Faith-Based Activities at Santa Fe River
This rustic 12 acre sprawl is tucked away on the banks of the Santa Fe River in North Central Florida. Half an hour from Lake City and Gainesville, FL off of I-75, it is the ideal location for a weekend retreat or overnight outdoor experience! We offer primitive camping sites and cabin rentals overlooking the gorgeous Santa Fe River in the heart of spring country. Close to Gilchrist Blue Springs, Ginnie Springs, and Itchnetucknee Springs make this an ideal location for your next trip! Full service canoe, kayak, paddle board, and tube rentals. Our goal is to provide you with a memorable outdoor experience and create memories for you and your group.
Canoeing & Kayaking
It’s your choice of vessel when exploring the Santa Fe River! Whether you choose to canoe or kayak the Santa Fe, there are plenty of waterfowl, small mammals, birds, reptiles, and turtles you’ll encounter along the way. With the water systems abutting many state parks in the area, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take break, picnic on the shore, or even swim. For the ultimate on the water experience, test your skills at lake fishing during your paddle.
Sit back and enjoy a journey around old Florida. On this eco-tour, you’ll get to experience all this area has to offer in a short period of time. During the trip, you’ll see a glimpse of agriculture, the massive oaks & cypress trees, the beauty of the Suwannee and surrounding rivers, and of course catch a few wildlife sightings.
Hog hunting in Florida is for both the trophy hunter and the meat seeker! Hunting at the Santa Fe River allows hunters the opportunity to get away from their busy schedules and retreat to the hideout for peace and quiet. Florida has a steady popular of feral hogs that require constant management; this means hog hunting season is open year round. The Santa Fe River area is also a great place to turkey hunt.
Florida freshwater fishing on the Santa Fe River takes you trolling down miles and miles of stunningly beautiful riverbanks. The Santa Fe River is home to a number of fish species including Bluegill, Redbreast, Shellcracker, Catfish, and Largemouth Bass. While the Santa Fe Bass don’t grow too much in length, they are stockier fish that can only be found in certain parts of Florida and Georgia. From shore, kayak, or boat, fishing at the Santa Fe River is a fun activity for anglers of all types.
Photographing old Florida has become an adventure all in itself! The Santa Fe River area has been relatively untouched by development making it a prime area to capture photos of how Florida used to be: wild and untamed with an air of softness coming from the misty mornings on the river. Take your time observing the twilight rays dance on the water as the local wildlife begin to make an appearance.
There’s nothing better in the summer months than to cool off in the rivers and lakes. Swimming at the Santa Fe River is sure to take you back to your childhood; a time where you could relax, experience play, connect with your friends, and feel at ease. What’s stopping you from taking a dip in the cool Florida waters with us?
When the temperature rises, it’s to the water we go. Enjoy a leisurely float down one of the Santa Fe River with your small group. As you travel down river, the scenery will transform from 100-year-old oaks to massive cypress with pockets of sparkling aquamarine colored water. Tubing the Santa Fe River is a relaxing activity that’s sure to put anyone into a state of relaxation!