LAKE NORRIS PADDLE

STARTING AT
$100
Children 5 and under are free
Tour starts at 10 a.m.
Your guide will contact you the night prior to the tour to answer any questions, give you their cell number, and tell you how to quickly locate them at the park.
LAKE NORRIS PADDLE

OVERVIEW

Blackwater Creek, is born on the waters of Lake Norris, it stretches for over 20 miles. We will paddle the beginning; the first one mile of this tight, tree canopied, dark, hauntingly beautiful creek that leads to the magnificent Lake Norris, a lake with ancient stunted cypress trees along it banks, a stunningly beautiful lake, home to many waterfowl breeding nests.

Blackwater Creek snakes through an ancient, prehistoric, cypress swamp. We may encounter deadfalls and some portages in this shallow dark murky water. The creek twists and turns and will challenge your skills, we’ll only paddle one mile upstream but will be rewarded with a view of one of the most beautiful lakes in the state. Lake Norris is the jewel of the trip. It’s now part of the St Johns River Water Management. The 3660 acre preserve protects an extensive hardwood swamp forest on the west bank. There are purportedly upward of 100 osprey nests on the lake. The cypress woodlands extend into the lake, creating a 150 foot wide buffer in many places. The adventuresome paddler can spend hours investigating the lake shore, weaving through the maze of cypress. And, except for one Boy Scout camp and a few home sites, the surrounding area is a de facto wilderness sanctuary.

The preserve is a true wildlife wilderness, remote with very little human impact. On past trips we have encountered bear, deer, otter, alligators, and Bald eagles while on this trip. The Lake Norris Conservation Area is part of the St. Johns River Water Management District. It was purchased to protect the extensive hardwood swamp that lies on the western shore of the lake and the shoreline of Black Water Creek, a major tributary of the Wekiva River.

What's Included

Kayak
Paddle
Life Vest
bottled water
Guide
Please Note
We have no age restrictions but everyone MUST know how to swim.
Total tour time is 90 minutes
Not wheelchair nor stroller accessible
There are no restrooms at the launch location
Your guide will contact you before your tour with information and updates if conditions change. Please include your best phone number when you book; we are not able make international call
** Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure. We won’t make guests who arrive on time wait excessively.

What to wear

Sun protection! Our Florida sun can bake you in short order
Clothing that dries quickly, avoid denim or heavy materials
Hat, sun glasses
Sandals, flip flops, or water shoes, your feet WILL get wet

What to bring

Towel and a change of clothing
Your favorite non-alcoholic beverage
Waterproof camera or cell phone on a lanyard/protective case
Tips for your guide

Lake Norris Conservation Area

38645 Lake Norris Rd.
Eustis, FL 32736

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