Bubbling forth from Alexander Springs into Alexander Creek, this popular canoe run starts at the Alexander Springs Recreation Area and continues for about six miles of paddling to the take-out on the north shore at 52 Landing. The run is broad and swift, with many small islands and little dry land to bank on for the first several miles. A paddling trip is the easiest way to experience the heart of the Alexander Springs Wilderness.
At a Glance
Dawn to dusk. If you're renting a canoe at Alexander Springs Recreation Area, you must return it before closing time. There is no shuttle service, so you must self-shuttle or paddle back to the springs.
Rentals & Guides:
Canoe Rentals available at Alexander Springs
(+$20 deposit for canoe use)
Interpretive Site,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
No fee to put in / take out at 52 Landing. To put in or take out at Alexander Springs, day use fee of $5.50 per person. Canoe rentals available.
Birding is excellent all along Alexander Creek, whether from the seat of your kayak, the observation decks along the Timucuan Trail, or your own boat launched at 52 Landing. Expect to see wading birds of all sorts, including Louisana herons and limpkins.
Boating - Non-Motorized
Alexander Run is a prime destination for paddlers, with a broad stream and mild current. If you rent a canoe at Alexander Springs, you'll need to paddle it back upstream, since the concession no longer provides livery service. Bring your own kayak, and you can self-shuttle to 52 Landing.