Stay Safe on the Suwannee River With These Helpful Tips

KayakersThere’s no better way to explore the Suwannee River than by canoe or kayak. Paddling down the river is a uniquely relaxing experience that we look forward to every year. It also offers a great opportunity to get an up-close look at the local wildlife in our area.

But to make sure you have a good time, it’s important to keep a few important safety tips in mind when you’re out on the water.

Don’t Drink and Paddle

Stowing a few beers in your canoe might seem like a nice idea, but trust us: alcohol and boating don’t mix. Inebriation will make it much harder to react quickly if you get into a dangerous situation on the water.  In fact, alcohol is the number one contributing factor in recreational boating deaths.

Rather than drinking while you paddle, wait till you get back to shore to enjoy a well-earned beer and a hot meal.

Always Wear Your Personal Flotation Device

Keep your life jacket on at all times, even if you’re a strong swimmer. Not only will it keep you afloat in strong currents, it will also make you more visible to your fellow canoers and kayakers. This way, if your boat tips over, you can get back in sooner rather than later.

Dress for the Weather

Wet clothing can cause you to lose body heat at a rapid pace, making it possible to get hypothermia even in relatively warm weather. In general you should wear light, water-resistant layers, and avoid cotton garments whenever possible.

Bring a Buddy

It’s always best to paddle with at least one other person, especially if you don’t have a lot of boating experience. The more people with travel with, the easier it will be to spot potential hazards and help each other out in the event of an emergency.

Ready to get outside and paddle down the beautiful waters of the Suwannee River? We’d love to see you at our resort and campground conveniently located in Mayo, Florida. Give us a call or contact us online to book your reservation today!

RV Security Tips for Your Next Big Adventure

Family in RVAt the Suwannee River Rendezvous, we welcome RV travelers from all over the country. Our smallest RV site is 40 by 80 feet, so we can accommodate RVs of all shapes and sizes. Visitors are welcome to park either on the original campground, or at the new Rendezvous resort, where guests can wake up to our beautiful pool complex and spa.

But as every RV owner knows, it’s important to protect your vehicle against unwanted intruders when you’re on the road. Today we’ll look at a few security tips to help you get started.

Upgrade Your Locks

An RV is more than just a mode of transportation; it’s also your home away from home. With this in mind, consider upgrading your RV’s standard locks with high-quality padlocks or cylinder locks that can’t be easily broken. It’s generally a good idea to add locks to your hitch and steering wheel, as well. That way, you can enjoy your trip without having to worry about whether or not your belongings are safe.

Invest in Security Lights

Motion-activated security lights are great theft deterrents at night. You may even use similar lights to protect your house when you’re not on the road. Modern LED security lights are inexpensive, energy efficient and easy to install. They’re also bright enough to scare off anyone who might think about trying to break into your RV under cover of darkness.

Park Smarter

With an RV, you should back into campsites to make it easy to get out, right? Well, not necessarily. Pulling forward into campsites can make it much harder for thieves to make a quick getaway with your vehicle. It may add a few minutes to your exit, but your RV’s security is worth it.

Next time you’re traveling in Florida, be sure to visit us on the Suwannee River! Reserve your site online, or give us a call today to learn more.

How to Camp Comfortably in Hot Florida Weather

Drinking WaterIt’s only March, but before too long that famous Florida heat will be returning to the Suwannee River. Hot, humid weather can make tent camping a little challenging during the peak months of summer, but it doesn’t have to keep you from having a good time. In fact, with a little care and preparation, you can camp comfortably and enjoy yourself even on the warmest days of the year!

Here are some tips to help you stay cool:

Stay Hydrated

Of course, this is the most important thing to keep in mind on especially hot days. Drinking plenty of water will not only prevent you from getting dehydrated, but also help to regulate your body temperature so that you don’t overheat. Keep a bottle of water on hand at all times, and consider packing some refreshing snacks like cucumbers and watermelons for the trip as well.

Stay Dry

Circulation is key for keeping your tent cool overnight, but it can be problematic if you get surprised by a summer rainstorm. If your tent’s rain fly makes it feel hot and stuffy inside, create a canopy over your tent by tying a tarp to a couple of nearby trees instead. This will keep your tent dry without blocking air flow and impeding circulation.

Dress Light

How hot you feel depends largely on what you’re wearing, and certain materials perform better in heat than others. In general, you should avoid clothes made of cotton. For shirts, consider a merino wool base layer that washes well and is light to wear. These days, you can also find active-wear pants that are soft, light and capable of wicking away excess moisture. Be sure to bring a good pair of waterproof shoes, too; if you’re sweaty, you don’t want your feet to be.

Getting ready to plan this year’s summer camping getaway? We’d love to see you at Suwannee River Rendezvous. If you’re nervous about the heat, you can even stay in one of our air conditioned vacation homes! Give us a call or contact us online today to learn more.

Money-Saving Tips for your Next RV Camping Adventure

Gas PricesTaking a camping trip in an RV can be a great experience, but it can also put a dent in your bank account if you aren’t careful. From gas and food to highway tolls, there are many expenses that will crop up along your adventure. Fortunately, with a little preparation, you can have a wonderful trip without breaking your budget.

