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6 hours ago
Gator Country vs House of Slytherin on the Hillsborough today! ... See MoreSee Less
Wouldn’t want to get to close to that gator. 😂😂😂
My ABSOLUTELY FAVORITE paddle. We count the gators on the way up the the park before turning around...53 one trip! We are due a trip. Your photos are exquisite! Thank you for sharing your talented eye! 😎💖
Great Pics. Love the photo journey You take us on . Scary pic , Scary pic , Butterfly 🦋 Scary , Scary , 🦋 😉
You got some awesome shots!
6 hours ago
Went outside my element today and kayaked the Tampa Bay...A HUGE school of rays swam right through us! It was AWESOME! The entire dark area that you see are all rays...HUNDREDS! ... See MoreSee Less
Those look like Cow-Nosed Rays, not Stingrays
And that is why I avoid springs, rivers etc. There are so many more amazings and wonderfuls in the salty stuff. Glad to hear you pushed yourself out of your element.
A large grouping of rays is called a Fever of Rays 😉
Love the ecosystem in Tampa bay
Where abouts in the Bay was this?
I’ve heard a friend say this occurred when they were on surfboards there a few years ago!!
They are sooo cool to see!! I’ve seen them in the Bay before. Glad you got to have that experience!
That's so awesome!!
SO cool!!! I’m jealous!
I’m going to have to launch from there
What a cool thing to experience!!!
That’s is awesome!
I can't both WOW and LOVE this so a wow and comment it is! this is so cool! I'm getting ready to move to the clearwater area and am so excited to try some new types of kayaking! I hope I can see something this cool!
Wow!!! I’m so jealous !!
I think I’d be a little afraid 😱 Those things can get tremendous !
1 day ago
I finally got my kayak, took longer than I hoped. I asked before but I can’t find the post. Can anyone recommend a place in the palm beach area for someone who has never gone before? Also anyone out there give lessons? ... See MoreSee Less
Jonathan Dickinson state park
John Prince Park/Square Lake/Lake Osborne. Great place to learn and see bountiful wildlife.
Put in at Burt Reynolds Park. Paddle around the intercoastal. Take. Break and paddle up to Guanabanas. We've even paddled to the inlet and parked to hang out at Dubois park. The tide pool. Get to paddle past the light house.
Sea ghost 110???
Sorry, I don't live in the area but unlike many will tell you training is worth every dollar you spend on it. Not only in safety but in working less and doing farther.
Common sense, YouTube, and safety third! 😂
Lots of you tube videos on how to get in a kayak and how to get out. And there is really no graceful way to do either LOL. And it is always a wet sport remember that. Some kind of water shoes highly recommended
It's a nice paddle to put in on Central Blvd by the fire station in Jupiter and paddle around the neighborhoods.
Okeeheelee Park best area for beginners and learning. Before hitting the rivers, springs and ocean.
Wanna go paddle?
Rigo Dominguez probably you can help him.
You lessons will come from the new friends you make and going out on the water with them and having fun.
Go paddling. app
Stay in the shallow water
I also have a Sea Ghost 130 and live in West Palm. Kayaking around Peanut Island is great and there are all kinds of spots along the intracoastal. Also Riverbend Park in Jupiter.
Yes! To the peanut island adventure! I took my paddleboard last week from Phil Foster park under the blue heron bridge out to peanut island. Great snorkeling on the island! Wonderful day trip!
4 hours ago
I’m not sure what’s allowed and not allowed to be posted on this page, but if anyone is interested, I’m a kayak level II Instructor and I do guided kayak ecotours in the Tampa Bay Area with Latitudes Tours! Awesome for people just starting out! ... See MoreSee Less
2 days ago
The monkeys were out this morning. ... See MoreSee Less
Around what time was that?
Manases Ramos - I have got to kayak here!!! I gotta see da monkeys!
Bath time! This is cool! I hadn't witnessed this behavior before. Thanks for sharing!
Too cool 😎
This is so cool. Haven’t made it there yet
Lauren Vann Rogers
Throwing stuff at them?
Eww they carry some pretty gross diseases
Shae Shae!!! Diving monkeys!!!
Waaa. I’m a little scared of them
What's the currents like at Silver Springs? We are going in a couple weeks... trying to gauge if my 10 year old can handle paddling by herself.
I guess I'm going to have to take my wife out there again and try to find the monkeys. maybe if I just drop her off on the shore they'll come and talk to her.
That is terrifying.
Was this paddling from Ray's upriver?
1 day ago
This is the trip I’m gunna do this weekend, I made it up myself. We are going to camp in the forest somewhere halfway through. Any tips? I just hope we can find a solid clearing ... See MoreSee Less
I think that is spectacular! New to Florida, new to canoeing and would love to be able to do that someday!
There are 3, maybe 4 troops of wild Macaque's along the way, closer to Silver Spring. You have to look carefully for the little ones playing in the trees along the banks. Don't get too close to shore though, the mothers are protective and some are really big, 3'-4' tall sitting down. Momma below. Estimated to be 300 - 400 macaques out there.
I hope that you plan on starting at silver springs and riding the current all the way down and take out at ocklawaha. Also I’m curious, are you planning on leaving a car at the end?
How long is that paddle?
I would suggest you go from Silver Springs down to Gore's landing. The Ock upstream of Silver isn't clear and it is a straight canal from the barge project in the 70's. That being said there are several clearings along the way to possibly camp. Just not as exciting as one would hope.
The locks are fun if you've never been and the Dam Diner has a great breakfast.
Good thing you threw this up for people to caution you. That’s a weird spot that flows strongly in unusual ways.
On a seperate note, and i know this is s controversial topic, but I'd be leary camping anywhere near those macaques. People make jokes about them having herpes, but it's an entirely different virus than the herpes that occurs in humans, and deadly to us. I don't think anyone's contracted it from them in the wild here in Florida, but i don't know if I'd be comfortable sleeping, cooking & eating, storing food, etc, around them. I might be overly cautious, but thought I'd throw that out there. www.cdc.gov/herpesbvirus/index.html
Try going THIS direction. Almost of the land for at least 100 ft on either side of the river is owned either by the Ocala National Forest or Florida DEP as the Greenways State Rec Area. On the west side in the Strouds Creek area is some private property - part of Rainey Pastures - but it's really swampy in that area, so you are unlikely to camp and trespass.
Put in at Ray Wayside and take out at Gores, or start at Gores and go down to Eureka. Much nicer stretch of river, and you'll be going downstream the whole way. Not to mention more places to camp.
I agree put in at Rays and take out at Gore's landing. You will find more places to camp mostly on the right hand side of the river. I paddled it last Saturday.
Gator mating season so b very alert where u camp
Hammock camp, keeps you out of the mud.
2 days ago
Always a good time when your going down river.
Cruze Park wauchula FL.
Hardee County. ... See MoreSee Less
Ma'am where is that
what a nice launch
Are you allowed to fossil hunt in that area?
15 hours ago
We are in Key West and would love to kayak in the mangroves. Any advice (apart from unraveling a sweater) that would help us find our way back out again? ... See MoreSee Less
Download Navionics app to your phone...track course
Downloaded a tracking app to your phone. One that leaves a trail of breadcrumbs
I would look for a handheld GPS. We took our powered boat out to the Marquesas with intent to kayak there and my phone didn't track so well w/ spotty reception unless we very close proximity to KW.
