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Blackwater Creek... Pristine and Scenic Paddling

Blackwater Creek flows from Lake Norris in Lake County, Florida, to the Wekiva River. As part of the Wekiva River System (Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run, Blackwater Creek), it was designated at Wild and Scenic River by Congress in 2000. The creek is about 20 miles, there are two distinct paddling areas, at Lake Norris Conservation Area, and at Seminole State Forest - the section between the two is not navigable. The beautiful creek is pristine and scenic, twisting and turning through cypress swamp. (Detailed map and photos below.)



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Distance: 20 miles total, 3/4 mile on Blackwater Creek to Lake Norris, up to 8 miles in Seminole State Forest. Lake Norris is about 8 miles around.
Location: Lake County
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Tidal: No
Launch points: Lake Norris Conservation Area, Seminole State Forest along Wekiva River Rd. (See map, left)
Kayak/Canoe Rentals: See link above right for tour operator at Lake Norris
Nearby points of interest: Seminole State Forest, Mt. Dora, Deland

Blackwater Creek Launches
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We paddled the approximately 3/4 miles on Blackwater Creek from the Lake Norris Conservation area to Lake Norris. On a separate trip, we paddled on the Creek at Seminole State Forest.
Lake Norris Conservation Area Seminole State Forest
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Off Lake Norris Road in the
Lake Norris Conservation Area,
Paisley FL
Along Wekiva River Road in
Seminole State Forest;
access from SR46 or SR44

More information: (opens in a new window):

- St. John's River Water Management District - Lake Norris Conservation Area
- Florida Forest Service - Seminole State Forest

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