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Blue Cypress Lake, west of Vero, Florida USA
21704 73rd Manor
Vero Beach, Florida 32966
Launching from Middleton's Fish Camp on the western shore of the lake through the channel shown at left, we turned left to paddle northward.
Blue Cypress Lake is actually the beginning of the St. Johns River, a river of national importance that flows north to it's mouth in Jacksonville, Florida. But it's not easy to paddle from here to the first contiguous navigable section to the north; Lake Hell N Blazes and Sawgrass Lake.
Majestic bent Cypress trees extend out into the lake along this western shore and provide very scenic paddling through grasses and Cypress knees as shown at right. This lake is an excellent choice even when water levels are low in this part of Florida as they were when we went. We could tell from the marks on the Cypress trunks that water levels were often 2 or 3 feet higher than when we paddled.
Even with low water, however, we had no problem paddling. Watch out for old tree stumps just under the surface however, or you may have to do some back paddling.
We immediately saw many Ospreys flying and many nests as well. We also saw a couple of small alligators and huge spiders hiding in the hollowed out recesses of the old Cypress trees.
About 0.8 miles north of Middleton's, we came to the mouth of Trum Creek shown at left.
GPS: N 27 deg 44.445' W 080 deg 46.475'
Even with the low water, we were able to paddle up the creek for a quick side trip under a lush, shady canopy.
Trum Creek shown at right is full of large Bromeliads nestled in the tall trees along both banks. We are looking forward to returning when the water level is higher to explore the creek much further.
We were unable to find an easy landing for lunch, but we did manage to stop along a fallen tree trunk extending out into the lake north of the mouth of Trum Creek to get out and stretch for lunch.
We ran into some fisherman that had caught some of the biggest large mouth bass I've ever seen. They said the fishing was excellent for bass.