Kayaking Santa Fe River: Splendid springs & scenery (2022)

Last updated on December 16th, 2021 at 12:30 pm

The Santa Fe River in north-central Florida is a long way from my Fort Lauderdale home, but its combination of sparkling springs and natural beauty make it worth the trip.

Well-known for decades as one of the best Florida rivers to kayak or canoe, the Santa Fe has enough current that we could do a 15-mile trip in six hours and not be exhausted.

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And there’s so much to see in the 15 miles! The Santa Fe offers a dozen springs along the way, plus places to stop and explore or have a picnic.

My favorite: A small unnamed spring off the main river where cypress knees created an intimate pond, a pool of perfection we had all to ourselves.

Because the Santa Fe has attracted folks in canoes and kayaks for decades, there are at least two major oufitters working out of the small town of High Springs.

We used Santa Fe Canoe Outpost, located on the river near US 441, 10 minutes north of High Springs. In 2021, this long-time outfitter was purchased by the City of High Springs, which is operating it as part of its parks and recreation department. When we visited prior to this change, the knowledgeable staff had us in the water quickly and efficiently.

We’ve also heard good things about Adventure Outpost, located at the main crossroads in town, which does only guided trips, not rentals/shuttles.

Here’s a state guide to the Santa Fe kayaking trail.

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(Video) Alachua Conservation Trust - Santa Fe River Preserve

Kayaking the Santa Fe River: Basics

From High Springs, the Santa Fe starts wide and woodsy with a brisk flow. Immediately, there are so many turtles — often seven and eight together on a single log.

Beautiful cypress knees and trees line the shore on our right, while the left bank is higher with more oak trees and hardwood forests.

The river is a deep tea color, so when a spring joins it, there is a remarkable blending of clear colorless spring water and tannic river water.

Along the paddling route, the Santa Fe has a scattering of private cabins and homes, but they are unobtrusive and don’t hurt the wild and scenic nature of the river.

What may affect your serenity is GInnie Springs Outdoors, a privately owned recreation complex covering two miles of Santa Fe riverfront and generating a bit of a spring break vibe.

Depending on water levels, you might get to enjoy paddling through a bit of rushing water created by rocky shoals. It’s not whitewater, but it’s fun.

When planning your Santa Fe River paddle, outfitters offer trips of various lengths.

We opted for the longest – 15 miles from near US 441 to SR 47. Other alternatives were a three mile trip (90 minutes) or a 7-mile trip (three hours.) The longer you paddle, the more springs you encounter. For example, the 7-mile trip ends before you reach the Ginnie Springs section with its many beautiful springs.

Tip: For the longer trip, make sure you have a comfortable seat. We sat on an aluminum canoe bench the whole way and we wished we had a cushion.

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Highlights of kayaking the Santa Fe River

The first notable springs you reach from High Springs are Poe Springs, a county park. You can paddle into the springhead and stop and explore the park with its boardwalks through the woods, observation deck and appealing swimming hole. The small park has pavilions and grills.

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Shortly afterwards, you come to Lily Spring, marked with a rustic sign. This was the home of the legendary Naked Ed, a Santa Fe River fixture who is sadly gone from the river. (Local brewers honored him with a beer called Naked Ed Pale Ale.) For years, springs-lover Ed Watt surprised paddlers as he worked on the property surrounding the spring wearing only a loin cloth — or nothing.

Next on the route is Rum Island, but before you reach there, watch on the right for my favorite spot – that unnamed little spring that is actually part of Rum Island.

Rum Island is a free county park and a perfect place to stretch. There are picnic tables, portable bathrooms and a shallow, sandy-bottomed spring pool. Rum Island is the take-out point for some trips on the river. If you opt for one of these, consider paddling across the river to the next spring – beautiful Gilchrist Blue – before leaving the Santa Fe.

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Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is a new addition to the Florida park system, as the state recently purchased it from private owners. Thank goodness: The spectacular Big Blue Spring is now ours forever. It is just beyond Rum Island on the opposite side of the river.

One of the prettiest places along the river is the short, clear spring run up to the swimming area and springhead at Gilchrist Big Blue. There are actually four springs in the park, but three (Little Blue, Naked and Johnson) are in the forest, inaccessible by boat.

The swimming hole here has a platform about 10 feet above the water for folks who want to take a big plunge, as well as sandy banks for those who want to enter the water gradually. There is also camping in this state park.

