We will begin our paddle Tuesday morning, launching at the Suwannee Canal Recreational Area. This Canal was dug during the late 1800’s in an attempt to drain the swamp to make way for sugarcane and cotton fields. Due to it’s openness and width, you will likely get the honor of seeing gators basking in the sun on fallen logs or even swimming among us. Wait, What?! YUP! From there, we head North to camp upon the most desirable of platforms in the swamp – Round Top. Upon arriving we will pitch our tents directly on the platform as we watch the sun set from a 360 degree view of Chase Prairie. Then settle in for one incredibly peaceful night under the stars, weather permitting of course! Bring your fishin’ poles, cause here at this site the fishing is said to be superb! 12 miles total. Coffee Bay day use shelter provides both a means to stretch the legs at around a half way point as well as a ‘bathroom’ break!
The next day prepare yourself for yet another beautiful and leisurely paddle, traversing East through to the other end of Chase Prairie to the Canal Run platform. It is only 8 miles total to dock at camp for the night. There is potential for side trail exploration if that isn’t enough mileage for you, though access may be limited at this time due to water levels lowering during Georgia’s recent drought. This platform is attached to land, therefore campfires are permitted – and we WILL be having one! Here you have a tree line behind you to break the wind and with a little luck from Mother Nature, another clear view of the stars above!
On our third and last day of paddling, we will head South East for an easy 10 mile journey back to our cars, navigating the same way we came in through the thick layers of Spanish Moss hanging from the trees. This gives us a chance to spend the day exploring, taking our time – enjoying the mirrored reflections the swamp’s iconic blackened waters provide. Once again, we pass Coffee Bay day use shelter for a halfway point snack and stretch!
TOWARDS THE END OF MARCH UNIQUELY BRINGS THE BEGINNING OF SPRING FEVER IN THE SWAMP! Alligators are often more active in preparation for mating season therefore your chances to see them greatly increase! Be certain to pack those cameras, as you won’t want to miss an opportunity to boast about all the wildlife your encounter! Additional wildlife abundant to the area are river otters, water turkey, great blue heron, great egret, barred owl and a multitude of frogs, just to name a few. Chances are you’ll experience just about every one of these this time of year!
We will hang our food, just as we do in the Wilderness, as raccoon and other wildlife do inhabit the swamp. Full Moon Adventures always practices Leave No Trace. So what we bring on the trip, we carry out with us.