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Old 04-22-2015, 02:21 PM   #15
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Once you get above Gainsville, it is a much nicer less touristy state. Manatee Springs is a cool place to go as well.

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Old 04-22-2015, 08:21 PM   #16
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Yep, big fan of Manatee Springs as well. Just hard to get in there short notice. Great Spring and playground.
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I think I better brush up on my paddling skills! What should we know about gators and canoes ...stay upright....and!!!!
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:04 AM   #18
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Gators don't usually mess with humans. It you are worried carry a small dog as a gator snack.

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Pretty much works, only the dog is not happy. Jim
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Old 04-24-2015, 12:28 PM   #20
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Small and even medium size dogs are gator bait, keep them away from the sides of ponds, lakes, ditches, or any fresh water. A friend of ours had a Chow that almost got pulled in. Luckily the gator only got a mouth full of fur.

Normally gators are not a problem, but once the start getting over 8 feet in length watch out. There have been some attacks on the Suwannee River during the floods. The big ones come out of the swamps.

Also, don't ever never ever feed gators, they loose their fear of people.
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We never worried about gators or snakes as the spring run is 72, just don't try to pet the otters they have been known to attack tubers. More gators around Manatee Springs and the Suwannee. If you decide to camp at O'leno it would be a good idea not to swim in the Sante Fe river, I have seen many there. Last I heard they were limiting the number of tubers allow per day. Somebody mentioned bike path from O'leno to Ichetucknee, it is about 13+ round trip would be 27, maybe too long to also get in a couple hours of tubing.
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Dave is right. No cold blooded animal would inhabit 72 degree water for long.

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Years ago we were at Oleno walking on the trail that goes around where the Santa fe river goes underground and were on the bank oposite the picnic, camping area. We observed a gator slowly moving downriver in the direction of where a man had his dog on a leash and and was allowing it to swim in the river. About thirty feet from shore the gator went under and we yelled to the man and he immediately jerked the dog to the bank. The gator surfaced less than ten feet from where the dog was in the water. . Be very careful with your dogs, gators seem to be attracted to the. Jim
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We are heading back this weekend! Can't wait to get into that spring!! I'll post some more pics of the head spring since I forget to take pics last time.
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