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Mileage

Post By:jamole on 1/20/2017 3:13pm
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I am a relatively new paddler & want to do my first overnight. Maps show routes in miles, but I have no idea how many miles I paddle in an hour/day. How do you measure miles on the water?

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Post By: dejavu on 1/21/2017 5:55pm

A typical recrerational paddler will average 2.5+ miles per hour over flat water with not current.

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Post By: overstreet on 1/23/2017 12:56pm

1. Maps show routes in miles...............I'm hoping that is like the map of the Suwannee River trail with specific river mile marker points.
2. The best way is to keep a trip log noting water, conditions, current, wind, mileage and time. After a while you'll note what you can do how fast, etc.
3. To get reliable information I track paddles on a GPS or my smart phone. Smart phone uses Map My Fittness app. Note this will eat a lot of battery time on some phones.

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Post By: overstreet on 1/23/2017 1:06pm

For example, See the river miles on the Suwannee River wilderness trail map. Suwannee wilderness trail Map

These make good first time overnights. Note they are 13, 15. 19 miles distant. There is no charge for the River Camps. River camps are all up the hill from the water and involve a little carry. Most have wagons. Water, electricity, screen porches, hot showers.......flush toilets.

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Post By: malpog312 on 3/13/2017 4:49am

I feel your pain since I can never accurately judge how far I've gone till I get to the end. Suggestions: Consult a trail guide such as DEP's that divides the rivers into segments. On the Suwannee we would typically paddle 15 miles a day without much effort, on smaller rivers, e.g., Aucilla, Sopchoppy, an 8 to 10 mile trip would take equivalent time. These during average summer water levels not at or near flood.

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Post By: bowers06 on 3/14/2017 9:49pm

2-3 miles per hour. A lot of designated trails will give you mileage on the water (as opposed to flying straight on in an airplane) so if you twist and turn along your route it will be included.

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