We use Google maps satellite view on our phones but it can’t be dense tree cover and you have to have phone service
Hand-held gps with tracking is the ticket.
Ken uses sport tracker app on his iPhone. Then just put that in a dry bag. If we get lost we can always access that.
Orange ribbon tide on the mangrove
Assuming you're talking about paddling the Salt Ponds. There are 2 trails from the Riviera Canal. On the easternmost trail, you travel a short distance & come to a small lagoon. It's not the Salt Ponds, look to your immediate right and you'll see another trail opening - this will take you to the Salt Ponds, can't get lost from this point. If you take the westernmost trail, there's no alternative trails to worry about. As far as finding the trails to return, once you're in the Salt Ponds, use the condo's as a reference point but they're not hard to find. The trail openings are about 200 yards apart. Here's a paddle I did once to give you an idea. If you do the entire loop as I did, it's a 6 mile paddle but note that part of it is in open water so be aware & also check the tide as there's a bridge (Flagler Avenue) over the Salt Channel Run that doesn't have enough clearance at high tide but you can portage your kayak over.
7 days ago
Hi everyone I am getting ready to purchase my first kayak, What is the best kayak for a beginner, some reason I seem to like the covered sit in. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.
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I'm in this same situation. I've selected a couple & the local outfitter is going to take me out next week to see which I like best.
Consider in which type of water you will use it. River, gulf or ocean. Also, length and weight. Go someplace which lets you try a few.
Get a Perception Swifty 9.5 foot sit in. It's a good all around kayak, made in South Carolina by Confluence Watersports. $250-300. Unless you weigh 250+ then look at comething a bit larger.
Questions on social media about buying a kayak are quite common, so I have a canned response. I am an avid paddler who has owned 20+ kayaks over the last 20 years. I paddle something over 1000 miles each year, most of which is training/racing plus a mixture of recreational paddling and kayak camping. The first point I will make is that NOBODY can give you a good recommendation without knowing about you and how/where you plan to paddle. What is your height/weight and how big are your feet? Will you be paddling springs, lakes, ocean, mangroves? Short recreational paddles, long distance day trips or overnight kayak camping? Fishing, photography? How will you stow and transport? The second point is that comfort is of the utmost importance, so NEVER buy a boat without paddling it first. If you are serious about getting the right boat for you, do yourself a favor and go to an outfitter who has a good selection of boats that you can test paddle. A good outfitter knows what questions to ask and how to properly size a boat for you. I am not talking about premium $3000 boats, but the entry level kayaks sold by outfitters. I am familiar with Wilderness and Hurricane but there are many others that fit this category. You will spend a little more, but you will end up with a boat that fits both your intended use and your body. You can get a cheaper boat at a box store, but it will be heavier (harder to load), slower, handle like crap and may or may not be the right boat for the conditions that you intend to paddle. Even worse, you may find that it does not fit you well and a mile into your first paddle it turns into a medieval torture device. There are deals to be had on Craigslist etc but you have to know what you are looking for, and if you are asking here you don’t have that knowledge. Most on Craiglist are just box store kayaks that the owner found to be uncomfortable/heavy/slow when they got it on the water for the first time. Renting for a few outings is a good idea before buying. Try going to a variety of different venues (beach, river, intercoastal, springs, etc) and paddle a variety of boat types (kayak, canoe, SUP, tandem, etc). This will help you decide what and where you prefer paddling. Keep in mind that most rental boats are horrible cheap things and may not be representative of a good kayak that you would buy from an outfitter. Generally speaking, you do not want a single kayak less than about 12’ long, but a lighter paddler can go a little shorter and a heavier paddler will need a longer boat. While easier to transport and store, shorter boats take more effort to paddle and do not track well (they don’t go straight). Most beginner kayakers start with Sit On Top (SOT) boats but graduate to Sit inside boats if they stay with the hobby. The biggest advantage of SOT boats is that they are unswampable and they are great for fishing. Sit inside boats tend to be lighter and have a drier ride than SOT. Sit inside boats also perform better because the paddler sits lower and has less windage. One caution is that a sit inside MUST have positive floatation in both the bow and stern (some of the very cheapest sold ay box stores do not). Without floatation in both ends, the boat will float vertically if swamped, and the only way to empty it is to pull it ashore. You do not want a tandem less than ~14’ long because the paddlers are too close together, making it easy to hit paddles. That is why they are commonly called divorce boats (Yes, we used to own one and yes, we sold it after paddling it very little). Shorter boats also have to be wider to carry the load so they are slow and do not track well. Most SOT tandems are rotomold plastic, so they are really heavy (hard to load). One of my paddling buddies has a Hurricane Santee 140 tandem, and that is a great little tandem. Hurricane uses a different plastic, and the Santee 140 is about 10# lighter than a similar sized rotomold. Inflatable kayaks are a great choice if you are really limited by storage/transport space. They come in two varieties, expensive and pool toys. If it costs under ~$500 then it is a pool toy. Don’t get me wrong, the pool toy may be perfect for you if you don’t want to paddle far or fast and like having a wet butt. Some of the more expensive inflatables perform relatively well but not as well as a similarly priced rigid boat. Keep in mind that setting up an inflatable increases launch/recovery time. It can also be difficult to demo an inflatable. The last two items to consider are a paddle and a PFD. Most first-time kayak buyers make the mistake of going cheap on both. All cheap paddles are heavy and heavy paddles tire you quickly. The price of a $50 paddle may look good but half-way through a 3-mile paddle you will be hating it. Generally speaking, metal shaft paddles are the cheapest/heaviest, fiberglass is more expensive but lighter and carbon fiber are the lightest and most expensive. If you are going to use it much, a $200 paddle will be well worth it. A similar argument can be made for your PFD. For $10 or so you buy one of those orange things that is so uncomfortable that you will never wear it. Strapped to the back of your kayak it meets the legal requirement (you need a whistle too), but it will be of zero value in a survival situation. It is very difficult to paddle wearing one and they are impossible to put on while swimming. For less than $30 you can get a vest style PFD that is suitable for inland use and doesn’t interfere with paddling. Inflatable fanny pack PFDs are a bit more expensive and require annual maintenance, but they are very unobtrusive. If you are paddling in waves, a suitable high-quality PFD will cost well over $100 and be worth every penny. As the USCG says, “The best PFD is the one that you will wear.”
Fabulous write-up. Thank you. I was considering a fanny pack PFD. What is the "annual maintenance" you are talking about?
