Kayak Ken, Frank, and I paddled out of the Suwanee Canal Recreation Area Thursday Feb 23 to a platform on Monkey Lake. Friday we paddled to Coffee Bay, and then back out Saturday. We saw 362 gators, and paddled 23.5 miles. Frank and I drove down Wednesday in the rain, and camped under a pavilion at Traders Hill RA near the SCRA. The weather was great and the mosquitoes almost nonexistent. The stars at night were brilliant as the moon was near new, and the light pollution nonexistent. At the Coffee Bay platform a small about 5’ gator was determined to get past my MRC explorer 16 we must have beached in his crossing from the Suwanee canal to the marsh on the other side of the high ground. The trip was a real pleasure.
The turnoff from the Suwanee canal to Monkey Bay
Sandhil cranes in flight
juvenile White Ibis
adult white ibis
Small gator heading out from his stay in the marsh back to the Suwanee canal. He even nudged the canoe over so he could get by at Coffee Bay.
Paddling the Suwanee canal back to the take out.