Places To Paddle


Tom Haynie


– some water + a simple view from two little portholes =


‘Trip’ Reports – home page

.Az – The Colorado River (below The Hoover Dam) from Willow Beach, Az – Oct.

Ca – Echo Lake, Ca. (at Lake Tahoe) – Oct.

Ca – Lake Tahoe – Emerald Bay – Oct.

Co – The Gunnison River, at Delta, Co – Oct.

Co – Williams Reservoir – Sept

De – The Broadkill River – Oct.

De – The Nanticoke – Oct

De – Trussum Pond – Nov

De – Rehobeth Bch to Delaware Bay – April

Fla – Alexander Springs – Nov

Fla – Estero River – Nov

Fla – Fisheating Creek – Jan

Fla – Ichetucknee Springs – Oct

Fla – Juniper Springs – Nov

Fla – Little Manatee River – Jan  (Canoe Outpost)

Fla – The Ochlockonee river, bay – April

Fla – The Peace River – Feb, Zolfo Springs to Arcadia

Fla – Rainbow Springs – Oct

Fla – Rock, Salt, Juniper Springs – Ocala Nat Forest – Feb.

Fla – The Sante Fe River – April

Fla – The Silver River – Ocala – Nov.

Fla – Trip Agenda/ideas for the Suwannee River

Fla – The Suwannee River – Low water – Fargo, Ga to the Gulf – April (225 miles)

Fla – The Suwannee River – High water – Fargo to the Gulf – April (225 miles)

Fla – The Suwannee River Grin – Live Oak to the Gulf – April (150 miles) kayak/canoe

Fla – The Suwannee River – at Holton Creek – Feb

Fla – The Withlacoochee (at the Gulf) – July

Ga – Lake Burton – May

Ga – Lake Seed – August

Ga – Lake Rabun – August

Ga – The Okefenokee Swamp – Feb

Ga/Sc – Lake Yonah – May

Ga/Sc – Lake Tugaloo – July

Md – Assateague Island –  April

Md – The Pokomoke River – May

Mo – The Current River, Akers to Doniphan – (110 miles) – Aug

Mo – The Current River, Pulltite to Two Rivers – (36 miles) -Sept

NC – Mountain Island Lake – Sept

NC – Ocracoke Island –  April

WNC – Bear Creek Lake (or Bear Lake) – May

WNC – Cascade Lake –  July

WNC – Fontana Lake – Hazel/Eagle Creeks – August

WNC – Lake Adger – (Lake Adger Option) July

WNC – Lake Glenville – Aug

WNC – Lake James – Aug

WNC – Lake Julian – Nov

WNC – Lake Lure – Aug

WNC – Lake Summit – Aug

WNC – Nantahala Lake – June

WNC – The French Broad River at Asheville – June

SC – Lake Jocassee,  SW – July

SC – Chatooga River (Section II) SC/Ga – July

Ut – Lake Powell, Lone Rock and Labyrinth Bay/Canyon – Sept.



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17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. absent neighbor
    Jun 23, 2011 @ 22:44:23

    yo man. miss hanging out and chatting and sharing some brew. moving back in round the end of June. hope to see you there and hear stories of your latest adventures.

  2. Tom Haynie
    Jun 24, 2011 @ 08:10:19

    That’s good news for us buddy

  3. Anonymous
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 22:35:37

    Mr. Haynie,

    my dad has it on his bucket list to boat the Mississippi from beginning to end. I have been trying to find a company or tour that does this…..any ideas?

  4. Tom Haynie
    Sep 19, 2011 @ 06:37:18

    I do not know of a commercial avenue to do the river but feel certain one should be out there. The basis (depending on how sea-worthy he is) is a mechanically sound pontoon – from there, its good sense and research (like you are doing now). There are challenges, but that’s what makes things valuable, you can’t be afraid to get wet. It is an awesome ride – let me know how/if I can help…(heck, I just might go if you’re ‘springing,’ I got the time) email

  5. Anonymous
    Nov 08, 2011 @ 14:06:42

    Tommy , is that you on the Raft? Is that your Raft! Or are you one that challenges this venture now and then? How excited! I just noticed this site on your facebook and clicked on!

  6. June Stephenson
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 03:26:50

    I am doing a holiday in USA in Sept. I had no idea the Mighty Mississippi River in New Orleans actually started way up north in Minnesota. I am now 74 yrs. old and they say you are never too old to learn something new. You must have had a wonderful trip, wish I was young again .

  7. Tom Haynie
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 21:33:44

    Great that you are exploring the computer June, I found it helpful in preparing for those special trips – like the one of yours coming up – best river advice, don’t do anything fast, savor the time it…

    The Mississippi was a wonderful (and fairly primitive) 32-day “ride”….

  8. Jon
    Jul 08, 2013 @ 02:50:23

    I was traveling to Colorado by car from Texas when I stopped for gas in Santa Rosa. At my pump I noticed the web address for this site scrawled on the front of it. Greetings from Texas!

  9. Tom Haynie (bacshortly)
    Jul 08, 2013 @ 06:57:23

    That’s funny Jon, thanks for the information – love it! (Hope that you have a good ride..)

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  11. Travelin' Tiffany
    May 02, 2014 @ 20:24:29

    Thanks for letting me crash your Ocala “Island party”. Loved the stories and totally envious of the Mississippi adventure.Let me know if you make it to the Buffalo and I’ll hook you up with some great guides!

  12. June Stephenson
    May 02, 2014 @ 22:11:39

    Hi Tom, thanks for the email, just had to let you know I cheated, I did one month to USA and unfortunately only had a few hours on the Mississippi aboard the paddle boat “Natchez” had lunch and went a few miles up stream just loved it. What can you say about Bourbon Street, want to go back. Good luck with your travels

  13. humboldtart
    Oct 26, 2014 @ 12:50:11

    Hit Stone lagoon if you are ever in Humboldt – Pretty place!

  14. Brian Everhart
    Nov 11, 2017 @ 21:37:34

    After I retire next May 31, 2017 I am taking my 12 year old grandson on a 350 mile excursion from Lafayette to Evansville, IN. Will be on my 22 ft Lowes pontoon with 40 hp 4 stroke. Thanks for the fuel usage info on your Mississippi trip. Trips in the future include Chicago to Gulf (1300 miles) and Ohio from Pittsburgh to Cairo (100 miles). Lots of others to consider.

  15. Tom Haynie (bacshortly)
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 07:46:44

    It will be a trip to remember Brian, well worth the time and preparation, esp with a 12 y/o grandson; he will remember it for a lifetime and do him a world of good. Chicago to the Gulf will be a good one too – you will meet folks along the way on the great route loop. I am shooting to do something similar 2019, except passing up on the lower Miss and easing down the Tenn-tom to Mobile. The best to you….

  16. Jonny
    Jul 17, 2020 @ 10:19:50

    If you’re ever in Missouri and looking to do some paddling let me know! The Current is only the tip of the iceberg.

  17. Tom Haynie (bacshortly)
    Jul 17, 2020 @ 11:50:20

    Thanks man, you live in a great area – there are a few others I’d love to explore….

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