Rent and borrow till you find what you love. Before you buy n sell 20 kayaks till you find the one you love!
whatever gets you on the water and will do the kind of kayaking you want to do. me personally I do creeks and rivers and only occasionally do some intercoastal or short trips in the gulf. i find my box store pelican does just fine so long as I watch for windy days and dont do open water during those days. ive been out on lakes in 20mph gusts in it though and while i got a workout, I never got swamped. i for one dont mind actually working my muscles though. I like to explore narrow winding places and the longer the boat the crappier it turns in my experience. everyone saying dont go below 12 and I run a 10ft right now and really would only use a 12 for open water or kayak camping. Sure you are going to probably upgrade in the future. however you will get a ton of use out of the box store kayaks, you don't have to worry about roughing them up a little bit as you learn. At first you're going to bump stuff etc. and eventually you'll upgrade. you'll find things that you don't like about the cheaper kayak and then you'll get a nicer one but it would be an awful shame if you were to buy $800-$1200 kayak only to use it two or three times a year on a spring where a $250-300 kayak would have done just fine. I find it highly discouraging that people are telling a brand new kayaker to buy a $200 paddle... you probably can't even appreciate that expensive paddle if you haven't used a cheap one lol. I still use the paddle that came with the cheapest kayak I have ever bought. heres me at Jewel Key in the gulf outside 10000 islands in a 300 boat with that cheap paddle they said would be torturous to use we hit 18 miles that day. a lot of these people will tell you that this isnt possible or you shouldn't do this. my box store kayak didn't feel like a medieval torture device that's for sure! If you can afford it, sure put your money to use and get something nice. just dont let not having the nicest stuff dissuade you from getting a kayak. cuz I'm going to tell you right now having your own is super nice. I don't go very many places with a rental place nearby. im not hindered by where I can rent or when they are open. i do encourage you to try different things but my experience with outfitters is that they're going to try to sell you the most expensive thing they can regardless of whether or not you actually need or would you utilize the features on what they're trying to sell you.
FEEL FREE kayaks.
Thank you for sharing this. Now I have a lot to think about, and I appreciate everyone’s experience and knowledge. You all have been a big help, and I thank you again
Impossible question for anyone but you to answer. Try as many types and sizes as you can and go from there. Me, nothing smaller than 16' and a sit in.
Perception Swifty 9.5 would be my suggestion for non-whitewater creeks and slow rivers. Quality rotomolded plastic. Light, fun, and stable. I don't even understand why it is so fun to paddle, as it doesn't track well (less than 10 ft), but it's just a great feeling little boat otherwise. Only good for rivers and lakes though. Cockpit is very big and roomy, gets swamped easily in open water with any waves.
Economy Tackle in Sarasota had a kayak tryout on weekends so you could try different types of kayaks. I like the sit on because it’s not only self-bailing, it’s more durable than the thinnet-skinned sit-ins. Now I’m wanting something more of a hybrid SUP/kayak. More stability and easier on and off.
I like my 14 ft Precision sitting side it Glides through the water also get some lightweight paddles some paddles are very heavy
I agree with Nathan Bartosek 💯 I too have a pelican and absolutely LOVE it. It's 10ft and is perfect for the springs and lakes.
This is what we decided on for local springs. Cannot wait to explore Florida on a kayak
I just bought a Pelican Argo 10 footer at Academy Sports for 219. I had it in the creek 3 days ago. I was surprise how well it tracked etc and was very pleased. A great beginners sit in.
1 day ago
I am seeing a lot of posts about new kayak owners out there. How about getting a Coast Guard beginners guide to safer paddling and an "If Found-Contact" sticker for free. Just send your name and mailing address to: [email protected] Every thing is free, postage and stickers. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you for doing this.
Great idea, thanks! Something additional that I’ve always done with all of my kayaks and canoes is to put my spouse’s phone number on all of them, with a black sharpie and/or a “yellow paint pen” ($5 at Amazon). I use my wife’s phone number in case I’m gonzo, or my phone sunk with my boat, or they were both lost or stolen. I put her phone number in several places, both inside and outside, hopefully making it less desirable to a thief (or buyer of stolen goods) as well as easier to recover. Paddle and PFD and dry bag too.
I would like the beginners guide how would i get one ?
3 days ago
just wondering, am I the only one doing this while paddling... ... See MoreSee Less
I do it
What’s bag floaters? I’m assuming to collect any trash?
Thats how me and my 4 year-old go "fishing" he brings his net and we scoop em up
I always take home & properly dispose of any bodies I find while on the water
Yes. Also at the beach or any of our natural spaces. Can’t stand to see litter.
The only body I ever saw was a dead deer. I'm sure the buzzards would have fought me if I tried to take their lunch.
I always keep a mesh bag for trash
Always...this is just one of my recent hauls
I am part of this group. I need to find a good method for kayaking. I was thinking grabbers because I don’t want to touch some things. I don’t wear gloves kayaking. Also I was thinking of dragging a tube with a trash bag to collect so it’s not on my kayak. I’m afraid I’d dump it getting off at the end of day. www.facebook.com/groups/1655438817928032/?ref=share
I collect and dispose of the trash. The bodies I leave. I don't want them funking up my kayak. Besides, they won't be floating for too long.
All the time!
Bottles, cans, plastic bags among other stuff. No bodies so far.
Ohh, mesh bag, I like it!
Keep your eyes open for Square Grouper
No, I do it as well. I actually went on a date kayaking. Dug trash out of river the whole time he fished. Lol.
I always do it. I am very happy on days I don't find any.
We carry on the kayak a long grabber and a mesh bag all the time
I spent a half-hour cleaning up the park I had lunch at the other day. There was trash all along the bank. The sad irony is that there was a trash can 50 feet away from most of the trash
I can't remember the last time I pulled my kayak out of the water without having SOMETHING to throw out (or recycle). Good on ya, brother!
Scallop bags work great. I make sure mine's always handy.
We even bring extended grabbers to get stuff out of the mangroves we can't reach easily
Always collect trash or whatever I find. Found a bike tire frame and a brick once
I am a picker rather than a kayaker lately! I’m a member of local advocate to clean up lakes, rivers and beaches. Central Florida Recon
I pick up!!
11 hours ago
Hello! What can anyone tell me about paddling at Okeeheelee Park in Palm Beach. Is it difficult when there is wind or is it protected? Is there much wildlife? Thank you in advance for any advise. Andrea O'Connell. ... See MoreSee Less
Wind can be a problem there and there's not much to see as far as wildlife.
I usually paddle Okeheelee South, not the main park. There isn’t much wildlife (some fish and birds, and one iguana) and you’re usually the only one out there which is what I love. It’s so peaceful and the sky and water are beautiful. You go through like 4 tunnels if you go the outskirts. I’ve never really had a problem with the wind.
Another good place with a little more wildlife is Winding Waters. Check that one out if you haven’t gone before.
Let me know if you want a buddy and I can meet up with you there.
1 day ago
I'd like to put some patches of protective material on my new kayak to save the deck from scratches where I carry my spare paddle. What do y'all suggest? ... See MoreSee Less
Embrace the scratches, they’re coming...
Take a look at KeelEazy. It is designed for use as rub strips but I use it as a paddle strike guard on my race boats. Comes in various widths. It is the black rectangle forward of my knees in this picture.
Would keel tape work?
Another option is paddle britches.
Northwater paddle scabbards
There is this clear “tape” that paddleboarders use to cover high abrasion areas but the name escapes me at this moment
Go to a guy that does car wraps, the 3m product they use is waterproof & come off was without damage. My Son does this for a living & it works fabulous!!
11 hours ago
Any good kayaking near Anastasia State park other than Open water? As in Rivers or mangroves? ... See MoreSee Less
Not too close. Marineland has some mangrove tunnels, that lead back to open water. Lots of flats in the area. There are some creeks. Moultrie Creek, Hospital Creek, Moses Creek, Pellicer Creek are a few. None are real close to the park. Hospital is the closest.
2 days ago
Where can I swim and possibly paddleboard in Ocala with crystal clear water? Alexander in Astor is one of my regular spots so not there. TIA ... See MoreSee Less
No people do not swim in silver river. No good place to even get in and out of a kayak. Gators galore and water moccasins.
