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Black Water Creek Overview...

Upper, Lower... 2 Paddling Gems

Black Water Creek flows from Lake Norris in Lake County for about 20 miles to the Wekiva River. As part of the "Wekiva River System" (Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run, Black Water Creek), it was designated a Wild and Scenic River System by Congress in 2000. Just downstream from the launch near Lake Norris, the Creek becomes impassable for many miles. Depending on water levels, it becomes passable again about 3-4 miles above the State Forest launch. Therefore, we break the Creek into two paddling reports; (1) at Lake Norris Conservation Area and (2) from the launch in the Seminole State Forest (see map). Both trips are unique in their own way. Both are pristine and scenic.

Blackwater Creek, Lake Norris, Seminole State Forest

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Distances Vary: (1) 3/4 mile on Black Water Creek to Lake Norris, then miles of dwarf cypress shoreline. (2) Upstream, downstream from Seminole State Forest launch varies per water level and downfall.
Location: Lake County
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Tidal: No
Launch points: Lake Norris Conservation Area, Seminole State Forest along Wekiva River Rd. (See map)
Nearby points of interest: Seminole State Forest, Mt. Dora, Deland



Black Water Creek Paddling Reports

Lake Norris Conservation Area

Off Lake Norris Road in the Lake Norris Conservation Area, Paisley FL

Blackwater Creek, Lake Norris

Seminole State Forest

Along Wekiva River Road in Seminole State Forest

Blackwater Creek, Seminole State Forest

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A word of caution... State Forest officials recommend that people not paddle alone in remote areas such as the Black Water Creek area of the Seminole State Forest. Based on experience, we agree.

Related Resources:

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

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