BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!
17 RUNS TRIP ON
scheduled at this time.
and prepayment required.
here is the skinny on the 17 Runs. The trip will be ??????.
We will meet at the shop at 8 a.m. (please get here early).
Eat your Wheaties that morning, put on your worst shoes, and
be ready to get dirty. This trip is not for the faint of heart
but you will be rewarded with beautiful scenery and the fact
that you will see a part of the river that few ever will.
The 17 Runs is the most remote and difficult section of the
river and this is a rare chance to explore it. It has been
written about in newspapers as well as been the hot topic
of discussion around many a paddlers' campfire. It is a big
deal to say you have been there. The 17 Runs have always had
this special adventurous allure to it. So as a result we are
looking forward to helping you explore this remote and untamed
section of the Hillsborough.
we are signed in and geared up we will leave for the Hillsborough
River State Park. Next we will have a few minutes of paddling
basics and have an easy 45-minute paddle to Dead River Park
for our last bathroom break. At Dead River we will cover a
little bit about how to portage and then spend the next 4-5
hours paddling, portaging and ducking under about 4 miles
of the river.
Once we leave Dead
River we will paddle a short distance and enter the Seventeen
Runs. As the river sign says,
up hope all ye who enter here.”
we pass the sign the river will lose its definition and fan
out into 17 creeks. We will be getting out on logs, possibly
deep mud, dragging and carrying our canoes over as many as
70 fallen trees blocking the path. So, be ready for a very
difficult challenge. Wear your worst clothes. Bring another
set for your drive home.
We will be paddling
canoes only this trip, no kayaks. And we are limiting this
trip to 10 canoes including the guide. This means that there
are basically 19 people going on the trip. So sign up right
away if you're interested because once it's booked you’re
out of luck.
We will have a
real adventure with plenty of good stories to tell. The trip
will take about 5-6 hours from the Hillsborough River State
Park to Sargeant Park. Actual number of portages and group
dynamics will set the pace. We only move as fast as the last
Do not be expecting
us to haul your canoe over logs. This trip is guided but not
that guided. You will be getting out, lifting boats, balancing
on trees, getting dirty. There is no whining allowed on this
trip. So if you are a couch potato, complainer, or non-adventurous
person the 17 Runs is not for you. Both people in the canoe
will have a strenuous day. The person in the back will not
be able to do all the work. In fact they will possibly have
the easier job. No, wait, there is not an easy job on this
trip! Also if you have not paddled in years this trip is not
for you. You will need to be proficient with a draw stroke
and rudder to have a good experience.
(Two of many portages we will encounter)
We recommend all
items be packed in a small bag, backpack or dry bag. Small
bags that can be stowed in the ends of the canoe and are out
of the way are easier. Bags should be able to zip or fold
securely. (Please no large plastic coolers. We do not recommend
a large bulky plastic cooler. In the past it has presented
a rather difficult challenge when trying to walk up and down
the canoe for a portage.) Bring a short 2’ piece of
rope and a long 20’ piece of rope. Bring a good lunch
and at least 1 bottle of water per person per hour. A camera
in a dry bag. Old sneakers or booties to get dirty. A hat,
bug repellant, and gloves are a good idea. I also recommend
a change of clothes for the ride home.
The reward you
ask? You will get to see scenery few ever get a chance to
see: giant cypress trees half a millennium old, giant ferns
lining the bank, and plenty of other beautiful plants, as
well as wildlife that you wouldn’t otherwise see on
the more traveled sections of the river.
State Park entrance fee, canoe, basic paddling gear, transportation,
$40.00 + sales
tax (7%) per person
reservation and prepayment required. Stop
by or call 813-986-2067 to make your reservation.
We do not take reservations on line. Prepayment may be made
in person, by mailing us a check, or we can fax a credit card
authorization form to you for you to fill out and fax back
to us. NEVER email your credit card
information as it will not be secure.
We will have an
8 person minimum in order for this trip to run. We do not
anticipate any issue with getting 8 people signed up since
this trip has not been available for a long time and always
booked out when we used to run them.
does not include Sargeant Park's $2.00 per car parking fee.
does include State Park entrance fee.
does not include 7% sales tax.
subject to change without notice.
credit cards accepted.
- Guide, shuttle
fee, paddles, life vests, and State Park entrancefee are
included in 17 Runs trip.
and prepayment required.
call 813-986-2067 to reserve.
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