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Distance

6.39 nm

Elevation gain

3 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

3 ft

Max elevation

48 ft

Trailrank

30

Min elevation

-17 ft

Trail type

Loop
  • Photo of Halfway Creek Marsh to Lakes: 18 AUG 2021 06:41
  • Photo of Halfway Creek Marsh to Lakes: 18 AUG 2021 06:41
  • Photo of Halfway Creek Marsh to Lakes: 18 AUG 2021 06:41
  • Photo of Halfway Creek Marsh to Lakes: 18 AUG 2021 06:41
  • Photo of Halfway Creek Marsh to Lakes: 18 AUG 2021 06:41
  • Photo of Halfway Creek Marsh to Lakes: 18 AUG 2021 06:41

Time

3 hours 26 minutes

Coordinates

504

Uploaded

August 19, 2021

Recorded

August 2021
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48 ft
-17 ft
6.39 nm

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near Ochopee, Florida (United States)

The launch is at the south end of Sea Grape Drive (0.6 miles long) off US 41, about 2.5 miles east of SR29. No fee, plenty of parking, no restrooms, some picnic tables. The launch is flat, shallow, and easy into a one-mile-long straight canal. The marsh entrance is about 0.4 miles from the launch on the southeast side. It's narrow and easily missed.

Once you enter the cut to the marsh it's a pretty straight shot travelling cross-country just a little south of east toward the Turner River which is about 3.5 miles away from the cut, but we curved north just short of the Turner River toward a couple of lakes we wanted to investigate.

The lakes had a lot of unusual (for this area) plants like crinum lilies and tall bulrush (Scirpus?) and white-flowered rubber vines and a large patch of morning glories, a strangler fig, Phragmites, and willow, in the middle of nowhere. The round trip is about 7.5 statute miles. We rated it as moderate for navigation because even though the route seems straight, it is possible to wander off course (see track) and the channel is not as visible when the marsh is flooded. Some of the cuts through the mangrove heads are narrow and hard to find.

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