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Reported: June 2013; latest update: Dec. 2014

Upper Chipola River Designated Paddling Trail

The Upper Chipola River Designated Paddling Trail runs 4.5 miles from Christoff Landing to Florida Caverns State Park - separated from the 51-mile lower Chipola River Designated Paddling trail due to the river running underground.  (Detailed map and photos below.)



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Distance: 4.5 miles
Location: Calhoun, Jackson and Gulf Counties
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Tidal
: No
Launch points: Christoff Landing, Florida Caverns State Park (See map, left)
Kayak/Canoe Rentals: Florida Caverns State Park (link, above right)
Nearby points of interest: Florida Caverns State Park, Panhandle Pioneer Settlement, Blue Springs Recreational Area

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We launched at the Chipola River Sink Boat Ramp (where the river goes underground) at Florida Caverns State Park.

From the launch is an upstream paddle only, the Chipola River Sink Boat Ramp is at the natural bridge where the Chipola River goes underground. We paddled upstream to where a log blocked the river but rather than dragging our kayaks over we were able to find a way along the shoreline to get around. This was possible due to the high water, the area would have been impassable at low water when there are areas of shoals and blockages possible in the river.

Paddling on the Chipola River
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Paddling on Upper Chipola River at Florida Caverns State Park
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Launch at Chipola River Sink
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At low water, this could be a shoal We came to this log, but were able to
detour around it paddling along the
flooded shoreline
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Limestone bluffs and caves can be seen   This was a spring run off the Chipola,
spring bubbling up is on the right.

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

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

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