We recently had the opportunity to join the Sandy Oaks RV Park kayak group on a couple very nice paddles on sections of the Withlacoochee River near Dunnellon Florida. We met the group while staying at the RV park in 2018. They are a very active and friendly group. We are learning much more about the kayaking adventures available.
The river courses from the Green Swamp to the Gulf of Mexico through a rare all natural area of the state. Withlacoochee is a native American word meaning crooked river.
Our first trip this year was from a launch site near Dunnellon on the crystal clear Rainbow River down to the Withlacoohee, up the Withlacoochee to a lunch stop and back again. A total of 6.3 miles. There were 13 kayaks and 16 people. The Rainbow has a pretty stiff current so the paddle back was a workout.
Our second trip was from a put-in at the end of Turner Camp Rd near Inverness. This road dead ends deep in the wilderness at a nice ramp. From there we paddled northwest 9.3 miles with a lunch stop at a spring bubbling up right alongside the river. Crystal clear with bass and other fishes clearly visible. The entire trip was downstream so while long, was a pretty easy paddle. Again we had 13 kayaks and 15 people. This trip was A to B so we had about a 50 minute shuttle to reunite cars and kayaks. Great trip. Many thanks to the Sandy Oaks Kayak Club.