Experience Ocklawaha River's rich history while Canoeing or Kayaking with
Ocklawaha River Outpost and Resort.
With so much in Florida changed by
man through development, growth, and the influx of residents one wonders what
the true Florida looked like. Fortunately some areas of Florida have been saved
from mans intrusion. The middle portion of the Ocklawaha River is one such
place. The 110 mile long river originates in several lakes near the center of
the state and flows northward along the edge of the Ocala National Forest
before it joins the St. Johns River south of Palatka. The Ocklawha forms the
western and northern boundaries while the St. Johns forms the eastern boundary
of the Ocala National Forest.
Having been saved from the effects of
the Cross-Florida Barge Canal
much of the Ocklawaha is, as it was hundreds of years ago, in its pristine
natural beauty, totally unmarred by restaurants, marinas, gas pumps or
waterfront homes. Early in the morning, mist rises over spring-fed streams.
Clear water runs gently through semi-tropical forests and moss-draped trees.
Canoeists wind through narrow waterways lined with gnarly cypress, swamp maples
and sable palms. Occasionally the river widens into lily pad filled ponds.
Not many people think of dense forest and tree canopied rivers when they
think of Florida. The canopied Ocklawaha River is wild enough to have bobcats,
deer, and black bears along its shore, otters swimming the channels and side
creeks and wild turkeys strutting along the banks and roosting in the tall
cypress. It is home to more than 100 species of fish, 200 varieties of birds,
and 300 different mammals. There is no better way to enjoy this beautiful river
than in a day or overnight canoe trip right through the heart of the river.
Remember......whether you spell it
Ocklawaha or Oklawaha...you're in the right place!!!!
N.E. 152nd Place Fort McCoy, FL 32134