Gator mating season bad idea
Oh boy. Please do not attempt to swim there! As beautiful as waterways are in Florida, be extra cautious. I've lived here almost my entire life, do not get laxidasal. There are places to swim, don't go alone, don't go at dusk. Go where everyone else is swimming, ask questions like you just did before you go. Always assume there's gators. Oh. And that cute One baby gator......mama isn't too far away. They keep an eye out for their babies for a couple of years.
Salt springs or silver glen
Silver Glen is perfect for swimming
Teela Wellberg Rainbow River!
Silver Glen can be a little busy with boats, but safe from gators 🙂 Yiu also have to factor in the distance of carry from the parking lot to the launch point
Not Ocala but Weeki Wachee it takes me a 1:10 to get there from south of Ocala, you can put in at Rogers park and only pay $10 parking fee but you paddle upstream, I put in at the weeki Wachee state park and pay $7 and change but then have to Uber back to my truck and then go get my board, this is all downstream 5.5 miles.
Salt springs. You can drive down to launch points and also swim lots of boats traffic on weekends. Redneck yacht club lol
Rainbow River in Dunnellon
15 hours ago
Photos from Anna Marie Lawrence's post ... See MoreSee Less
16 hours ago
Had a great time out on the St Mary's yesterday! ... See MoreSee Less
1 day ago
Photos from Paula Mendoza's post ... See MoreSee Less
nice pic's love it
It’s too funny I’m on the same waterways all the time but never run into you
2 weeks ago
I gotta stop 😅😅😅 I just bought this today. It definitely needs a little tlc but bought it for $140. Its a perception Napali 15ft. It'll be my perception expression 15ft sister soon enough. ... See MoreSee Less
Wow that is a big Kayak! Should be great on open water for sure, and lot of storage.
What's.. Totally jealous!
Great buy !! Nice kayak
Beat me to it! Definitely a great deal! I’d love to find another when I come down in May!
Good buy. I would of grabbed that if I saw it
16 hours ago
On Christmas Eve we watch Surfing Santas at Cocoa Beach then headed to Palm Bay to paddle Turkey Creek where we saw a few alligators. ... See MoreSee Less
18 hours ago
My hubby and I are thinking of putting in at Sims Park in Port Richey. Have any of you ever kayaked there? Or is there a different place near there that would be better? ... See MoreSee Less
I enjoy paddling at Simms Park. Iike the launch at James Grey preserve. It will take you to Simms Park and on out to the gulf. Simms park is probably about 3 miles away
3 days ago
Does anyone know where I can find 2 or 3 person kayaks?? What are some good brands as well? ... See MoreSee Less
Nucanoe frontier 12. Can have two seats and a cooler. Someone can sit on the cooler . I believe it holds 650lbs
Black Creek Outfitters in Jacksonville is where I got mine.
What kind of kayak are you looking for? I sell single and tandem Touring Kayaks down in Naples.
Wilderness systems 135T....Used wilderness systems pamlico
My vanhunks voyager has 3 molded seats. We put in two deluxe seats though.
Our Crescent Crew Tandem. We love it. youtu.be/b9goDM2aAVk
Maybe a canoe?
Take a look at Crescent Crew. Very stable and very light for a 2 man. And can be configured to be used solo to. At 13' it's not much longer than a hobie outback, so it's still very manageable by yourself. www.crescentkayaks.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/aqua-v2.png
Silent Sports Outfitters in Nokomis FL
We are picking up our Crescent Crew kayaks at Estero River Outfitters this weekend. So excited. Nice upgrade from our old ocean malibu 2 xl. Www.esteroriveroutfitters.com
We have a tandem SOT that has a third molded seat. Ours is a Stingray 13.5 from Native Watercraft. We’ve never used it as our daughter sits in front and paddles. The placement of the 3rd seat is right in front of the back seat so I don’t know how awkward that would be having a body right there.
We have a crescent splash 2 that we love - it seats 3. We have had two adults and two small kids in it and also did an adult with two teenagers. The only drawback for me is that is really heavy so I could never move it myself.
Many have mentioned the Crescent. I totally agree. My wife and I have a 13’ Crescent Crew tandem and we love it. Very stable and comfortable. Someone mentioned that the Crescent Crew could be handled by yourself. I disagree with that. Yes you can pull it around and paddle it by yourself with no problem. But it definitely takes two people to lift it off the ground. It weighs 79lbs. Due to the length, it’s an awkward 79lbs. I’m a fairly fit male and I can’t lift this off the ground by myself for more than a few seconds. But it’s the best yak I’ve ever owned and I can’t see myself ever having anything else.
Meant to attach this to my first response. Great place, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Located in Titusville. kayaksbybo.com/
Found mine off facebook market place.
Vanhunks 13 foot tandem Orca kayak. Can be converted from single to Tandem with room for a third small person. I had done a lot of research on kayaks before purchasing mine and it definitely gives you the most bang for the buck and it is also a very excellent kayak.
3 days ago
The Voyage of the Chick-a-Dees.
The Sixth Voyage of the Chick-a-Dees on the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail (FCT or CT)
April 6-9, 2021
The Moorings Marina in Carrabelle, FL to Ochklockonee River State Park
Most of the FCT is either on the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico or along the Intracoastal Waterway. But this one little section of about 35 miles is along the Carrabelle, Crooked and Ochlockonee rivers connecting the St George Sound with Ochlockonee Bay. We found the whole paddle very interesting since it is tidally influenced at both ends with salt marsh grasses yet in the middle there are upland hardwood and sandhill habitats. Best of all, after leaving the marina we only saw one boat (a fisher who offered us fresh perch) and 1 other person the whole trip! If you want to get away from it all, this is an excellent place to do it.
The Crooked River really lives up to it's name. It's about 35 miles to paddle from the Sound to the Bay but a straight line from start to finish is only around 15 miles. Most of the way we were within the Tate's Hell State Forest which hosts reservable campsites along several rivers - $10 per night for up to 8 people. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring, and grill. A few recreation areas have multiple campsites (and more amenities like vault toilets, trash cans and picnic pavilions) but the campsites are spread out and separated from each other around a day use area. There is no electricity or potable water - bring enough water for your whole trip. Tate's Hell State Forest is over 202,000 acres. The state of Florida acquired the property in 1994 to restore some of the natural freshwater drainage to Apalachicola Bay and to restore natural communities lost through the development of a pine monoculture by the timber industry.
I should also explain up front that while we could have easily done this section in 3 or even 2 days, we decided to do it in 4 days and 3 nights and just enjoy ourselves doing ½ day paddles. There are plenty of side creeks to explore along the way to fill the time and as it turned out, with the bad rain storms that went through Thursday afternoon and night and Friday afternoon, 1/2 days worked out well for us.
1. Get a small dry bag just for the tent fly so it's easy to pack up a wet tent without getting everything else wet. We've been using trash bags which do work, but you need to replace them each trip.
2. It helps to lay out your gear on the bank in the order & location in which it will be loaded. Doing so makes loading the kayak much faster, especially at landings where you can load only one boat at a time.
So, how are we doing on our attempt to paddle all the CT 1 week per month? 320 miles completed, 1195 miles to go! ... See MoreSee Less
Great story and photos, thanks!
I can't wait to see the next section.
This looks so fun!!! You are quite the adventurer!
Thanks for sharing..lovely.
