Choctawhatchee River Paddle Trail

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  1. Kurt Lischka

    Kurt Lischka Admin Staff Member

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    This sounds like a ton of funn!

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    [FONT=Arial][SIZE=3]At the recent Walton Commissioner meeting, Knauer noted Walton has a tremendous wealth of natural resources. The three are putting together a paddle trail for canoes, kayaks and other craft. The trail would connect with the Holmes Creek trail and the Florida Hiking Trail crosses the area.[/SIZE][/FONT]
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    [SIZE=3][FONT=Arial]They are working on getting a $200,000 grant with $50,000 matching from the Water Management District. Cleckley said the district owns land along the river and creeks. He also noted there are oxbow lakes, springs and archeological sites. The trail is being based on one at the [/FONT][FONT=Arial]Suwannee[/FONT][FONT=Arial] [/FONT][FONT=Arial]River[/FONT][FONT=Arial].[/FONT][/SIZE]
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    [SIZE=3][FONT=Arial]The trip would be 57 miles total. The sections would provide segments where people could pick different legs of the trail based on experience and time. There would also be stops where people could stay overnight. Knauer said the trail could include the river north in [/FONT][FONT=Arial]Holmes[/FONT][FONT=Arial] [/FONT][FONT=Arial]County[/FONT][FONT=Arial] as an additional extension in the future. The trail would connect with the Holmes Creek trail. There would be kayak and canoe racks at each site and the trail crosses the Florida Scenic Hiking Trail. There will also be bank fishing sites and [/FONT][FONT=Arial]ADA[/FONT][FONT=Arial] enhancements where possible. There could also be small cabins for sleeping bags, basically elevated screened rooms that could be reserved. The Cowford site might have restrooms and showers.[/FONT][/SIZE]
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    I've been wanting to paddle the Choctawhatchee River for some time now and this would be perfect.
     
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    The Choctawhatchee River is very dangerous. The water is deep, very swift, and murky, and you cannot see what's under you. Anyone who travels this river, or it's branches, must be very skilled. It isn't Disney World folks.
     
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    Aren't there trips you can take with an experienced guide who has a local business? Anyone know who these people may be (really experienced guides). Thanks, Paula
     
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    Not all of the rivers/creeks have guides or kayak/canoe rentals. The best advice I can give for people wanting to paddle a new location is to join a local paddling club and go on the group trips. I always go with a group any time I'm tackling a new destination. The next best advice I can give is don't paddle beyond your experience level, and the third piece of advice would be is to always wear your life jacket.
     

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