In the late 1980’s the State of Florida designated 38 State Canoe Trails and gave the outfitters the mileages to each point along the trail. Wouldn’t you know it, the Peace River was one of the original trails!
Spring forward about 20 years and add in the factor of GPS and the river mileages have changed. DEP has updated the Peace River map at their website. All the mileages to Arcadia will not match DEP’s because DEP’s mileages go to the Arcadia Boat Ramp in Veteran’s Park. Our mileages reference our dock in Arcadia.
|Paddling Trip||DEP Miles||Outpost Miles|
|Ft. Meade to Zolfo||24|
|Ft. Meade to Gardner||43.5|
|Ft. Meade to Arcadia||57||55.5|
|Wauchula to Zolfo||4.5|
|Wauchula to Gardner||24|
|Wauchula to Arcadia||37.5||36|
|Zolfo to Gardner||19.5|
|Zolfo to Arcadia||33||31.5|
|Gardner to Brownville||4|
|Gardner to Arcadia||13.5||12|
|Brownville to Arcadia||9.5||8|
Note: The old mileage from Wauchula to Arcadia was 47 miles but the Scouts called it 50 miles so they could qualify for the 50 mile badge.
Fast Forward again to 2011, the Paddling Trail is extended to Bartow. Click here for info on the extended river mileages of the Peace River Paddle Trail. Canoe Outpost-Peace River now has a laminated 8 1/2 x 11 laminated B&W two-sided map for sale at the Outpost. It is a condensed version of the OGT 9-page map.