Give The Gift Of A Santa Fe River Paddling Trip This Holiday Season–or Anytime

The Santa Fe River at Rum Island
The Santa Fe River at Rum Island.  Who says we don’t have fall colors in Florida?

Natural North Florida’s Santa Fe River can be crowded during the warmer months (we really don’t have cold month!) so late fall and winter are the perfect time to enjoy the solitude and beauty of the river.  An easy and fun trip is from the US27 Bridge in High Springs to Columbia County’s park at Rum Island Spring.  It’s a leisurely paddle and depending on the river’s flow, takes 2 to 3 hours.  And when you get to Rum Island Park, you can take a refreshing dip in the “warmish” 72-degree spring!

You'll end your trip at Rum Island...
You’ll end your trip at Rum Island…
...and if you're brave (or from a place where it's colder than Florida) you can take a dip in Rum Island Spring
…and if you’re brave (or from a place where it’s colder than Florida) you can take a dip in Rum Island Spring

As for gifts, several of our local outfitters offer the perfect solution–gift certificates.  Rum138 Outfitters, Santa Fe Canoe Outpost and Adventure Outpost all offer gift certificates in various denominations.  What a perfect holiday gift for that outdoor enthusiast on your list!


Adventure Outpost in downtown High Springs offers shuttles to and from the Santa Fe River. Their Springs Republic Store alone is worth the trip!


Rum138 Outfitters is just up the road from Rum Island Spring. They offer shuttles as well as a good look at lots of local art!


Jim Wood’s Santa Fe Canoe Outpost is located where the Santa Fe River runs under US41. They rent kayaks, canoes, and even the more-popular-than-ever stand-up paddleboards.



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