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jameso posted 03-08-2001 08:23 AM ET (US)   Profile for jameso   Send Email to jameso  
Maybe some of you guys in the Spruce Creek Navy area can help. I would like to do a 2 or 3 day trip from the ICW or ST Johns inland to the Mt Dora/Eustis area. I have heard that it could be done. I know there are a lot of connected lakes in the area.
Would be traveling with a couple of little whaler types (my Admiral and her brother the Captain) and would want to stop at motels where possible.
My 83 15 is almost ready for it's maiden voyage.
Thanks, Jim A
george nagy posted 03-08-2001 09:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
Hey Guys I would also like to do such a voyage. I live down south and have been wanting to explore new territory. Maybe we can make a whaler meet out of it. What do you guys think?
Clark Roberts posted 03-08-2001 07:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Jim and George, I have taken this trip and indeed it can be done... a 13 is the ideal boat... one must follow the inland ICW up the St. Johns river to the cross state barge canal (never finished) just south of Palatka. You must lock through to Rodman Reservoir and proceed west accross Rodman and into the Okalawaha River... this is a moonscape of dead ends, dead trees and lots of debris.. but it can be done... there are no charts that I know of... go up the Okalawaha river, past Silver River to lock at Moss Bluff then upstream under Rt 42 bridge and into Lake Griffin, take Haynes Creek (lock through) into Lake Eustis and accross to Dora Canal and into Lake Dora... It's about 90 miles from St. Johns River to town of Mt. Dora! Wonderful trip and a run up Silver River to Silver Springs is a must see! Feel free to call me (386-767-9730) and I can talk you through this... happy Whalin... Clark... Spruce Creek Navy (wilderness cruise division)
Clark Roberts posted 03-09-2001 08:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Additional info: From Jacksonville to Palatka the St Johns is very wide and can be a killer if wind picks up! There is lodging in Jax at the downtown Riverwalk (Adams Mark hotel on N. bank and Hilton on S. bank). There is a great waterfront Holiday Inn in Palatka. You must fuel up before entering L. Rodman as next fuel (and eats) is at Rt. 42 bridge (S. of silver R) . Plenty of civilization in Mt. Dora and a great old 1800's hotel... lots of $. I used a Florida Back Roads Atlas and Gazzateer by DeLorme for navigation as it is accurate and has lat/long. Rodman is tricky and should be crossed with caution. The Oklawaha is very curvy, like a snake, and a 13 will track with ease... a 15 or 17 would be ok also but harder to handle... there could be trees down on the Oklawaha but water depth is no problem... take a bow saw(or chain saw) and don't forget the spam... great opportunity for a real adventure! Happy Whalin.. Clark

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