I-10 to 7 Bridges on the upper Aucilla

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BloodyChamp
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I-10 to 7 Bridges on the upper Aucilla

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Has anybody ever done this? Or the old barrow pits landing just before I-10 to 7 Bridges? I hate to put this on blast now for different reasons but I’m in the middle of my complete upper Aucilla trip and it’s been great, and today was great, but it was almost fatal lol!

I was doing this portion of the trip today and I started at the old barrow pits landing. I made it to I-10 fine then all kinds of h€\\ broke lose that you’d think I was making up. More on that if anybody has any clue what I’m talking about I guess. If anybody has ever made this run please share, even if it was years and years ago. Or even went some and turned around.
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I have been to the river on 7 Bridges Rd and when the water is low it seems like several small holes connected by swamp. I wonder how much water is there now.
BloodyChamp
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I’ve gotten absolutely nowhere on this subject and I’ve been pestering people for days. Anybody who remembers anything I’ve ever posted knows how seriously I take these bucket list paddle trips, and my temporary frustration has shown here before lol but it was always temporary and I got it done.

This time I might have to let it go because I can’t get a single solid dependable answer on whether or not this can be done. I can’t get anybody to verify that it doesn’t turn back into undoable swamp, and I’ve proved local information based on 100 year old memories wrong before, for my worst lol!

Just get in the boat and try like you’ve done everything else right...lol! Well I did that yesterday and almost had the worst accident. I don’t mean dragging over a log, lightning, saw a snake because I’ve never seen a snake before, etc. What happened to me yesterday would make the great Gary Droze call 100% BS in a butcher bag. But it happened lol!

Vague nonsense it sounds like I know, but it’s in the interest of keeping something special alive and safe not just some secret fishing spot voo doo. O and me. I want to stay alive and safe lol!
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Going off Google earth it looks doable there's one section that looks narrow but the rest looks kayakable

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BloodyChamp
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The fishing has been epic btw. I’ve caught everything but Redbreast and Shellcrackers on the lure, and I’m doing more paddling than fishing. I just give the lure a shot at the best looking spots. I even caught a big Butter Catfish.
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Need to GoPro some of your trips, sounds like would be interesting for sure


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BloodyChamp wrote: June 8th, 2021, 5:44 pm What happened to me yesterday would make the great Gary Droze call 100% BS in a butcher bag. But it happened lol!
Sounds interesting after hearing about some of your previous adventures. :pop_1
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For real if all that other nonsense happened and I told about it, imagine what happened for me to not tell anybody about it lol! I haven’t even told my family and I’m not going to because it crossed the line from single fishing accident to near fatal turn of events. I said near fatal...near fatal...lol so now we can relax and I’m going to try this 1 more time Thursday if the rains holds off.

Here’s 1 you won’t believe since you don’t get the actual Monday story - I’m thinking about leaving the fishing stuff home and going with nothing but a paddle, chainsaw and water lol! Then I’ll chainsaw every dang log that’s in the way. If I do that I will have spent less time doing that than I would have fishing and will get on through. Then if I can’t get through all I have to do is turn around and paddle back, not march and sled back lol! Then I can’t tell myself that I have to keep going even though it’s all but hopeless since that would be easier than turning around. That foolish thinking is kind of what started Monday’s disaster.
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I made it through yesterday. That was some tuff stuff boys.
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Wrong thread.


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Next is 7 Bridges all the way down to the a landing that I’ve posted about before, that is owned by the SRWMD but closed to vehicles for most of my life. This is the same 1 I’ve talked about Speck fishing at in the winter. I’m trying to find somewhere else to take out at in between but that’s not going very well lol!

There are only 2 places near civilization that I’ve found and they’re private property. As bad as the last trip was terrain wise, it wasn’t the longest trip. It was less than 2 miles. This next 1 would be between 7 and 8. The river shouldn’t disappear anymore because this is getting pretty far on down it but it sure looks like it does on the satellite map view. That might also explain why there are no landings or riding trails. An old timer I know says it disappears twice. He also said I couldn’t do what I did Thursday in my paddle boat because of how rough it gets but while was wrong, he wasn’t wrong by alot lol!

If I went from 7 Bridges the first thing I’d have to do is drag over that blasted dam, then drag through the remnants of the old construction that’s what’s left of “7 Bridges.” To go miles down river, struggle to the point that I’d decide to turn around, then turn around just to have go back up the dam again could be dangerous.
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https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source= ... wqIRQD0tvS


Pretty interesting reading, might help you decide on your next adventure.

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BloodyChamp
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I’ve seen that cool article before. It’s what I’m dealing with in a nutshell...the virtually unknown lol! The upper Aucilla is referenced on exactly 1 page in that whole thing.

I did a little classic rule bending today and got away with it. I’m going to try and do a little more tomorrow and if that goes as planned I’ll be on to something towards finding a stopping point somewhere between 7 Bridges and the next landing which is almost 8 miles down.
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