Consider your destination.

Where are you going on your next RV trip? Your options are virtually limitless, but some destinations will be more expensive than others. If you’re on a tight budget, consider making a list of potential destinations and then narrowing it down based on their fees and expenses. At Suwannee River Rendezvous, you can find affordable RV camping rates all year ‘round.

Shop around for the best gas prices.

In 2018, it’s easier than ever to track local gas prices. Smartphone apps like Waze and GasBuddy are designed to help drivers find the lowest gas prices in a given area. Rather than stopping at the first gas station you see, you can often hold out for a better deal down the road.

Eat in whenever you can.

If your RV has a kitchen in it, use it. It can be tempting to pull over at a rest stop for a bite to eat, but that will cost you more money in the long run. It will also promote unhealthy eating habits. You’re much better off preparing meals in your mobile kitchen instead.

Ready to embark on your next camping adventure? We have more than 100 full hook-up sites so you can always find room at Suwannee River Rendezvous. Give us a call or contact us online to reserve your spot today!

Helpful Tips for Camping With Dogs

Dog on Camping TripTaking your dog camping with you can be a lot of fun, both for you and for your pet. But before you decide to bring your four-legged friend along for the ride, there are a few steps you should take to ensure that everyone has a great time. Check out our suggestions below!

Find a campsite that is pet-friendly.

First thing’s first! Before you book a camping trip, you need to make sure the campsite you’re going to visit allows dogs. After all, you don’t want to arrive at your destination only to find out that it isn’t pet-friendly. At Suwannee River Rendezvous, we’re happy to welcome dogs to our campsites as long as they aren’t noisy or aggressive. Just be sure to clean up after them!

Take your dog to the vet first.

Make sure your dog’s flea and tick medications are up to date before you take them camping. If it’s been awhile since your last trip to the vet, it’s a good idea to schedule a visit prior to your camping adventure. This way, you can rest easy knowing your dog is healthy and ready for the journey ahead.

Pack a first aid kit for your dog.

In the event that your dog is injured while camping, it’s important to have a first aid kit handy. There are many helpful tools in first aid kits for humans, but certain items like veterinary bandages can only be found in first aid kits made specifically for pets.

Bring a tether and stake.

Even if you don’t always tie your dog up at home, camping can be a much different experience. Your dog might get spooked by animals in the woods, or unexpectedly run off and get lost. With a tether and stake, you can give your dog some room to roam at your campsite without having to worry about them getting lost.

If you’re looking for a pet-friendly campsite in Florida, look no further than Suwannee River Rendezvous. We would love to host you, your family and your pup on your next camping trip. Give us a call or contact us online to book your getaway today!

A Beginner’s Guide to Winter Fishing in Florida

A Beginner’s Guide to Winter Fishing in FloridaThe weather in Florida typically stays pretty mild throughout the winter, which allows local anglers to continue fishing all year round. If you plan on fishing in Florida during the winter, however, you’ll need to take a slightly different approach than you would in the summer. Today we’ll look at a few ways to maximize your chances of success.

Start fishing later in the day.

It’s important for fishermen to get out on the water as early as possible on hot summer days, but in the wintertime, it’s not nearly as important to start your fishing days early. In fact, you’re better off waiting until later in the day since most fish won’t become active until the sun rises and starts to heat up the water.

Try to find warm waters.

Although the water will generally be pretty cold this time of year, you can still find small pockets of water that are warmer than others. These areas are often warmer because they’re filled with dark sand and mud that absorb the heat from the sun. If you can find these isolated warm spots, you will have a much better chance of getting a bite on your line.

Practice patience and slow down.

Fish generally aren’t as active in the winter as they are in the summer. Their metabolisms slow down dramatically, which means they don’t need to eat as much. Therefore, they will sometimes ignore your bait or wait a little longer to go after it. You will need to slow down and be more patient this time of year. The fish will start to bite eventually, but it’s not always going to happen as soon as you cast your line out.

Ready to put your winter fishing skills to the test? You can find some of the best bass fishing in the state right here at Suwannee River Rendezvous. Give us a call at 386-294-2510 to schedule your reservation today!

Essential Tips for Your First RV Camping Trip

Essential Tips for Your First RV Camping TripAre you in the process of planning your first RV camping trip? Congratulations! Traveling in an RV is a great way to explore the country. But before you go, you should take some time to familiarize yourself with RVing so that you can make the most of the experience. Check out a few essential tips for your first RV trip below!

Come up with a plan—but don’t be afraid to deviate from it!

When you first hit the road, you should have a general idea of where you’re going. Otherwise, you’re going to waste a lot of gas and potentially miss out on some amazing sites. Plan out some destinations you want to see, but don’t feel like you have to follow every single turn on the map. Allow yourself to take detours and visit sites that weren’t on your itinerary. Embrace the spontaneity that RVing offers.

Find time for yourself throughout your trip.

While the average RV offers plenty of space for you to stretch out, you’re still going to be spending a lot of time with your fellow passengers. Whenever you get the chance, find a way to make a little time for yourself. Whether that means taking a walk on a nearby trail or retreating to the back of the RV with headphones, a little alone time can go a long way during a road trip.

