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Juniper Run

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Paddling Juniper Run under dense forest canopy

Named one of the top 25 canoe runs in America by ReserveAmerica and typically a high point of a visit to Florida, Juniper Run is a narrow, winding waterway set under a dense canopy of old-growth forest and few places solid enough to get out of your canoe.  The 7-mile journey starts just below the springs and follows the spring run through the heart of the Juniper Prairie Wilderness to a take-out off SR 19, well before the run empties into the St. Johns River at Lake George.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: The canoe launch at Juniper Springs Recreation Area opens at 8 AM. 11:45 a.m. is the latest you can arrive to launch a rented canoe to be picked up by the shuttle at the other end. With your own canoe and self-shuttle, last launch is 4 to 5 hours before sunset.   Canoe rentals are available at the concession stand until 11:30 a.m.
Rentals & Guides: Canoe rentals are available at the concession stand until 11:30 a.m.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $33.00 + tax (includes shuttle transport). (+$20 deposit for canoe use) If you bring your own canoe/kayak:
$6 haul-back fee (reservations a must!)

Fees are subject to change without notification.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Inflatable items including tubes, boats, and kayaks are not permitted on Juniper Run.
Closest Towns: Astor and Forest Corners
Water: Non-potable
Restroom: At put-in and take-out
Information Center: Download a map of the Juniper Springs Canoe Run (PDF)
Download a map of Juniper Springs Recreation Area (PDF)
 

General Information

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General Notes:

Disposable containers; take-out trays, foil, plastic cups, wrappers, etc., are not permitted on Juniper run.  


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Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Non-Motorized:

Canoeing and kayaking are the only permitted activities along Juniper Run. The waterway varies greatly in depth and width and passes under many low-hanging trees in the first several miles. Pull-off and take-out points are very limited due to the narrowness of the channel and the nature of the surrounding terrain.

Status: Open
Hours of Operation: The run opens at 8 AM for launching. 11:45 is the latest you can arrive to launch a rented canoe to be picked up by the shuttle at the other end. With your own canoe and self-shuttle, last launch is 4 to 5 hours before sunset.  
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Rental info: Rentals are available through the concessionaire at Juniper Springs Recreation Area. Call 352-625-2808 to reserve. Canoe Rental 
$33.00 + tax (includes shuttle transport). plus $20 deposit per canoe
$6 per person for rehaul of private canoe

Amenities

Toilets At recreation area and take-out
Accessible Ramp to the launch is accessible
Picnic tables At recreation area and take-out
Parking At recreation area and take-out (limited parking)
Fee charged for some activities $6 haul-back fee if you bring your own canoe or kayak
Drinking water At recreation area