Ichetucknee River was the first stop on our 3 day Paddleboard adventure. Found our house in the middle of the woods and went exploring. It was a leisurely paddle going with the current the entire journey. We must have looked unsteady as we started out as the lady beside us asked if this was our first day on paddle boards. Turns out Di was just wrestling with the life jacket that she refused to wear for the next 3 days (she did not like the whole life jacket on your vessel law) A plethora of turtles, cranes and fish could be seen along the way. The water was clear and cool (maintaining a year round temperature of 72 degree) with a bed of grass to paddle through. Keep an eye out for wayward kayakers and tubers. Tips for anyone wanting to do this river, go early and if you are in a group have one person take the shuttle back to the northern entrance car park to pick up the car, return to pick up the rest of the group and equipment. To note, the pick up location at southern end is private entry only but it is easy enough to take the equipment from the boat ramp to the road for private equipment pick up. (The entry for the north entrance was $6.00 a car) The rental place we used charged us per person and per board which was not as efficient or cost effective had we opted for single passenger pickup given we had our own boards. As we returned to the northern entrance car park we decided to check out the beautiful springs to swim in so Di could cool off after paddling.
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