2 days ago
Anybody know some good spots to kayak fish salt water preferably near georgia ... See MoreSee Less
Yankeetown Florida. West Coast River to the Gulf great kayak fishing. In fact there's a kayak fishing tournament next week called The Nature Coast challenge. They have a Facebook page it's a great kayak fishing event.
Check out Wakulla county.
2 days ago
ISO of used Eddyline ... See MoreSee Less
One on FB Marketplace in Gainesville. 18 ft touring yak.
Silent Sports Outfitters in Nokomis FL has a used 12 sandpiper
People hold on to their Eddylines so not many of them around for sale. When you see a used one it's generally sold before you can get a call through. Good luck.
1 day ago
Wow that was fun tonight!Where do I start with this one? At 5.30
pm I had no intentions of going for a paddle tonight. At 6.00pm, I was loaded and heading for the gulf.
No dinner, a little hungry, thinking I'd head up river for a short trip. Got to the put in at Yankeetown, looked out at the sunset and once again changed plans.
Figured I'd go lite. PFD, VHF and paddle and it was off into the sunset.
Bad idea but a Great Time!!! See the smooth water? See the little island out there at 1 o'clock. Beyond that little island everything changed! Headwind increased times 2, waves turned into 3 foot swells. First foot or two of the yak wasn't seen almost as much as it was visible punching through the waves.
Pushed through the incoming waves and headwind as long as I could with the time I knew I had then turned around knowing the trip back would be a short one.
On the way in I probably paddled half the way. Most was either setting myself up for a big wave or low bracing and surfing. Many times the nose of the yak was buried in rhe backside of the wave in front of me. My word what fun!
Arrived back on shore with a few gallons in the cockpit, a sugar low light and much adrenaline in the system. 2 packs of Pop Tarts never tasted so good. = )
Next time I'll arrive well fed, have my skirt, bilge pump, better attire, camera, maybe phone, a sandwich, some water etc.
Gotta do that again soon. What a hoot! ... See MoreSee Less
4 days ago
Exploring is life ... See MoreSee Less
North side of Lake Griffin, right?
Looks like the CR 42 bridge at Nelsons Fish Camp.
2 days ago
Good evening. Hubby scored us a site at silver springs. First time taking the kayaks out other than at Amelia Island. Anyone with insight? Must haves do’s brings? Ty! ... See MoreSee Less
Enjoy. It’s a beautiful place.
There's a pdf in the FILE section with about everything you need to know about paddling the Silver River. Maps, fees, put-in and take-out, monkeys, etc. You can find it here: www.facebook.com/groups/floridakayaker/permalink/1799483250209955 The only thing that has changed is that currently Silver River Kayak aka Discovery Tours is only doing rentals Friday thru Monday and only doing shuttles Saturday thru Monday.
The camp site isn't by the spring head. Its down the highway a few miles. The head spring is down stream. Wayside Park you take out your kayaks or you can put in and kayak up the run. A relaxing trip down steam with a lunch break takes about 3 hours.
If you have a good set of wheels for your yak you can launch from the campground and leave your boat locked up at the ramp
4 days ago
Finally finished my new roof rack.. ... See MoreSee Less
Ready for hail!
It’s ready for any hail storm also
Here you go Meagan Meador
Love it! 😂 my yak is so heavy that's what I'd need to roof top
If you are looking for a simple rack for your car at sometime look up Malone Versa Rail
That would protect it from some hail damage
Looks like a hail storm protection cover
That's Joseph's car as it matches his coat. 😉
Protect your car from the hail we got today
Such a versatile piece of equipment!
That antenna's not gonna make it.
That should score you some lower insurance rates
Amanda Grant Krystopher Salas Ramos those noodle prices!
Ginormous raft. Paddle anyone?
Good idea for Midwest hail storms if they would not blow off.
Or hail guard!
2 days ago
Hey everyone. I have questions. Is Anyone know about points destination start to end padding at peace river??? Is there shuttle pick up and drop off ? ... See MoreSee Less
You can go to the Peace River outpost the KOA They do shuttle
I live in wauchula and there is no KOA its thousand trails and u have to be a member I'm headed out to put in at cruze park and canoeing down to pioneer
Shark teeth hunting on the way
But there are many points. Check out bone valley ranch. I've heard good things. Also Arcadia camp ground at peace river is a good spot. We are always going down river and looking for people to meet up. Hit me up sometime!
Thanks for the info!
Heading tomorrow from Cruz park to pioneer at 11 if anyone wants to join
2 days ago
So I just purchased a kayak and I have a Toyota 4 Runner which has side rails, but no crossbars. Any recommendations on a roof rack ? ... See MoreSee Less
Pool noodles or they have a few crossbar attachments
Go to a Yakima dealer and they will set you up with towers and crossbars that would be very safe to hold your boat in place transported to and from kayaking
Thule and Yakima are tried and true brands, have been around for years.
If you go to the Thule, Yakima and Malone websites you can enter your year, make, and model and they will spit out which crossbar will work for your vehicle. You'll need cross bars of some sort to mount any carrier - even pool noodles. Also, be sure to check the manufacturer's load limit on your roof and side rails before loading any boat. I would suggest getting crossbars a little longer than your roof is wide so you can carry two. Even if you only have 1 boat, if you ever go out with a buddy or a group, being able to transport at least 2 during a self-shuttle wins you gold stars.
Go to Black Creek Outfitters in Jax. They will set you up.
3 days ago
A place that was new to all four of us kayak junkies of Central Florida. The beautiful Prairie Creek off Newnan's Lake near Gainesville. The creek is mostly shaded. we did an Outback paddle from the park 10 MI. Perfect weather yesterday. Turned around at the 234 Bridge. The only people really saw were back at the launch fishing. This is truly a Hidden Gem. Photos by stadler's paddlers ... See MoreSee Less
We very often go to Gainesville and I've wanted to paddle there. But where do you park??
Does anybody know what this is we found this at a great oak tree we were taking a break there and I believe it would be the Prairie Creek Conservation Area we didn't disturb it or open it we were scared to death
Beautiful!! Exactly what I love to see.
Great report, as usual. Thanks for sharing.
2 months ago
Which kayak will move faster (cut thru the water) with the same amount of effort. Wilderness Tsunami 140 or Old Town Castine 140? Your opinion? Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less
Tsunami gang! Love my 145.
Does anyone know if you can take out at alligator spring at the end of gum Slough
Hi Rich Starr. I happen to own both of these. I have a 125, 145 and a 175 Tsunami and a Castine 145. The Tsunami is faster is you splitting hairs, but not by much. You can't go wrong with either. The Castine holds alot of payload and is great for camping. I take it in open water often. It my go to in a storm. My Tsunami 175 has been everywhere and in the worst of storms. I like Tsunami 125 for any creeks, rivers and lakes. Handles tight turns. My Tsunami 145 is for big rivers and lakes its definitely an all day tourer. What are you looking to do? Let me know. Glenn
If speed is really important, you need a kayak longer than 14'.
tsunami 145.. the castine 145 i have is wide and slow.
6 days ago
If I made a group for kayakers who primarily go out on the weekdays would anybody be interested in that? I almost never go on the weekends. I'm a gig worker so most of the time my weekends are no go for anything but work. Between all the retired people we have in Florida and all the service industry workers I'm sure there would probably be some sort of interest for this.
