Floating the St. Joe

We chose this river, because it’s relatively close to home and it’s one of my favorite rivers.

We used the little town of Calder as our put-in, and our take out was Big Eddy Resort. As we were putting our tubes in the water, we were told that it was pretty low water and that we’d be better off floating from Marble Creek to Huckleberry Campground. But we were practically ready to go and didn’t want to pack up again, plus our second vehicle was already parked at Big Eddy. As it turned out, it was a great stretch to float. It was pretty low in places, but since we didn’t have the kayaks and were in tubes, it didn’t matter.

I didn’t take this photo, since I hadn’t brought my camera. Hopefully the owner of this photo doesn’t mind that I’m using it.

It took us about 5 hours. We had 2 different people on the river telling us it would take much longer or much shorter, so my advice is don’t worry about what anyone tells you there, unless I suppose it involves danger. It seemed like we were the first people to put our tubes on the river at 11:00, but within the next 20 minutes, a lot more people showed up. Even when we were taking our tubes out at Big Eddy at 5:00, there was a huge group just starting. Not sure why they were starting so late, since it was starting to get chilly.

It had been at least 20 years since I’d last tubed down a river, and I will definitely not wait that long to do it again. I think we need to float a different river each summer.


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