This paddle, which takes you back in time, is located in northeast Lake County, just south of the town of Astor. After you begin your paddle you will see no buildings or trappings of modern society other than the boats traveling the river.
The run begins on the St. Johns River and then turns southeast into the lake. As you paddle you will watch alligators quietly slip off the banks and into the water. Occasionally, the tell tale nose and eyes break the surface of the water as an alligator watches you pass.
Along the way the trees and water’s edge are filled with birds of all sorts. The call of the osprey as it carries a fresh caught fish to its young in the nest will draw your attention to the sky. In the spring nests are filled with young birds squawking and begging for another meal.
The swirls in the water leave you guessing as to the type of fish was swimming along side of you. Sometimes you startle when a mullet jumps and lands right next to your boat!
The highlight of the day will be hearing the sound of a manatee catching its next breath and seeing it roll in the water as it moves lazily along. These magnificent animals often spend time along Stagger Mud Lake Run.
For more information visit: http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/pdfs/blueways/LCBlueway_StaggerMudRun_web.pdf
Cost $55 plus tax with kayak rental