Ask questions of your fellow RVers along the way.

When you stop at an RV campsite, you’re going to come in contact with lots of other people on similar journeys! Don’t be afraid to ask questions or let them know about any concerns you may have. You may be able to learn a lot from these more experienced travelers.

Next time you’re in Florida, be sure to visit our RV Resort on the beautiful Suwannee River! Give us a call to learn more, or book your reservation online today!

Gift Ideas for the Camping Enthusiast in Your Life

Gift Ideas for the Camping Enthusiast in Your LifeIs there someone in your life who loves to go camping? If so, there are plenty of great gifts to consider this holiday season. To help get you started, we put together a few of our favorite gifts for camping enthusiasts. Check them out below.

Portable stoves

Cooking on a campfire certainly has its charms, but it’s not always a practical option. That’s why a good camping stove is nearly essential for overnight backpacking trips. This compact stove from MSR, for example, is small enough to fit in a cargo pocket, but powerful enough to boil water in under 4 minutes.

Camping hammocks

It’s not always easy to find a comfortable place to rest when you’re out in the wilderness, so a camping hammock is a great accessory to keep in your pack. Just anchor one of these lightweight, portable hammocks to two trees and you’ve got a comfortable place to take a nap and watch the world go by.

Water purifiers

It’s always a good idea to have one of these on hand when camping in remote areas. In the past, you may have had to purchase water purification tablets. Nowadays, however, you can find hand-operated pumps that filter water without chemicals. With one of these handy tools, you can always find potable water at the nearest stream.

If you’re still struggling to find the right gift, why not treat your loved one to a camping trip on the beautiful Suwannee River? Book your reservation today, or give us a call to learn more!

Research Finds Camping Can Help Reset Our Body Clocks

If you love the great outdoors, than you know how restorative spending time in nature can be. But did you know it can even help you overcome sleep problems? New research shows that camping can help reset our internal body clocks.

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Research Finds Camping Can Help Reset Our Body Clocks

Due to our frequent exposure to artificial light, many humans stray from a natural sleeping pattern. But one week of camping outdoors and getting away from artificial light sources is enough to return a person’s body clock to its natural sleep rhythms, according to a recent study published in Current Biology. These findings demonstrate that our internal biological clocks will quickly synchronize to a natural light-dark cycle if the opportunity arises.

Easier to wake up

During their one week of camping, the study participants’ average light exposure increased by more than four times. This added exposure to natural light caused changes in their brains’ melatonin production, which made it easier to wake up from a restful sleep.

Better Sleep

Many of the participants who usually experienced sleep issues claimed this was the only time they were able to get uninterrupted sleep by going to bed early and waking up early. This suggests that carefully controlling our exposure to artificial light, particularly at night, could help successfully treat sleep problems.

For a relaxing and rejuvenating camping experience to get your sleep schedule back on track, come visit us here at Suwannee River Rendezvous in Mayo, Florida! We offer a variety of primitive, water/electric and full hook-up sites. Contact us today for more information!

Helpful Tools to Keep In Your Tackle Box

Helpful Tools to Keep In Your Tackle BoxYou’ve got your reel and your bait, and you’re excited and ready to head out for your fishing trip.

But wait! A little extra preparation can go a long way toward helping you have a good time on your adventure. Make sure you keep a few extra tools in your tackle box so you can be ready for whatever the river brings your way!

Needlenose Pliers

Sometimes you need a little help to get your bait and tackle ready to go. Sometimes it’s tough getting a hook from your fish’s lips – especially if it has long teeth. Sometimes, your cast might not go as planned, leaving you with a hook caught in your jeans. A good pair of needlenose pliers can help you in all these situations and more.

Fillet Knife

This one may go without saying. A good rust-resistant knife can help you clean fish, cut lines, slice bait, and accomplish any number of other common tasks you might face during a fishing trip.

Insect Repellant, Sunscreen and Pain Relievers

These items are guaranteed to come in handy, but they can be easy to forget. Don’t let your day be ruined by mosquitos, sunburn and headaches. You can stop these issues in their tracks, even if you’re miles away from your medicine cabinet.

Lip Grip with Scale and a Ruler

Most anglers don’t intend to ignore length and weight restrictions when they go fishing, but let’s face it: sometimes even our best estimates can be a little inaccurate. Pack a good lip grip with a scale to measure your catch’s weight, and a cheap old ruler to check its length. You can even take photos with your ruler for friends who may doubt your fish tales later!

Flashlight

This is a great item to have around on evening fishing trips, especially when you wait just a little too long to call it quits for the night. A little extra light can go a long way.

First Aid Kit

No one plans on getting hurt, but cuts, bumps and bruises are a fact of life. It’s always better to be safe, rather than sorry!

Gloves

While you’re at it, go ahead and prevent those cuts and scrapes with a good, strong pair of gloves. It’s nice to have a first aid kit, but it’s better if you don’t need it in the first place.

Ready to put your tackle box to good use? Give us a call today to schedule your next fishing trip on the beautiful Suwannee River!