|Put-in: CR-419 bridge in Oviedo, FL|
|Little Big Econ Canoe Launch|
|Launch site under the 419 bridge|
The weather couldn't have been any better.
I did get a picture of this high flying Red Shouldered Hawk that was circling overhead looking for lunch... We saw 2 more Bald Eagles before moving further down the river, but this little point-and-shoot camera takes to long to turn on.
The turtles were taking advantage of the sunshine today. Most turtles are shy, and hit the water well before I could get a picture, but this guy was posing for my camera.
The river has a lot of downed trees, and submerged logs. We were able to navigate around, over, or under all of them without having to portage.
The banks of the
Little Econ River are high at some points. Erosion is a big problem here.
|This tree tried to kill me!|
Just minutes later an underwater log jumped out of the water and flipped my Dad's little kayak over spilling him into the river! HAHaha!
We saw 4 gators today. The gators in the
Little Econ are BIG... and don't like to have their picture taken.
|Flagler Trail Bridge|
There were not very many paddlers on the river today, but we ran into a few groups of hikers around the Flagler Trail Bridge. They were all talking about the HUGE 12+ foot gator that was in the area.
WARNING: Once you pass the bridge be prepared to run into large groups of River Rats. White trash holding a beer in one hand, a cigarette in the other while dropping F-bombs in front of their young children who are swimming in the river without a life vest. Most of the River Rats also let their unleashed Pit Bulls roam freely, and chase kayakers passing by. This portion of the river is littered with beer cans.
|another sunning turtle|
It's getting late, so I will finish with these pictures... (click to enlarge)
I picked up my truck, and was driving down Snow Hill Rd. when a small white car decided to play a game of "chicken" with my much larger Dodge Ram. It crossed the solid double yellow line, and was coming at me head on! I flashed my headlights, and laid on the horn... They didn't move! I slowed down, and pulled completely off the road to avoid a head on collision with these idiots... They drove by LAUGHING! They were probably the same drunken River Rats mentioned above.
Overall, I would rate this trip a 7 out of 10. It loses a point for the tree that almost fell on me, the pit bull that chased my kayak, and the drunken river rats. I believe kayak camping is allowed on the Econ River with a special-use permit from the Little Big Econ State Forest office, but I will have to look into that... The best part about the Econlockhatchee River is the price. FREE! So pack a lunch, and grab a paddle. Just keep an eye out for gators the size of your kayak!
EDIT: The 8 mile stretch we paddled was the Econlockhatchee River, not the Little Econ River. Thank you to Dave from Dave's Yak Tales for the correction.