EDIT: I made it
Florida Weekday Kayaking ... See MoreSee Less
Where do you live? That will help you connect with people who are near.
Meetup would work too. More localized. But I'm the same way. Rather go on weekdays. Retired, and weekends are too crowded.
We go on weekdays a lot too.
Weekday paddler here in the keys
I would be. I work in retail and have weekdays off frequently.
Looks like I have enough interest to start a page. I will let you guys know when I have it up and running
Most definitely. My schedule consists of working myany weekends. I’d love a group focused mainly on weekday events! An additional bonus is many Weekday events are less crowded
🙋🏼I work weekends and can only go out on weekdays.
I'd be down in the summertime and on school breaks. I'm a teacher
I never do weekends. Too many tourists.
Me too! I avoid weekend crowds.
I usually try to have Fun Friday!
Join and share with your friends!
Sure. I love going out during the week. Weekends are too crowded.
We would! Where do you like to go,?
I have a random schedule, be great to find stuff to do in those week days when everyone else I know is m-f
Definitely. I've been finding as much as I love people lately the rivers have been very crowded so to say on the weekends. I like to take my time & relax.
Gigs? Where? Stagehand and rigger here.
2 days ago
A fun day in econfine creek!
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Where did you put in and take out?
3 days ago
Had a great time paddling the Weekie Wachee yesterday with the Manatees. That's the way we roll on a Monday ... See MoreSee Less
Where do you put in?
I was there Monday as well. It was a great day for manatees.
3 days ago
Great times at Weeki Wachee ... See MoreSee Less
First outing as founding members of Florida Weekday Kayaking
Where did you guys launch?
5 days ago
Rainbow 🌈 River ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful..i spent weekend paddling silver springs and tubing Ichnutuknee! Loved it!!!
3 days ago
Where is the best spot on the west coast to collect sharks teeth? We will me in the ft Meyers area this weekend. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less
Venice Beach is largely renowned as the place to go
Watching posts to see list of places I won't be swimming 🤣
Go out about 200 yds. Visibility isn’t usually good. Try not to think about why so many sharks teeth are there
Definitely Caspersen Beach, each time we have gone with our sifters, we have brought home over 100 shark teeth
Probably not the best but enough to entertain our kids, but we've found on Englewood Beach and Boca Grande Beach. Beautiful places too!
Matt Brohawn Michael Whitcomb - I could be wrong, but I think the sharks teeth in places like peace river (which is freshwater) are prehistoric. The current at certain times of the year and the gators are the concern, not sharks.
We are headed to Caspersen this weekend. I don't see a way to kayak from the intracoastal out to the Gulf to access the beaches. Should I just launch my kayak into the Gulf and paddle south?
Nakomis, Gasparilla Island, Ft. DeSoto, Casperson Beach...just name a few...
My score today on the east coast
I hear Venice
Vince beach is shark teeth central. Even down into Englewood too.
Sharkys in Venice on down
Manasota Key is hands down the best in the area. Casperson Beach is a close 2nd
Nokomis beach we found these in about an hour walking two weeks ago 💗
They say the main shark Channel runs from the south end of Egmont key to Anna Maria Island
Venice beach, Caspersen beach is the best. Down the road from venice
I’ve had really good luck in the Alafia River. I just stay in the shallow clear water and I always have something pokey or shootey on me.
4 days ago
The stowaway 😺 ... See MoreSee Less
3 days ago
Went down the Weeki yesterday,a lot of manatee,beautiful day!! ... See MoreSee Less
Would you be willing to share details like you where launched, shuttle ? Where you park? and how long the paddle was, difficult to go upstream? Etc. we wanna do weenie so bad but are fairly new kayakers and can’t quite figure out all the logistics.
6 days ago
Anyone here ever kayak with a baby? Like 7mo? We have 2 kayaks and have been wanting to go but we have our son and not really sure what wed need for him (wet suit if they even make them that small lol, just a life vest, carrier to keep him attached to me ect). We've gone many times before we had him but now not so sure. Please no rude comments and we dont have family down here that can just watch him while we go. We used to take our dogs all the time if that helps any, so not afraid to have someone/something in the kayak with us lol. ... See MoreSee Less
Dont go kayaking with the baby anywhere there are gators.
Aside from all the other considerations, how long are you talking about? You don't want your son to associate kayaking with negativity, like a long car ride, trapped in a car seat and unable to move. I would try to take turns kayaking so that one of you can have him playing on the land or at water's edge. I would want him to associate kayaking with pleasant outdoors time, not trussed up in a life vest and a kangaroo in the heat. Just my thoughts.
A lot to think about there. I would paddle with my toddlers but very short time. Are you able to navigate the paddle with babe strapped including having a life vest on the baby? Personally I would not until my child had done the survival swimming at a minimum. I got stuck on rainbow river in a tube with my kids in a storm that came unexpectedly. They clung to me for 2 hours as we got pelted by the rain. We didn't go out for a long time after that.
It's alligator mating season right now.
I started taking my baby a few weeks after his first birthday. He’s been my kayaking buddy ever since then!!! He absolutely loves! We point out the birds, the fishy’s, and eventually the rocking puts him to sleep. That’s my son though, I’m sure not all babies would like it like that.
We started when my grandson was big enough for the puddle jumpers. So he was just a little older but he has loved it every time we have taken him since.
I have taken my grandchildren out. At that age and older . We are a paddling family . The younger ones just sit in front in lap of course with PFD . They always enjoyed it. Limited time out but just relaxing exposure. Calm waters , nice day . Paddling with kids is a great thing done on their terms .
Thank you everyone!!! It would only be for short amounts of time, especially the first time just to see how he even reacts. I havent tried paddling with the baby but used to do it with my 30lb. Dog in the kayak with me lol.
I've had my daughter on the water since she was 6 months old. Buy the best fitting life jacket for him you can and wear yours too. There is a lot of bulk to work around when you both have them on so try the set up at home before you head out. Maybe consider getting yourself the kind that auto inflate if you are going wear a carrier too.
I took my babies out as baby-babies. They loved the rocking. A PFD that fits, sun protection, and a little "nest" in the boat for them to be in- a thermarest pad underneath and a couple blankets for padding. Practice with them wearing the PFD while not in the boat to get used to it. Sit the baby in the boat not in the water first so you can find your balance and a system you all like. Happy paddling!
I'd wait until mating season is over...but I've been taking my guy out since he was a yr old. He loves it now and falls asleep whenever I paddle.
I’d look at a tandem, might be easier with you both in the same boat. Baby needs attention whoever is in front can deal with the baby while not having to worry about navigating the kayak at the same time.
We started taking our daughter out before she was six months old. She would relax and just look around at different colors. I would say as long as you are familiar with the kayaking spot, it’s a safe and manageable speed, not too hot, and you have a Coast Guard approved life fest that fits, you should be fine.
My daughter started kayaking very early. Just don’t put him in a car seat and strap him in. I have seen people do that and have seen a baby almost drown that way if it wasn’t for the officer that saved the baby he or she would be dead. Use a life jacket and make sure he has shade. Enjoy your time he will grow up loving the water.
Mom of three here. Also REALLY depends on the kid. My older two - no problem sitting at the end of the kayak starting around 1 1/2. Super calm conditions, we stayed in open water and paddled around. Gave them half paddles too. Loved to practice in the pool. My third - we may consider a tandem canoe ride when he’s five.
