Basket...Shady Oaks from the water looks just like what the name says...a bunch of shady oaks. There is a large piece of land sticking out from the bank and some remnants of a building there as well near the ramp. It is pretty claose to the south end of the lake well below Brahma Island.
Mood...I have fished the river and personnally I wouldn't waste the fuel just to go ride and look as there's not much there. Good fishing and hunting though.
I was in Gardner a week ago and it is getting dry. Like COUNTRY said, if you think you might have trouble running dry don't even bother going in.
I was just wanting to know if it is dry so I won't have to drive all the way around. I will be coming from lk cypress and if it is dry there should not be any problem just don't want to run dry for a mile or two
CC...you'll be fine, I've seen your rig in action. There is still some water in the main trails but that initial jump from Cypress to the road will be DRY!! Once over it you should be able to make down to Kissimmee with only small stretches of bad stuff.
Just to clarify, I was referring to the part of the river just below the lock and south for a few miles. Not real exciting. I would like to go farther south and check out the restored part one day too.
The unrestored Kissimmee river is like running a big canal with the exception of oxbows here and there. It is not something you would want to run in an airboat. On the other hand, the restored area iconsists of prairies, marsh, and a winding river. Once you see the difference you really get a new appreciation for the river restoration project.
Put in a few weeks ago at micco bluff with Florida cracker. Went north from there, real pretty ride. like jdotson said, prairies, marsh, and winding river. Not as much water as a few months ago. Its getting a little dry, but still a great ride.