FLASH PADDLE: Econfina Creek
Date: December 12, 2004
Time: 7:30 AM
Place: Meet at Oasis Truck Stop on I-10 at Wilcox Road exit 53
Contact: Sonya Wood Mahler- 709-7588 (cell)
Comments: We will travel to Hwy 20 & Hwy 77 north of Panama City. The Econfina Creek is the source of drinking water for the city of Panama City, FL. It is a brown, slow-moving creek with crystal clear springs feeding into it along the way. The banks of the creek are rolling hills of loose sand, often hundreds of feet deep. Intermixed with the hills are dozens of shallow, sand-bottomed lakes that have extremely clear water.
We will put in at Hwy 20, go upstream to Pitt Spring, Williford Spring and Blue Spring. Then we will go downstream past our put-in to several large springs, down to Hwy 388, and back up to Hwy 20 by 4:00 PM.
If interested, you may transport your kayak on Sonya's trailer for $10 or rent a kayak from her for $40. Please contact Sonya by Wed., December 8th, to arrange for a rental and get a headcount. If you are renting, give her your height and weight, so she can choose the right boat for you.
This is a beginner-friendly paddle with some upriver paddling. It will be good for snorkling, so you may want to bring fins, mask and with 70 degree water, a wetsuit jacket.
Be sure to bring: towel, jacket, polartec or sweatshirt, hat, sunglasses, water shoes, camera, lunch, drinks, pfd and change of clothes. Sonya will bring: first aid supplies, bottled water, maps to the put-in site and of the creek.
For further general information, call Bob Andrews - 251-367-4144 cell