I would stick to easy paddles, the weather can turn so quickly. We started kayaking with our 3 year old, hes 11 now. He would sit in the middle of a double kayak. Bring lots of snacks to keep them occupied. Rivers that have some wildlife are easier to keep them distracted with birds and turtles. I would do shorter runs first and build up from there. They'll learn quickly and soon will be taking a paddle! Good luck!
I would be most worried about shade for cover
I'm wondering this myself, have a five month old. Probably will only take her for short tubes on the ichetucknee this summer, maybe try the paddleboard next summer. I am working on getting her to love her lifejacket, she loves floating in the tub with it. Keep in mind Type II infant PFDs are not designed for personal watercraft, not sure at what point/weight they can switch up to the correct PFD type. You also mentioned wetsuits, here's a link to one we got on Amazon. www.amazon.com/dp/B07RM75TZ2?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
A wet suit wouldn’t be helpful unless the baby is going to be in water basically the entire time. A wet suit fills with water and as you stay in it longer your body warms the water to keep you warm. After you get out of the water it’ll drain and be cold. Plus a wetsuit might interfere with a life jacket.
I the water maybe to rough for a baby
We started at just over a year old.
I kayaked with my two year old and he flipped us within the first 15 minutes. All was fine but it taught him real quick not to that again. He was well behaved the rest of the paddle lmao. It was a lot of fun though!
You leave the child with a babysitter. Until he has been drown proofed at the Y/
We started at 1yr and 2yrs. Since they are so close In age. And we started with and short paddle and play on weeki wachee. Clear water and current not that bad. I would suggest a few short paddles where he can play in the water to get him use to it to start so he associates it with a fun time. Ours love to kayak with us now even if they can’t get out and play
They have those bathing suits that have flotation device in them
3 days ago
Had a good time fighting the current and wind out at Huguenot last Saturday. Was definitely a struggle but a good workout. ... See MoreSee Less
We did eight miles that day, same thing!
2 days ago
we kayaked Econfina Creek last weekend. so beautiful!
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3 days ago
Is Don Pedro open to drive your car down to put in yet?
Thx!! ... See MoreSee Less
4 days ago
So i called the Canoe Outpost LMR this morning about launching from 579, and this is basically what i got, lol. Up almost 2' overnight, and probably actually higher upriver and still going up.
I might've done it if i wasn't gong out by myself. I went last year after a rain like this, and the Guage had gone up a few feet while i was out there, it was just 4-4.5 when i left and over 6 when i got in. It was fun, but challenging. Very swift current. Almost racing me into all the obstacles. It's already 5.5 this morning. I opted not to do it. Off to paddle somewhere else i guess, lol. ... See MoreSee Less
That river is like a chute with high water.
Chris, i like that, lol. It's like a slalom. I've done it twice, right after a rain when it was low before hand. Both times it was higher when i came back than when i went out, so i was nervous yesterday when it was already 5.5 at 7am.. Looks like I'd have been fine, it capped out around 5.8.
6 days ago
Spent the day at fort George Island. Low tide here is magical. ... See MoreSee Less
Caladesi Island. Has a low tide like this. We love it. This looks nice!
Where’s George Island?
5 days ago
I’m in central Florida in Palm Bay. I’ve gone to Crane Creek and Turkey Creek. I was wondering if anyone else knows some good kayaking spots near here. Even if it’s an hour or two away in any direction I can take sone drives. ... See MoreSee Less
Kayak Junkies of Central Florida is a Facebook group of people who live in the area. They post a lot of trips
Hillsborough River & Arbuckle Creek (My kayak buddy Keith Sant fav spot)
The econ is always lovely
There are multiple put in and take out points associated with the Wekiva River and the springs that lead into it along its journey to the St John's River
Ballard park is nice and local
Sebastain River Park is great, Fisherman's Landing on the weekdays otherwise it can get heavy boat traffic.
1000 Islands in Cocoa Beach. You can launch at Ramp Rd.
We just did Sebastian River from hwy 513 five miles in and 5 miles back. Beautiful scenery. We like at least a 8-10 mile paddle. Photos on Florida Kayak Community I think
Have you tried Blue Cypress Lake. It’s just west of Vero. Lots of nesting Osprey and gators.
Sorry I couldn’t reply to everyone. I’m making a list of all of these so I can go check them all out. I used to kayak up in the Smokey’s where you white water kayak and down here is completely different so I want to try sone places where I can find which places I like best.
Make sure his nails are trimmed and not sharp or put booties on his feet!
Honest Johns fish camp off A1A south of Mel beach and north of Sebastian. Get there when they open ( 7am) lots of dolphins. Manatees now that it has warmed up. And we saw an eagle last time we were there 😎
Grand canal. Goat creek off us 1 just south of malabar rd.
Mathers bridge. Put in at paddles and oars park.
4 days ago
Fun Saturday kayaking with family, friends and a ton of gators. ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful pictures! Impressive going over the waterfall! I think I would have taken the boardwalk :-)🤩🛶
Nice Pics. Did you guys made it to the 2nd dam? And did you paddle all the way back?
Awesome pics! Great wildlife viewing 😎
Looks like a great family day on the water!
6 days ago
I live in Key West. I'm driving to MIA on Sunday to buy a used kayak. I need to transport it on my Honda CRV (doesn't have roof racks yet.) Any place in KW/Lower Keys have options for roof racks/kayak carriers? Maybe something inflatable just to get it back until I can order roof rack parts? ... See MoreSee Less
Pool noodles work as a cheap option
Slice pool noodles in half and put bungee cords inside of them Wrap pool noodles around kayak. Put kayak on car. Use tie-downs to strap kayak to car. Use bungee or rope to tie front and back to car.
Paddle the Florida Keys, Scott Baste will take good care of you.
Do you have a yoga mat?
Pool noodles and cam straps
Same answer as some others ... cut a pool noodle into two pieces and lay them across the roof, put kayak on top of them. Then open your windows and wrap two ratchet straps over the kayak and through the open windows of the car. Works like a champ in a pinch.
I think fold it up comforter, cheap air mattress from the dollar store, etc
Pick up a foam block set at a Walmart or sporting goods store. www.walmart.com/ip/Rightline-Gear-Foam-Block-Kayak-Carrier-100K10/509215837?wmlspartner=wlpa&sele...
Bass pro in Marathon
Pool noodles and straps. A bed sheet and straps. Two towels...
Told not to use ratchet on kayak,..too much potential for damage but other tie down straps OK
I wouldn't even cut the noodles. They are cheap. Round is better than not round.. I have a CRV. I always put an old throw rug on the top of the back to protect. I see no way of getting a kayak up there without rubbing the top of the hatch. An old rug keeps the finish safe.
Sounds like a long ride for a used kayak. There must be a side trip involved.
A yoga matt and strapes
Buy straps and put them through the car then over top front and back windows
Rent a pickup. Easy peasy.
Thank you everyone for the pics, description and experience shared. I'm ready for my trip tomorrow: noodles, ratchet straps, bungees, bow/stern straps, old rug, and some foam blocks. Hopefully I'm ready for anything!
Buy some swim noodles they are cheap and lay six of them across your roof. Lay the kayak on top of the noodles. Roll down your windows enuff to run ratchet straps thru the windows and over the kayak and cinch it down. You should be good to go.
Or buy an inflatable pool floating mattress. Next!!!
Pool noodles and straps!
