S22SJRT Coastal, Rivers and Blueways Trails

St Johns River Trail

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St John's River Trail Segment 22 Information 

This Segment starts at Blue Cypress Lake and consists of the first eight legs of the Upper Basin of the 310 mile long north flowing river. It is the longest flowing river in Florida. Water levels vary considerably with rainfall amounts. Extremely high waters can occasionally inundate campsites, and extremely low water levels can make it almost impossible to get to some campsites. Paddling is recommended when water levels are at the moderate stage. Contact the St Johns River Water Management District for for water conditions. Always paddle with a flag on a high pole, as this is airboat country, and high grasses can prevent good visibility. Wind can be an important factor on some of the larger lakes that the St Johns passes through. Make sure to carry plenty of water and food on this Segment because there are few stops where you can resupply. Make sure you leave a good float plan. Carry good maps, a compass and GPS, as there are a lot of ribbon creeks in this Segment and it is easy to get lost. This part of the trail includes short portages around weirs. This Segment is recommended for advanced paddlers only. For more details contact the St Johns River Alliance. There is an abundance of wildlife along this trail including plenty of gators, shorebirds, eagles, ospreys and waterfowl. For the remainder of the St Johns River Trail, See Segments 23,  24 and 25.

NOTE Great care has been taken to ensure this guides accuracy, but weather, tides, and water conditions can change rapidly and create hazardous conditions. These maps are for visual reference only, please consult NOAA Charts for navigation. Paddlers should have all proper safety equipment and check conditions before departure. All paddlers should always wear PFDs while on the water, and leave a float plan. There are inherent dangers in any paddle sport. There are special hazards along the Florida rivers due to shifting tides, changing wind and weather,  water levels, and treacherous bottoms with soft mud, rocks, and possible deadfall. It is up to each paddler to be aware of these dangers, to accept and be prepared for the risks involved, and to be certain they have the skills to safely paddle in these conditions.



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