Ichetucknee/Santa Fe River Karst Field Trip (22-24 February 2019)

Posted on: December 2nd, 2018 by segsmember



The Ichetucknee and Santa Fe Rivers, located in north-central Florida, meander through some of the most spectacular karst terrain in the southeastern United States.   The evolution of karst river systems will be the theme of the trip.  The existence of rare and uncommon species of plants and animals and their association with karst, will also be explored.


Friday, February 22

OPTIONAL. Dinner and a series of presentations will be given in Lake City, at the Fairfield Inn. Dinner at the Fairfield will be catered by Sonny’s.

  • 5:30 pm – Social hour and SEGS business meeting
  • 7:15 – Catered Dinner by Sonny’s BBQ (Dinner held during business meeting and presentations)
  • 7:30 – Business
  • 7:45 – Presentations
    • Rick Copeland – Introduction (5 minutes)
    • Sam Upchurch – Evolution of Karst Traces of North Florida (20 minutes)
    • Christopher Williams – Revised Geomorphology of Florida (20 minutes)
    • Gary Warren – Rare and Uncommon Species in Karst Environments (20 minutes)
  • 8:30 pm – Continued social hour (optional)

Saturday, February 23

FIELD TRIP TRAVEL WILL BE BY CARAVAN. The field trip will follow the trace of the former and current Ichetucknee River, plus a trace of a former creek, known locally as the Paradise Ravine.  Attendees will stop at sinkholes, poljes (coalescing sinkholes), swallets, river rises, and springs. They will hear from experts regarding karst features, studies pertaining to them, local fauna and flora, and the local history related to the features.

  • Start: Fairfield Inn in Lake City. Caravan leaves toward first stop at 8:00 AM. Arrive by 7:45 AM. Times in parenthesis are estimates.
  • Stop 1: Alligator Lake (8:30)
  • Stop 2: Harris Lake (9:30)
  • Stop 2: Cannon Creek Sink (10:30)
  • Stop 3: Dial Sink (11:10)
  • Stop 4: Rose Creek (11:30)
  • Stop 5: Ichetucknee St Park (1:00) and box lunch (included in trip fee)
    • Speakers: Sam Upchurch, Gary Maddox, and Rick Copeland: Groundwater issues in the Santa Fe basin
  • Stop 6 or 7: Paradise Ravine (2:30)
  • Stop 6 or 7: Paradise Ravine head water sink and Jess’s Hole (3:30)
  • Finish at Fairfield Inn, Lake City, at about 5:00 PM

Sunday, February 24


  • 9:30 am – Canoe/Kayak half-day trip down the Ichtucknee River in the state park (about three hours). Sam Cole Park Ranger and biologist will lead the canoe trip.
    • Bring your own kayak/canoe or rent one. Cost to rent = $16 person or $32 for up to three (in a canoe/kayak). Sign up on Friday evening (Rick Copeland) or with vendor on Sunday.
    • Box lunch available for $10.50 (without drink) or $12.00 (with soft drink). Sign up on Friday evening (Rick Copeland).
  • Noon – Arrive at south end of park and lunch.


SEGS has reserved a block of 20 rooms for $129.00 per night per room (queen or king) at Fairfield Inn in Lake City.   Numerous other motels are available in the vicinity in Lake City.

Fairfield Inn
538 SW Corporate Drive
Lake City, FL 32055

Mention that you are with the Southeastern Geological Society.

Deadline for reservations with rate given above is February 9, 2019.

Age and Safety Restrictions

Children welcome with completed waiver and accompanying adult. Safety glasses (sunglasses), shirts, and closed-toe shoes are required. Drinks, sunscreen, and insect repellent recommended.

Manual Registration

If you have trouble with the electronic registration, you can manually register by completing and sending this this PDF to segsfieldtrip@gmail.com and then using the information at this link (click here) to pay.

Registration and Fees

  • The Friday presentation and dinner fee is $16. (optional)
  • The Saturday field trip fee is $40.  It includes a hardcopy field guidebook and a box lunch at the Ichetucknee State Park.
  • The Sunday canoe/kayak half-day trip does not have a separate fee, but kayak/canoe rentals will need to be paid on-site to the vendor at $16 per person (or $32.00 for up to three people in a canoe). (optional)

Electronic Registration

Please check ALL the appropriate option(s) below and click “Purchase” to quickly e-register for the trip. You will be routed to a waiver you can sign electronically, and then to the registration and payment form. Since every participant needs to complete a waiver, you can only register one person at a time, but registration takes just a few minutes. If you have trouble with the e-registration below, you can register manually using the PDF in the “Manual Registration” section above (CLICK HERE).



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