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Santa Fe Camping?

Post By:padlnjones on 11/27/2016 9:53am
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hi, I and some friends have an Okefenokee permit for mid December, but it looks like the water levels will be too low, so we are considering the Santa Fe (which none of has run yet) as a back up plan.

I have done some basic research, and I see a 27 mile run down to Hwy 129, and a 39 mile run to Hwy 340. We will be out 3 nights, 4 days, so would prefer the longer trip, but I read that the river is more developed and motor-boaty below 129. any comments on that?

also, I have found the gauging stations for the Santa Fe, but dont know how to interpret the levels as far as "what is too low"? we will be in loaded tandem canoes.

We would prefer to camp right on the river (beach, or bank) instead of in established campgrounds. Is it permitted to do so, and are there frequent opportunities for a group of 5 couples to pull over and set camp. with the short days of December we dont want to be looking for a camp in the dark...

Any advice or suggestions greatly appreciated!

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RE: Santa Fe Camping?
Post By: dejavu on 11/28/2016 5:38am

Contact Santa Fe Canoe Outpost at (386) 454-2050 for latest information.

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RE: Santa Fe Camping?
Post By: alex on 12/5/2016 7:53pm

My group of 7 just did an overnight trip on this river this past weekend. We only did the 15 mile trip (in one night) but there are tons of springs to swim and kill time at. There are a number of private parks you can pay to camp at (blue and ginnie springs come to mind), but there's plenty of public land you can camp too. The High Springs Canoe Outpost is super helpful and can help you plan your trip.

The Sante Fe is a beautiful paddle. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

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