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Continuing downstream, you soon come to Ginnie Springs, which is operated by a local family and charges $15 admission for adults (more for scuba divers) and offers camping, tubing, kayak rentals and more

As long as you stay in your canoe or kayak, you are free to paddle up the spring runs at Ginnie Springs and I recommend you explore as much as you can reach.

This is a gorgeous property with its blue green springs, wooded shores and campsites. There are nine springs here, but not all can be reached by kayak. Do look for Devil’s Ear Spring, which is in the Sante Fe River and marked by an orange buoy, and two springs on the opposite side of the river from Ginnie Springs – July and Sawdust Springs.

After Ginnie, there are few springs along the Santa Fe through the take-out point at SR 47, but the scenery continues to be enchanting nevertheless.

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High Springs is a good base for exploring Santa Fe River

High Springs (population 5,350) benefits from visitors to its springs and rivers. It has preserved a historic core of Victorian and Craftsmen style buildings, some dating from the 1800s. Located about 20 miles northwest of Gainesville, you can feel the impact of the student population in its business district. It’s a livelier and more charming small town than many in this rural area of northern Florida.

We picked up a city map outside the Chamber of Commerce and took the suggested walking tours in the historic downtown.

One of those historic buildings – the 1895 opera house— has been transformed into an attractive restaurant with an outside patio and live music, The Great Outdoors. We had an excellent meal here with locally brewed craft beer; reviewers on Yelp and TripAdvisor love it. It’s at the main crossroads in town at 65 N. Main St.

A second night in High Springs we dined at Bev’s Burger Café, 315 NE Santa Fe Blvd., a small-town diner with great ribs and burgers.

Hotels and camping near Santa Fe River

Also downtown is Grady House Bed and Breakfast, a restored two-story Craftsman style house with a big front porch.

High Spring has a few other lodging choices, including the inexpensive mid-centuryCadillac Motel, where we noticed vans parked for a women’s kayaking tour group, and a moderately priced motel/B&B outside of town, the Rustic Inn B&B.

You can camp on the Santa Fe River at both O’Leno State Park,a Florida treasure with a scenic campground that is a Florida Rambler favorite.

Things to do near the Santa Fe River

If you’re in the area, do not miss kayaking or tubing at beautiful Ichetucknee Springs State Park. We have the details here. It is a half hour drive from High Springs and is absolutely spectacular.

Nearby is another must-visit:O’Leno State Park and River Rise State Park,where the Santa Fe River vanishes, only to re-appear 3.5 miles later to meander along the route you paddle from High Springs.

(Video) Santa Fe River Oak in the rain

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FAQs

How long does it take to paddle the Santa Fe River? ›

When planning your Santa Fe River paddle, outfitters offer trips of various lengths. We opted for the longest – 15 miles from near US 441 to SR 47. Other alternatives were a three mile trip (90 minutes) or a 7-mile trip (three hours.) The longer you paddle, the more springs you encounter.

How long does it take to kayak the Green river? ›

Many people who paddle this spend about 3-5 days to the confluence with the Colorado River, but it is possible to spend at least 7-10 days exploring and taking your time.

Which way does the Santa Fe River flow? ›

The Santa Fe River begins its journey at lakes Santa Fe and Alto and their associated swamps northeast of Gainesville in North Florida. The river flows west 44 miles, with tributaries to this section coming from New River and Olustee Creek.

How do you kayak Ginnie Springs? ›

Take a canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard out on the Santa Fe River. There is no better way to get in touch with nature. You can bring your own canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard.
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Canoe, Kayak and Stand-up Paddle Board Rentals.
Canoe/Kayak Paddles$6.00 (free with canoe/kayak rental)
Paddleboard – 6 hours$30.00
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Are there alligators in the Santa Fe River? ›

According to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission alligators are most active when temperatures are between 82° to 92°F. The Ichetucknee eventually merges into the Santa Fe River, where the water's color and temperature are very different. You will see alligators here.

How fast is the current on the Santa Fe River? ›

Today there was a strong current at the launch on the Santa Fe River, but an easy, relaxing paddle up and back. Average Paddle Speed: 2.5mph. Width and Depth: The width of the Santa Fe was 170′ at the launch and 135′ at the River Rise. In between, there were minimum widths of 40′ and 90′.

How deep is the Green River? ›

The Green is a large, deep, powerful river. It ranges from 100 to 300 feet (30 to 100 m) wide in the upper course and from 300 to 1,500 feet (91 to 457 m) wide in its lower course, and from 3 to 50 feet (0.91 to 15.24 m) in depth.

