Juniper Run

 

Juniper Run

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.

Juniper Run as seen from the nature trail Canoe rental at Juniper Springs Canoe launch for Juniper Run Ripples play across the sands of Juniper Run Glassy-clear Juniper Run

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 $35.00 + tax (includes shuttle transport).
(+$20 deposit for canoe use)

If you bring your own canoe/kayak: $10 reverse re-haul 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. Dogs and other pets are not allowed on the run.
Closest Towns: Astor and Forest Corners
Water: Non-potable
Restroom: At put-in and take-out
Operated By: Recreation Resource Management
Information Center: Download a map of the Juniper Springs Canoe Run (PDF)
Download a map of Juniper Springs Recreation Area (PDF)
 

General Information

Directions:
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

Picnic tables At recreation area and take-out
Drinking water At recreation area
Toilets 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
Accessible Ramp to the launch is accessible