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Reported: Feb. 2013

Middle Peace River Paddling Trail... Bowling Green to Zolfo Springs

We paddled a portion of the middle paddling trail, launching from Pioneer Park at Zolfo Springs. Here the river was more similar to the lower river, wider with more straight-aways than the upper river. We continued to see many birds. Limestone formed much of the river bottom; water levels were low and we ran into several mini-rapids. Panning for shark teeth is also popular in this section. The shoreline is frequently lined with cypress, pine, oak and willow, with few spots for stopping to stretch and picnic.

Middle Peace River Paddling Trail
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Pioneer Park Boat Ramp
Zolfo Springs, FL
We paddled upstream about 3 miles. Water levels were low in a few spots creating a swift current which was difficult to maneuver through the rapids upstream. Along with riverbank were a few houses and since we visited during the "snowbird" season also several busy motor home parks.
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Boat ramp at Pioneer Park Upstream from launch US 17 bridge Ibis
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Motor homes Panning for shark teeth Home on the river Upstream Swift water at rapids
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Upstream Heron Swift water at another rapids Ibis Turtle
Pioneer Park
The park has a campground, parking, restrooms, picnic facilities, play area and walking trails. The Cracker Trail Museum and Pioneer Village have historical artifacts and Pioneer Park Days are held in late February/early March - an annual event for over 40 years.
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