Can you kayak the Green River? ›

Kayaking on the Green River takes you through mostly flat water in desert scenery, but some sections offer more challenging rapids up to Class III. You can kayak the Green from April to October, but high water generally occurs in July.

How long does it take to float the Green River? ›

Camping is allowed on this section of the river as well and the float time is 6-8 hours.

Is the Santa Fe River saltwater or freshwater? ›

Fueled by dynamic tributaries and over 90 freshwater springs, the Santa Fe River flows east to west into the Suwannee River which finds its way into the Gulf of Mexico.

Are there manatees in the Santa Fe River? ›

The area is sparsely populated compared to the rest of Florida, there have been sightings of animals like the black bear, bobcat, the rare Florida panther and due to the near-constant water temperatures along many portions of the river, manatees.

Does the Santa Fe River go underground? ›

The Santa Fe River goes underground in O'Leno State Park and reemerges over three miles away in River Rise State Park as a circular pool before resuming its journey to the Suwannee River. From the put-in near US 41/441 it is possible to paddle about 5 miles roundtrip to visit the River Rise.

Are there crocodiles in Ginnie Springs? ›

over a year ago. No alligators or eels at Ginnie Springs.

How cold is the water at Ginnie Springs? ›

Water Temperatures At Ginnie Springs

The seven springs found at Ginnie Springs maintain a temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit or 22 degrees Celsius all year round – the perfect temperature for a refreshing plunge into the water on a hot summer's day!

What should I wear to Ginnie Springs? ›

The waters at Ginnie Springs can get quite cold, so it's a good idea to bring fresh towels and plenty of dry clothes. If you're visiting as a family, ensure you bring enough towels and warm layers for everyone!

Do alligators swim in springs? ›

Any body of fresh or brackish water in Florida potentially has an alligator in it, though they tend to be wary of people and usually retreat or keep their distance. If you see an alligator at a spring, if there has been a recent report of one, or there are “No swimming” signs up, then do not swim.

What kind of fish are in the Santa Fe River? ›

These areas harbor abundant freshwater shrimp, waterscuds and aquatic insects, thus producing excellent growth rates for fish, particularly abundant redbreast sunfish and pugnacious spotted sunfish (stumpknockers).

Do alligators swim in cold water? ›

Alligators are reptiles and are not warm-blooded. They have the ability to live in water as cool as 40ºF, although weaker animals may die at that temperature.

Why is the Santa Fe River Brown? ›

Management also says the recent brown color is due to the rain causing the Santa Fe River to flood. "But when the river rises, the river has lots of tannics and organics which is why the river water is normally brown and it comes over.

Is the Santa Fe River still flooded? ›

Significant flooding continues. Access to areas within one half mile of Santa Fe or Ichetucknee Rivers becomes impossible.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage:24
Moderate Flood Stage:21
Flood Stage:17
Action Stage:14
Low Stage (in feet):7.8

How many springs are along the Santa Fe River? ›

The Santa Fe River basin extends through seven counties in North Florida. The river is fed by over 36 named springs and numerous smaller springs along its path.

What is the deepest river in the United States? ›

At a depth of 216 feet (though some sources argue its 202 ft), the Hudson River is the deepest river in the United States. The Hudson River's headwaters are located in the Lake Tear of the Clouds in New York's Adirondack Park. It travels 315 miles from that point to Upper New York Bay.

What river is dyed green for St Patrick's Day? ›

Dyeing the Chicago River green is a St. Patrick's Day tradition. How did it start? The dyeing of the Chicago River began on Saturday in Chicago.

Is Green River man made? ›

In 1842, the Green River was canalized, with a series of locks and dams being built to create a navigable channel as far inland as Bowling Green, Kentucky. Four locks and dams were constructed on the Green River, and one lock and dam was built on the Barren River, a tributary that passed through Bowling Green.

Do you need a permit to kayak the Green River? ›

Permits are required for boating the Green River between Green River State Park and Mineral Bottom (Labyrinth Canyon).

Do I need a permit to float the Green River? ›

Permits are required to run the daily section of the Green River from Rainbow Park to the Split Mountain Boat Ramp. Permits can be obtained by visiting Recreation.gov. During the high-use season, there are two private trip launches available each day. During the low-use season, there is only one launch each day.

