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fno posted 03-01-2005 10:52 PM ET (US)   Profile for fno   Send Email to fno  
OK, I haven't called yet, but the web site says camping is OK and dock space is available. Not reservable, not slips, it's just a floating dock. We can use it to raft up if necessary (too many boats) Great place for camping, unless we get too far into summer. A good midpoint for trips to the Gulf(South) and the Springs (North) I will volunteer to be a guide for either. Let's crack the daytrip mold (Beercan) and spend some quality time together. By the way, big boats are cool too, this river is BIG !!!
David Jenkins posted 03-01-2005 11:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
We have had a great time camping at Manatee Springs State Park but unless they have changed the rules recently, they do not allow you to keep your boat at the dock overnight. So you have to haul out every day that you will camp there.

We have also camped upriver on private property.

happypappy posted 03-01-2005 11:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for happypappy  Send Email to happypappy     
This kinda sounds interesting. Can you go into what the trip might be like as it seems like you have been there done that!
David Jenkins posted 03-02-2005 08:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Our last trip went something like this:

Day 1: Dirve to the Manatee Springs State Park, just west of Chiefland, Florida. Pitch the tent, swim with goggles and fins in the 15' deep, crystal clear spring. Those who have SCUBA gear can venture into the underwater cave. The spring water is about the same year round: chilly. So bring a wet suit if you have one. Then sit around the fire, tell stories, sleep.

Day 2: launch the boat and head up river. The Suwannee is a beautiful river with lots of trees and wildlife. It is not a clear river but the springs that feed it are clear. You can stop at two or three springs on the way up river. Best lunch stop is at Fanning Springs. Then continue up river to Branford, turn around and head back to Manatee River State Park. Put the boat back on the trailer and build a fire, play Pictionary, sleep.

Day 3: launch the boat. Have your loving spouse drive the car and the trailer over to Crystal River while you take the boat there (open water).
Lunch at Cedar Key on the way (if the tide is high). Arrive at the hotel in Crystal River (or Homosassa) and go out for dinner.

Day 4: Drive home.

1fer2fer posted 03-02-2005 09:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for 1fer2fer  Send Email to 1fer2fer     
Depends on when you're thinking of doing this, but I think my husband and I might be interested.
bc posted 03-02-2005 06:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    
I was in Swannee last April...nice place. Good fishing off and near shore. Can be a tricky place to navigate but its a pretty place. We stayed at a place called Angler's Resort. They have camping (rv type) spots available and a awsome boat dock slips (covered with power) that can be rented for aroun $10 per day. They are located within 3 miles of the gulf near some great flats fishing. I think I still have some numbers in my gps.

Take care,


stefan posted 03-02-2005 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for stefan  Send Email to stefan     
put some dates together frank, we're in!
Swellmonster posted 03-02-2005 10:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Ya Frank! Getter Done!
Swellmonster posted 03-02-2005 10:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Ya Frank! Getter Done!
Here is a misc link about the river..
cmarques posted 03-02-2005 10:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for cmarques  Send Email to cmarques     
Name the place and date and we'll be there!
We'll be trailering to Key Largo the week of 4/18 so no good then but almost any other time should be great. Maybe a McRae's type run but with enough hot water for everyone?


fno posted 03-03-2005 12:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
I'll start working out the details. If Manatee isn't a good choice there is a hotel on the river in Fanning Springs that we can hopefully not get thrown out of on the first night.
fno posted 03-03-2005 12:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
OK, I started working out the details. Manatee is OK, but it's a long walk to the dock, mosquitos,crowds on weekends, How about just upriver in Old Town. It's called the Suwannee Gables resort and marina. ( They have a dock at the hotel. Ramp also, but if not that good a county ramp is a short drive away. This will be on the lines of Homosassa. Friday and Sat. nights for us and anyone else. I will also lead some tours of the river as well. There will be springs, parks, gators, waterskiing, fishing, a trip down river to the Gulf. There are a couple of bars(sand and the other type) on the river too. Gas is available, but not on the river itself. You can plan on 50-100 miles of boating each day.
1fer2fer posted 03-03-2005 03:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for 1fer2fer  Send Email to 1fer2fer     
Wow, that sounds great. When?
fno posted 03-06-2005 12:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Let's pick a date folks. My bid is for mid to late April.
Swellmonster posted 03-07-2005 10:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
You can pick your friends, but you cant pick up your friends wives, or something like that............

Howz about Friday evening, April 22 and Saturday the 23rd and close up on Sunday the 24th?

1fer2fer posted 03-08-2005 10:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for 1fer2fer  Send Email to 1fer2fer     
My husband and I have prior commitments and can't make it then. Y'all have fun.
David Jenkins posted 03-08-2005 02:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
How about Easter weekend, March 25-27?
donel posted 03-09-2005 11:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for donel  Send Email to donel     
Good on you Frank for suggesting the Suwannee River

I'm looking at it and 2 whalers in the boathouse right now.

The little town of Suwannee - at the mouth & into the Gulf - is as nice as previously mentioned.
The motel here has floating docks and - as mentioned - Anglers Resort has slips and accomodations.
Welcome to my backyard. I could help with arrangements.

Manatee Springs is 20 +/- miles up the big river.

The Gulf is 5 minutes.


bc posted 03-09-2005 07:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    

Its been a year so bare with me...Do you live in the house next to the main river body. From Anglers resort...down the canal, turn left (right is back way to salt creek) down a little ways turn right, is your place the one on the right/corner as you head out to the main channel? Also do you know Larry, a guide with a 24 proline named Mary Anne..I think. Larry took us out fishing for Sheep Head. Also I met Capt. Howard here in Knoxville two years ago at the boat/fishing show.

Take care,


bc posted 03-09-2005 07:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    
I would like to come down in April....the last week or the weekend of Apr. 22-23 may work.
The Judge posted 03-10-2005 09:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
Don't really care when it is but if the springs are 72 degrees, I would like it to be pretty warm outside to justify taking the plunge.
donel posted 03-10-2005 07:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for donel  Send Email to donel     
Hi bc
I've seen the Mary Anne but don't know Capt. Larry, ol' Capt Howard & the Lucky Lady have been a fixture here forever.

Yeah, I'm on that corner of Demory Creek & the Suwannee River. Not many old whalers here but newer ones are showing up more often.

By late April through May the pelagics show up in quantity near shore - ( 6- 10 miles ). Nice scenic ride for non -fishermen & women.

Guarantee you a tarpon hookup come July - a 2 mile whaler ride away.

Whatever Frank plans, I'm in.


bc posted 03-10-2005 10:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    

I sent you a email...what types of fish might one expect in the later part of April. If you don't mind, reply to the email with the we don't get this thread off topic too far. Thanks again.

Swellmonster posted 04-07-2005 10:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Anything new??
Swellmonster posted 04-22-2005 11:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Slap the John Deer Man! Whats going on?
fno posted 04-23-2005 12:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Hi there, I'm still working up in NH. I kinda let the Suwanee trip go by the wayside as May is busy with the two Whaler events already. Maybe for late June. How does that sound to everyone. Besides, the river is flooded right now.
Swellmonster posted 04-27-2005 11:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Still love ya Frank!!! :)

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