Econlockhatchee River north west of Kennedy Space Center is a tributary of the St. Johns River.
The Econ River is my "go to paddle spot" when the coastal lagoons are actually too blustery to kayak.
Kennedy Space Center on the right, the St. Johns River in the center of the photo & the Econlockhatchee River is the little winding ribbon of green on the left side of the picture.
Heavy rains in the Orlando area will often raise the Econ water levels making it impossible to paddle under the bridge
One the more interesting aspects of the Econ is the shifting of water levels. Basically it is a different river every time you launch. From a lazy river with beautiful sand bars to a raging flood through the oaks and pines of the Little Big Econ State Forest
The Econ River is 54 miles in length and the water is tannic, (tea colored) however on low water days, the river becomes almost clear allowing you to observe the bottom of the river is lined with two feet long Sailfin Catfish (Pterygoplichthys multiradiatus)— an invasive species native to South America and covered with bony scales.
Plenty of sand bars for a lunch break
Some days the water level is in the "trees"
A popular bike trail parallels the Econ River
Because the river is close to Orlando, there are lots of hikers, bikers and even tree jumpers.
The alligators seem to take no notice of the tree jumpers.
(or perhaps it notices every splash?)
My other favorite launch spot is from Snow Hill Road under the bridge. & paddle upstream-as far as I feel like it.
Many paddlers prefer the County Road 419 launch.-Easy quick launch.
And others like the launch at the Little Big Econ State forest however a kayak cart is required to get to the river
Easy paddle towards Highway 46
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