Secrets of the Wacissa

October 14, 2023 @ 8:30AM — 4:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Wacissa River: 23605 Aucilla Landing Rd Boat ramp and parking is in front of this residence and down the street. Lamont, FL 32336 Get Directions

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Paddle the Wild Slave Canal

Join CPI President Ryan Means exploring the wild Wacissa River. This will be an unforgettable trip from Goose Pasture all the way to Nutall Rise, down the legendarily remote and wild Slave Canal. We will go with the flow for 5 miles, stopping frequently to experience and learn. Ryan has extensive scientific knowledge of and experience with the Wacissa River, and he is eager to share his natural history knowledge of the area with you. Many people have gotten lost down there in the past but---you most certainly will not get lost down there while traveling with Ryan! This experience will be equally rewarding for those who have done it before, or have always wanted to do it, but haven’t yet had the opportunity.

The unfortunately as such named—Slave Canal—isn’t really a canal. We’ll learn why and about the history. The Wacissa River is one of the world’s most pristine first magnitude spring ecosystems, and is a world-class aquatic natural realm. Experience towering forests of ancient cypress, mixed hardwood forests once browsed by mastodons, and myriad aquatic plants. We WILL experience the following things close-up: alligators of all size ranges, terrific turtles, and wiggling water snakes! We also will see huge gar, schools of mullet, and brilliant birds, such as herons, egrets, osprey, and anhinga. Hopefully, we’ll lay eyes on a limpkin.

You will experience lovely braided channels that few people have ever seen. The whole time, we’ll be embedded within one of our region’s remotest locations. Snorkeling is optional and encouraged. Bring your mask, snorkel, and any wet suit, if you have one. If we snorkel, we will observe fossil remains of ancient animals and discuss their natural history in the region.

Trip is limited to 8 people. Price includes guide, shuttle service, canoe/kayak and safety gear. Please pack your own lunch and personal belongings. We will supply complimentary extra water and drinks. We will meet at 8:30 am at the boat ramp at Aucilla Landing Road. Pile into our van. We will shuttle you to our launching point at Goose Pasture, jump in our boats, and our cars will be waiting for us at the end point. We will try to have you to your car by 4 pm, but that can be affected by whether we have to wait out any potential thunderstorms.

Please do not attend if you are feeling poorly or have any possible COVID symptoms. We will put you on a waiting list. Trip may be cancelled if weather looks really bad, or if minimum number is not reached. If we fill up, please still contact Ryan, and he will put you on a waiting list for the next trip!

All ticket proceeds go towards our efforts to preserve the incredible biodiversity of the southeastern Coastal Plain. Extra donations for this paddle trip will go towards the Apalachicola Riverkeeper's RiverTrek in support of preserving the amazing Apalachicola River!

Please contact Ryan with any questions: (850-544-5661)

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