Can you paddle board the Green River? ›

#1: The Green River's Labyrinth Canyon

Inflatable SUPs can carry plenty of camping gear, food, and coolers. Kalen Thorien photo. Labyrinth Canyon on the Green River includes Class I mellow rivers with gorgeous side hikes and views of Canyonlands National Park.

What class of rapids are on the Green River? ›

Many of the exciting whitewater sections along the Green River are in Whirlpool Canyon and throughout Desolation Canyon. These rolling runs of class II and III rapids come with plenty of splashes without the scares. So really, you can take just about anyone on a Green River rafting trip, kids and grandparents included.

What are class II rapids? ›

Class II: Novice. Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels which are evident without scouting. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and medium-sized waves are easily avoided by trained paddlers. Swimmers are seldom injured and group assistance, while helpful, is seldom needed.

Does the Green River have rapids? ›

Green River History

The best flows often occur during late May and early June. Besides producing great rapids, this season guarantees river runners will see a spectacular wildflower show—everything from flowering cacti and Indian paintbrush to desert primrose blossoms.

What animals are in the Santa Fe River? ›

About Santa Fe River

Santa Fe River is a stream near Lake City. The most popular species caught here are Largemouth bass, Suwannee bass, and Bluegill.

How long is the Santa Fe River Trail? ›

The Santa Fe River Park and Trail follows the river almost ten miles from Patrick Smith Park to the new Camino Real Park at the river's intersection with NM 599.

How old is the Santa Fe River? ›

It is an intermittent stream with two perennial reaches. The river is 46 miles (74 km) long. It was first dammed in 1881 and flows when water is released by the city of Santa Fe from two continuous reservoirs.

How long is the Santa Fe River? ›

What river is Ginnie Springs on? ›

With 250 acres of beautiful woodland, Ginnie Springs is located in the heart of Florida on the banks of the Santa Fe River. With everything from underwater cave systems to beautiful clear springs, Ginnie Springs is known for everything from scuba diving and snorkeling to kayaking, swimming and camping.

What county is Lake Santa Fe in? ›

Santa Fe Lake, also known as Lake Santa Fe, is a sparkling 5,850-acre expanse that lies in northeastern Alachua County, Florida.

Can you boat on the Santa Fe River? ›

The Santa Fe river is mainly navigable from “River Rise” where it resumes its flow after a short trip underground at O'Leno State Park in Columbia County. From there, there's great paddling and many small springs to explore.

What is Peace River? ›

The Peace River (French: rivière de la Paix) is a 1,923-kilometre-long (1,195 mi) river in Canada that originates in the Rocky Mountains of northern British Columbia and flows to the northeast through northern Alberta.

Where does St Johns River begin and end? ›

The St. Johns River is the longest river in Florida, flowing 310 miles north from its headwaters at Blue Cypress Lake in Indian River County to its mouth where it empties in to the Atlantic Ocean east of Jacksonville.

Are there snakes in Ginnie Springs? ›

Expect to see animals in and out of the springs such as manatees, alligators, different types of turtles, tortoises, snakes, birds and more.

What is the clearest spring in Florida? ›

Ginnie Springs boasts some of the clearest waters of all the natural springs in Florida. Made up of a group of seven springs, white sand, and caves, Ginnie Springs a must for any serious cave divers or snorkelers.

How long does it take to float down Ginnie Springs? ›

Ginnie Springs Tubing

The float down the river, depending on the current, is about an hour from Devil's Spring to Twin Spring. If the water is a bit higher than normal with a stronger current you may have to exit earlier. The walk back is about fifteen minutes along a sandy road.

What is the most beautiful spring in Florida? ›

Rainbow Springs near Dunnellon often is considered the most beautiful of the state's 33 first-magnitude springs, more than any other state and more than any nation can boast. A few hours' visit to any of Florida's bubbling wonders can reveal a living composition of wildlife and plants.

Are there alligators in all Florida springs? ›

In Florida there is a chance for an alligator in any body of water. The more popular and crowded springs ( Ginnie) have fewer or none than the lesser visited springs (Peacock) but there still may be a gator around even with crowds (Alexander). The vast majority of them will leave you alone if you do the same.

Are there any springs in Florida without alligators? ›

Some of the more popular areas in Central Florida that aren't occupied by alligators or sharks are freshwater spring-fed rivers. Some of these may include: Ichetucknee Springs, Madison Blue Spring, Withlacoochee, and Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail.

