Marion County Aquaholics Paddlers Group, Inc.



Paddle Often, Paddle Safely  

    Our members have asked that when you send me your write-up for the paddle that you tc 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. 


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. 

           Christmas Party

2018 Christmas Party will be December 7th at 7 pm at Mimi's Café on state rd 200 in Ocala for those who have contacted me before our November 21st meeting.  We will have our Chinese Gift exchange again this year.  Bring a gift if you wish to be included.  The gift should be about $10 and be gender neutral.

At our meeting the members decided that we should give the members who have not yet responded a chance to join us for our Christmas Party on December 7th at 7 pm at Mimi's Café on state road 200 in Ocala.  If you wish to come please send the president an e-mail .  Please include your name and let me know if you will be bringing a guest.  The club will be paying for members meals which include a salad and soft drinks.  Alcoholic beverages will not be included.  The choices for the meal will be a #1 Salmon meal , #2 the Pot Roast meal and #3 the Chicken Cheese mac.  I need a head count for each meal choice by our next monthly meeting on November 21st.  There will also be an optional Chinese gift exchange.  If you would like to play the game the gift that you bring should be around $10. and gender neutral.
1.  Grilled Atlantic Salmon.  Served with potatoes and broccoli
2.  French Pot Roast simmered with carrots, mushrooms and pearl onions.  Served with red wine shallot sauce over mashed potatoes.
3.  Chicken Cheddar Mac. Pulled chicken in a rich cheddar sauce with crumbled bacon, penne pasta and parmesan crust. 


Withlacoochee River at Goldendale November 17th
The Aquaholics trip this Saturday, Nov.17, will be on the Withlacoochee River at Goldendale.  Launch site directions are on our website.  Goldendale is 2.3 miles west of Dunnellon off Hwy488.  We meet at the launch before 9am, and paddle upstream to the Dunnellon city boat ramp, where we will eat lunch.  Then we will return downstream to Goldendale for takeout at about 1:30pm.
No fees; no shuttle needed; but no toilets at Goldendale (toilets at Dunnellon ramp).  Bring lunch or snacks, or some may wish to eat in Dunnellon after paddling.  This paddle is of moderate difficulty.
T/C is Chris Spontak, 352-694-5986; always call, no texts. 


                                                        Kayak Juniper Springs

When: 9:30AM Sunday 11/25/18

Where: Take SR-40 east 27 miles out of Ocala about 30 minutes past Silver Springs State Park. (11 miles past the light at SR 40 & CR 314A.) Turn left (north) - opposite the sign.

Paddle: Not for beginners or weak paddlers! Allow 3 hours for this 7 mile narrow twisty run with good current. There may be portages due to downed trees.

Fees: At the gatehouse, pay entry fee of $5 and display the vehicle pass.

Unload: Past the Gatehouse, look for boating sign to the left. Unload by path and carts. Use carts or your own wheels to move your kayak/gear down a long boardwalk to the launch. Return carts.

Renters: $45 for single or tandem kayak rentals at store.

Shuttle: Drivers with kayaks will move cars to the takeout before returning and launching.

Warning: No disposable containers, gear may be inspected to ensure compliance.

Facilities: Toilets are at the launch and takeout.

Picnic: Any who wish may opt to enjoy BYO food at the picnic /outdoor pool area afterwards.

Contact: TC Gary Stocker 352-726-1590 or email: