Paddle for a Purpose

St. Johns river

// by Mary Hamel

If you've lived in Jacksonville for a while, you probably know how big a part of our community the St. Johns River is—and how under-utilized it seems.  March 18 through April 2, St. John's Riverkeeper urges people to participate in kayaking, paddling and eco-tours all along the river as a part of the Activate the River campaign. "We've tried to create recreational opportunities that don’t exist normally. It's difficult to just get out on the St. Johns, so these two weeks are full of programs geared towards getting people connected to the river," says Shannon Blankinship, outreach director at St. Johns Riverkeeper.

The Riverkeeper hopes this campain will raise awareness of the pollution problem St. Johns Riverthreatening the river, showcase the recreational and economic benefits of the St. Johns, demonstrate strong public support for protecting and restoring the river and show public officials that it's an important resource to protect.

"There's going to be a staff member on all guided paddles. Most guides themselves are experts on the region. Having people explore new parts of the river that maybe they're not as familiar with gives them exposure to different threats facing the river," Blankinship says.


Calendar of Events

March 18:

March 19:

March 21:

  • Econlockhatchee Paddle (Seminole)

March 22:

  • Gullah Geechee Tour with Bike Florida and Putnam County Blueways and Trails (Putnam & St. Johns)

March 23:

March 24:

  • Trout Creek Paddle (St. Johns)

March 25:

March 26:

March 28:

March 30:

March 31:

April 1:

April 2:

St. Johns River