Suwannee River Paddling Festival: April 7-9, 2017
Join Paddle Florida, the Florida State Parks system,and waterway conservation organizations in celebrating the fifth annual Suwannee River Paddling Festival!
March 24, 2017Location
Suwannee River State Park near Live Oak will serve as the festival's home base for the weekend. Sitting atop a bluff overlooking the confluence of the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers, the park provides an ideal location from which paddlers can enjoy all that these two scenic rivers have to offer.
PADDLING, of course, on two of North Florida's most beautiful rivers! The weekend will also feature great music, yummy food, an evening ghost tour through nearby ruins, and an opportunity to hear from local experts dedicated to preserving North Florida’s rivers, springs, and watersheds.
Shuttles on Saturday morning will transport paddlers upriver to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, where they'll be able to paddle back 20 miles to Suwannee River State Park. There will be a rest stop at 12 miles for lunch and for those who want to pull out there and shuttle back to camp. Another shuttle will take place Sunday morning, placing paddlers 12 miles upstream to Madison Blue Springs State Park on the Withlacoochee. Depending on water levels, both days should provide an opportunity to see natural springs along the river.
Paddle Florida is known for the lively and talented musical entertainment they provide around evening campfires on their trips. We'll bring some of our favorites together for a concert, with proceeds benefiting regional waterway conservation. Past concerts have raised over $4,000 for organizations such as the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute and Florida Defenders of the Environment.
This full package fee includes two nights of camping, all meals, entrance to the benefit concert, event t-shirt, water bottle, and river maps. Please note that this page is for festival registration only. Payment can be made through either PayPal or regular mail. Further information will be given on making payment after completion of the festival registration form.
Paddlers needing to rent a canoe or kayak may contact our partnering outfitter, Suwannee Canoe Outpost.
Paddle Florida Policies
- Paddlers must wear a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) and whistle at all times on the river.
- Paddlers uder age 18 are the responsibility of, and must be accompanied by, a parent or guardian. No more than two children under the age of 12 per adult guardian.
- Sorry, no pets allowed.
- All paddlers must provide emergency contact information and sign a Waiver of Claims and Release of Liability form. Parents must sign for children under the age of 18. The form is available on our website.
- People-powered watercraft only.
- Paddle Florida adheres to all rules put forth by the public parks we stay in, including the ban on alcoholic beverages.
- All paddlers must respect private property along the river.
- All paddlers must have basic paddling and swimming skills.
- Violations of these policies can result in the paddler being removed from the event without refund.
Due to the financial outlay and costs incurred by Paddle Florida during event planning, any force majeure, which includes but is not limited to water levels, inclement weather, and any other Acts of God not mentioned herein, shall not result in the refund of any fees paid to Paddle Florida. Absolutely no fees will be refunded after 15 days before the event begins. Any fees refunded by Paddle Florida will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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