‪Florida Panhandle Canoe & Kayak Connection‬ is hosting a camp-out and paddle 4-day event March 1-4 at Florida Caverns State Park. Camp out at the beautiful State Park and paddle Dry Creek, Holmes Creek, Ocheesee Poind and the Chipola River.

If you wish to camp, make your reservations immediately by clicking here.
Florida Caverns is small and only has 35 sites, and spring week-ends fill up fast.

Thursday: March 1- Dry Creek. The shuttle will leave Florida Caverns State Park at 9 a.m.  Those who are driving for the day can meet the group at the second I-10 exit for Marianna. This is a 5 mile paddle through a remote area with little chance to get out.  We will eat at a landing shortly before take-out.
Potluck at the Horse Stables Pavilion in the park at 5:30 p.m.

Friday: March 2 – Holmes Creek.  The shuttle will leave Florida Caverns State Park at 8:30 a.m. We will put in at Culpepper Landing and paddle up to Cypress Springs, down to Vernon Park and boat ramp for lunch and  take out at Fanning Branch Park and Boat Ramp.  This is an easy 8 mile paddle. There is an option of taking out at Vernon Park which is a 5 mile paddle.  Contact the trip leader prior to the shuttle if you choose this option.  Day paddlers should met at Culpepper Landing around 9:15.

Saturday: March 3 – Ocheesee Pond. Shuttle will leave Florida Caverns at 9:00 a.m.  6.4 mile loop paddle on flat water with a 3/4 mile open stretch of pond and then through cypress trees.  Easy paddle, only one place to get out for a lunch break. This paddle is best done in a kayak, if you have a canoe it is good to have a double-bladed paddle for the open water. Those coming for the day can find the directions on the Greenwave Forum ( and meet us at the Ocheesee Pond boat ramp at 9:30. Dinner at the Oaks Restaurant at 5:30.  Please let Frances know if you will participate.

Sunday: March 4 – Chipola River from Yancey Bridge boat landing to Magnolia boat landing. Shuttle will leave Florida Caverns at 9:00 a.m. 10 mile easy paddle. Lunch will be the Hinson Park.

ATTENTION: If you don’t intend to camp but wish to do day paddles, e-mail to be added to the list, and for answers to questions you might have.

Contact: Home Phone: (850)482-4480, Cell: (850)209-4575