Paddle Florida

PADDLE FLORIDA
Over 85 Florida Paddling Destinations

PaddleFlorida
Paddle Chipola River, Spring Run, Florida Panhandle, kayak, canoePaddle Chipola River, Spring Run, Florida Panhandle, kayak, canoe

You are here > Home > Florida Panhandle > Chipola River and Spring Creek
Reported: June 2013; latest update: Dec. 2014

Chipola River Paddling Trail and Spring Creek

The Chipola River flows 89 miles through Jackson, Calhoun and Gulf Counties to the Apalachicola River. The 51 mile Chipola River Designated Paddling Trail runs from just below Florida Caverns State Park to Scott's Ferry near the Dead Lakes, and is separated from the 4.5 mile Upper Chipola River Designated Paddling Trail due to the river running underground. We paddled from the dam at the top of Spring Creek and continued downstream on the Chipola River to the SR280/Magnolia Road Bridge. (Detailed map and photos below.)



View Larger Map
Distance: 51 miles
Location: Calhoun, Jackson and Gulf Counties
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Tidal
: No
Launch points: SR 166/Yancey Bridge, Hinson Conservation and Recreation Area, SR 280 Bridge/Magnolia Road, SR 278 Bridge/Peacock Bridge Road, Johnny Boy Landing, CR 274 Bridge, Lamb Eddy Landing, SR 20 Bridge, Jehue Landing, SR 71 Bridge at Scott’s Ferry.(See map, left)
Kayak/Canoe Rentals: Marianna, Altha (links, above right)
Nearby points of interest: Florida Caverns State Park, Panhandle Pioneer Settlement, Blue Springs Recreational Area

Spring Creek runs into the Chipola north of Magnolia Road. The pretty creek is formed by the outflow from Jackson Blue Springs, but a dam cuts it off from the source. On the other side of the dam is Merritt's Mill Pond which is a unique paddle in its own right. The spring run features crystal clear water, but can be crowded with tubers during the busy summer season. There's a launch at the public park by the dam, good for tubers but not paddler friendly; launch via the outfitter across the creek, or downstream at Turner's Landing.

Paddling on the Chipola River and Spring Creek
(tap or hover over photo for larger view)
There's a public boat ramp at the CR280/Magnolia Road Bridge, and we also checked the launch at the public park by the dam at the top of Spring Creek but it was not kayak-friendly. Instead we used the outfitter who dropped us off at the dam and we paddled back to the bridge, about 3.7 miles - a short but scenic ride. Spring Creek has beautiful clear water, lined with flowers.
Paddling on Spring Creek
Paddle Chipola River, Spring Creek, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Spring Creek, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe Paddle Chipola River, Spring Creek, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Spring Creek, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe Paddle Chipola River, Spring Creek, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Spring Creek, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe Paddle Chipola River, Spring Creek, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Spring Creek, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe Paddle Chipola River, Spring Creek, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Spring Creek, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe
Outfitter launch at top of Spring Creek run Leaving launch, entering the creek The Dam - Mill Pond is on the other side,
another outstanding paddling site
Shallow, clear
spring water
There are several beaches to rest
and snack
Paddle Chipola River, Spring Creek, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Spring Creek, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe Paddle Chipola River, Spring Creek, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Spring Creek, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe Paddle Chipola River, Spring Creek, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Spring Creek, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe Paddle Chipola River, Spring Creek, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Spring Creek, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe Paddle Chipola River, Spring Creek, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Spring Creek, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe
Railroad bridge Having fun on
the creek
Leaving the creek, onto Chipola River
Paddling on Chipola River - Spring Creek to CR280/Magnolia Road Bridge
Paddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe Paddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe Paddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe Paddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe Paddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe
Chipola River near Spring Creek One of several beaches for stopping This could be a shoal at low water
Paddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe Paddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe Paddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe Paddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe Paddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe
I-10 Bridge Some of the limestone outcroppings Homes along
the river
Paddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe Paddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe Paddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe Paddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe Paddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, CanoePaddle Chipola River, Florida Panhandle - Kayak, Canoe
CR280/Magnolia
Road Bridge
Launch at Outfitter at the bridge Public boat ramp at the bridge

More information on Chipola River Paddling Trail (opens in a new window):

- Florida Office of Greenways and Trails -Chipola River Paddling Trail (pdf)

RETURN TO CHIPOLA RIVER HOME

VISIT THE UPPER CHIPOLA RIVER DESIGNATED PADDLING TRAIL

Top of Page

Paddling in Florida - Kayak, Canoe
Chipola River and Spring Creek

Outfitters/Rentals

Bear Paw Adventures

Chipola River Outfitters

Florida Caverns


Support and Advocacy

Friends of Florida Caverns


Marianna, Florida, weather forecast