|Public details: This beautiful waterway is only 20 - 30 minutes south of Gainesville.
This will be a 3 - 3.5 hour paddle tour (kayak or canoe, your choice) .
Cross Creek is a charming little thread of water connecting two of north most beautiful and storied lakes, Orange and Lochloosa. On it's brief, mile-long run, the slow flowing creek meanders lazily under a nearly complete canopy of oak, maple and moss-draped cypress. On the downstream end, Orange Lake is a vast, open expanse, famous for it's "floating islands." In the past, it was a world-famous bass lake, but water levels and water quality issues in recent decades have reduced the fish populations greatly. Levels have come up, but there's still a long way to go.