Time and distance is dependent on how far the paddler wants to go. Sticking to the out and back paddling trail keeps you within the baldcypress forest and is about 2 miles total. Venture further south beyond the smaller open lake area out through the tall grass and you are rewarded with panoramic views of the large open lake. This lake is plenty large enough to paddle for exercise. Conversely, you can take it easy and explore the lake edges, full of duckweed covered waters, baldcypress forests, and large lily pads.