Earlier this week we ventured out to High Springs for a little adventure. Our first stop? The Ichetucknee River. The paddle started right outside of the headspring and flowed crystal clear the first few miles until it faded into a tannin rich brown as it met the Santa Fe. It’s an absolutely stunning run and an easy paddle — one of the prettiest I’ve seen. We pretty much had the river to ourselves; a definite plus to visiting during the winter months.
Along the Ichetucknee River you’ll find nine main (named) springs with a total flow of 233 million gallons of fresh water daily. It’s deepest spring, the Blue Hole reaches depths of 40 feet before descending into an aquatic, limestone cave that measures another 580 ft. in length. These aquifers is wild y’all. ✨ Ichetucknee is a tributary of the Santa Fe River, which flows into the Suwannee River and then empties into the Gulf of Mexico.