Marion County Aquaholics Paddlers Group, Inc.



Paddle Often, Paddle Safely  

Future Paddles


Our members have asked that when you send me your write-up for the paddle that you please, when possible include as many of the following items as you know.


    :Is there a parking or launch fee if so how much or about how much.

    :Are there toilets at the launch or take-out or do they need to seek facilities before arriving

     at the launch area.

    :Please rate your paddle as Hard  - Medium - or Easy

    :Is the paddle downstream  -  upstream - both.  

    :Is there a shuttle.

    :Some members would like the option of going out to eat after a paddle.


This is always optional and the tc is not obligated to choose the place and does not have to participate.  Just mention the option so members may plan to bring money to pay for the meal.  Members who wish to eat can decide where, on or after the paddle.


The more adventurous Aquaholics members will have a fun run on the Waccasassa River "Wild Hog" route, this Saturday, March 25. (The 46th annual Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race will be on April15).  We will meet before 9 am at launch on Hwy24, and shuttle to takeout on Hwy19.
This is 55 miles from Ocala.  From Ocala, take Hwy27 to Hwy326 to Hwy19, then go north on U.S. Hwy19/98 about 5.5 miles to Hwy24 near Otter Creek.  Then go east (right) 3 miles on Hwy 24 to the bridge.  Launch is on SE side of bridge.
No fee; shuttle needed; no toilet; bring lunch or snacks; should takeout about 3 pm.  Wear swimwear, as you will likely be getting wet while crossing logjams.  Although downstream, this can be a difficult 11 mile trip (but fun).  Expensive kayaks can get scratched on the sharp rocks.  I can loan a couple of tougher kayaks if you plan in advance.
T/C is Chris Spontak, 352-694-5986, always call, no texts.
Also, some renewing members have mailed dues to the old P.O.Box, which doesn't always forward the mail to the new address.  We hope to have the application forms updated soon.  Meanwhile, any recent renewing members with returned mail should reply to this email in order to be on the 2023 email list at the end of March.

FUTURE PADDLES: (Subject to Change)


If you wish to go on any of these paddles, please remember to call the trip 

coordinator to let them know you plan on going.  Make sure you leave your 

name and phone number.  If there is a need to call you, the TC will be able to 

reach you.