What to pack for a day at the springs? ›

Many springs in Florida are said to have a water temperature of around 72 degrees year-round.
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What to pack for Florida when you're going swimming in a Florida spring
  • Swimming goggles or snorkeling mask with snorkel. ...
  • Waterproof phone case. ...
  • Sunscreen. ...
  • Swimsuit or swim clothes. ...
  • Water shoes.

What to bring for a day at the springs? ›

Seven Things to Bring on a Hot Springs Adventure
  • Water Bottle. This could be an easy one to forget since you're literally heading to a body of water, but making sure to bring a water bottle is often times easier said than done. ...
  • Sandals. ...
  • Headlamp. ...
  • Bathing Suit (optional) ...
  • Bluetooth Speaker. ...
  • Backpack. ...
  • Towel.

Can you bring alcohol to Ginnie Springs? ›

Alcohol Policy: The consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted. Keg beer is permitted with written permission from Ginnie Springs Outdoors. No glass containers in common areas or river.

Where does the Santa Fe River start and end? ›

The Santa Fe River begins flowing from Santa Fe Lake in Keystone Heights, Florida. The river meanders west for roughly 75 miles before joining the Suwannee River and eventually flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. The Santa Fe River basin extends through seven counties in North Florida.

How high is the Santa Fe River? ›

The Santa Fe River Watershed is 285 square miles (740 km2), ranging in elevations between 12,408 ft (3,782 m) to 5,220 ft (1,590 m).

What kind of fish are in the Santa Fe River? ›

These areas harbor abundant freshwater shrimp, waterscuds and aquatic insects, thus producing excellent growth rates for fish, particularly abundant redbreast sunfish and pugnacious spotted sunfish (stumpknockers).

Can you boat on the Santa Fe River? ›

The Santa Fe river is mainly navigable from “River Rise” where it resumes its flow after a short trip underground at O'Leno State Park in Columbia County. From there, there's great paddling and many small springs to explore.

Are there manatees in the Santa Fe River? ›

The area is sparsely populated compared to the rest of Florida, there have been sightings of animals like the black bear, bobcat, the rare Florida panther and due to the near-constant water temperatures along many portions of the river, manatees.

Does the Santa Fe River go underground? ›

The Santa Fe River goes underground in O'Leno State Park and reemerges over three miles away in River Rise State Park as a circular pool before resuming its journey to the Suwannee River. From the put-in near US 41/441 it is possible to paddle about 5 miles roundtrip to visit the River Rise.

Why is the Santa Fe River Brown? ›

Management also says the recent brown color is due to the rain causing the Santa Fe River to flood. "But when the river rises, the river has lots of tannics and organics which is why the river water is normally brown and it comes over.

When did the Santa Fe River dry up? ›

Now a professor, Hoagstrom described how "weird" it was to see the river dry in 1996, when about 90 miles dried. Now, decades later, the river dries most years—even in 2019, with its high spring flows, fat beavers, and spawning minnows.

Is the Santa Fe River still flooded? ›

Significant flooding continues. Access to areas within one half mile of Santa Fe or Ichetucknee Rivers becomes impossible.
...
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage:24
Moderate Flood Stage:21
Flood Stage:17
Action Stage:14
Low Stage (in feet):7.8

How long is the Santa Fe River Trail? ›

The Santa Fe River Park and Trail follows the river almost ten miles from Patrick Smith Park to the new Camino Real Park at the river's intersection with NM 599.

What animals are in the Santa Fe River? ›

About Santa Fe River

Santa Fe River is a stream near Lake City. The most popular species caught here are Largemouth bass, Suwannee bass, and Bluegill.

Can you fish at Ginnie Springs? ›

No fishing in the springs or spring runs. No camping on the grassy areas surrounding our spring systems. No commercial filming permitted without prior written permission.

What state is the Swanee River in? ›

Suwannee River, river, rising in the Okefenokee Swamp, southeastern Georgia, U.S., and meandering generally south-southwestward across northern Florida to enter the Gulf of Mexico at Suwannee Sound after a course of 250 miles (400 km). All but 35 miles (56 km) of the river's course are in Florida.

Can you swim in the Santa Fe River? ›

On the Santa Fe River in High Springs, Ginnie Springs is one of the clearest springs in Florida. The 72-degree water is perfect for river tubing, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Is the Santa Fe River still no wake? ›

There are now five activated idle-speed, no-wake zones on the Suwannee and Santa Fe rivers, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials.

What is a no wake zone? ›

A “No Wake Zone” is an area within which vessels are required to travel at idling speed – slow speed that creates no appreciable wake.

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