Put swim noodles on the roof of the car and strap it down
Please post if you got it home,
5 days ago
Does anyone have any ideas about whether I should be able to carry three kayaks on top of my Toyota 4 runner. I have racks for them I’ve done this in the past but I’m just wondering if it’s a very safe thing to do.￼ ... See MoreSee Less
It’s definitely possible. I have a 4runner also.
Depends on maximum weight load of your crossbars vs weight of kayaks. If kayak weight is too heavy for your bars and you need to carry 3 kayaks often you can consider a t-bar attached to trailer hitch to assume some of the load. Once I carried three kayaks on top, two side by side and one on top of the two sitting on foam blocks.
I use j rack for one yak and stack other two on a Malone set
My suv has a rooftop weight limit of 150 lbs. Yours probably has some sort of limit listed in the specs.
If the rack is Yakima or Thule, with all the weight going on the crossbars (and therefore the rain gutter area), you are probably okay.
Definitely check weight limits for car and crossbars. And you need to add the weight of any rack components to the weight of the kayaks.
And count weight of people in the car.
5 days ago
Looking for some primitve-ish or free camping spots along the Santa Fe, for a friend.
He has a jungle hammock. My wife and I kayak the Santa Fe regularly, however, we have never stopped for an overnight stay anywhere.
I know there are campgrounds along the route, but anywhere just to pitch for the night without paying or getting into trouble.
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Been wanting to kniwnthe same info mymyself I'm! I'm gonna paddle down it Monday with a local so he can show me where it's legal to camp!😏 I'll get back to you on Tuesday.😉
Other than the Ginnie Springs and the Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park campgrounds, the only place you can legally camp is on Suwannee River WMD property. Everything else is either private property or - like Rum Island County Park (including Jonathan aka Mermaid Spring), Poe Springs County Park and Ft White WEA - expressly forbids camping. There is a SRWMD tract that runs for about a mile on the south side of the river just before you get to the Gilchrist County Santa Fe River Park boat ramp. You can see a map of the tract here: www.mysuwanneeriver.com/DocumentCenter/View/10795/47-Bridge Further down the river, near the confluence with the Ichetucknee is another SRWMD tract called Santa Fe Oasis. You can view a map of that tract here: www.mysuwanneeriver.com/DocumentCenter/View/10733/Santa-Fe-Oasis Unfortunately, that tract is almost all swamp and there's really no place to camp unless the river is running really low. You can get a free permit to camp on SRWMD land by calling 386-362-1001. There is also a semi-primitive private "campground" on the river in the Ich area. I found it on HipCamp one time but I can't remember the name of it.
Check in with Anderson's Outdoor Adventures. 3525070059 . Option 7. They also provide shuttle service.
Contact Suwannee river water management district and ask for a permit to camp on the Santa Fe river. They will give you the locations of thier property.
Trey is correct. Led a three day trip on the river and got permit to camp two nights. One of their sites is directly across from where itchetucknee enters Santa Fe river
4 days ago
🌎We are challenging our local scouting groups, paddlers, walking clubs, and neighbors to Join us this Saturday as we celebrate Earth Day! We will be hosting a Clean up from 9am to 11am and Celebration 10am to 2pm at the St. Cloud Lakefront. If you are not able to join us at the lakefront, you can also participate at home and share your clean up and Earth Day photos with us on Facebook. 🌎 ... See MoreSee Less
5 days ago
Anyone ever try to kayak with your dog in an inflatable kayak￼? I just picked up this K2 Explorer in an auction and figured I’d give it a go￼. Any advice? ￼ ... See MoreSee Less
I’m blind and have a guide dog who is a lab. He loves it I just don’t take him to gator infested waters because he likes jumping in every now and again. So I’d just say maybe have a tie down for his collar so he can’t go far.
Make sure his nails are dull.
I have one. Its fine for short trips but no back support. & kinda weird to use with only 1 person. Also i take the fin off for springs & only use it for ocean. Keep away from oyster beds & sharp objects
I have one. It’s really my only option because I can’t transport anything else. It does fine for me. Even bought a single one after using the double.
I met a couple at the beach that had two single versions of this, and they had two little dogs with them that were having a blast and would walk all over the yaks without any apparent issues. I would recommend giving it a try on a beach shore where you can easily get back to land if needed.
Yes, we have put a 60 pound doodle in it and she was fine.
We have a Sea Eagle FT inflatable and paddle with a 55lb Pit Bull. Works fine.
Always carry the pump and a patch kit with you.
Yoga mat on the bottom. Works good
I have one and I use it with my 100lbs Rottweiler ☺️
4 days ago
Is there still a paddling group that goes out of Dinky Dock in Winter Park once a week? I'd like to hook up with them while I'm visiting Orlando. ... See MoreSee Less
7 days ago
That time of year to catch the Shellcrackers and Bream in Florida. Loads of fun with a minicast from my kayak. I keep them in a old kitty litter bucket with a snap lid so I don't attract the gators. ... See MoreSee Less
Mini cast? Can you post a link?
Yummy I hope you have grits to go with that😋
1 week ago
Silver springs or rainbow river?
I'll be coming from Tallahassee and wanna know which will more worth the trip.
I wanna see manatees and monkeys and all the wildlife. ... See MoreSee Less
Well, the Rainbow doesn't have either manatees or monkeys, so if that's what you want to (maybe) see then you'll have to go to the Silver.
Also will depend on when you're going. Rainbow has a ton of tubers on the weekends. Silver will have a lot of boat traffic. Rainbow has more nice areas (shallow) to stop and swim if interested. Silver has a stronger current
Silver Springs, it is just a all around nicer experience. There's more to see.
If you want to see wildlife, definitely Silver Springs, but I wouldn't take dogs.
No monkeys anywhere but Silver. Rainbow is great because you can get in the water to cool off. No swimming in Silver because of the giant alligators.
Guaranteed monkey viewing at Monkey Island on the Homosassa River.
Silver Springs. Launch early to avoid traffic.
Silver has the best assortment of wildlife of any river I’ve paddled in Florida, and it’s got the stunning clear water to boot.
I’m from Tallahassee too and I’ve been to both. While silver springs had more wildlife, it was a shorter paddle (distance to blue hole and back on wacissa) and not being able to swim or stop and look at the monkeys for too long was iffy to me. They have park rangers on kayaks who tell you to move along after a little bit, I watched them for 15-20 minutes and was told to move so others could see them when nobody was behind us. I enjoyed rainbow river a lot more because you could get out and swim, there’s more creeks to cut down and paddle/walk down because their shallow, plus i have yet to find anything like it close to Tallahassee.
Erika Lynn Pearson I live close to both, definitely silver. Waaaay more wildlife and no tubers to dodge!
Silver springs of you want wildlife period.
5 days ago
I am camping next weekend at Sebastian Inlet for my birthday. We won't have our boat ready in time I think. Would it be a good place to bring the kayaks? I would consider myself a beginner. My husband on the other hand has done more with his. ... See MoreSee Less
It may be a little too rough depending on the marine traffic, weather conditions, etc. I would suggest if you are a beginner take it to a more remote location. Have a Happy Birthday!
Stay away from the inlet. The current picks up very quickly especially an outgoing tide.
You probably can put in at Long Point Campground or Honest John. Both are North of the inlet.
There’s a couple sandy spots on the south side near the boat ramp and pavilions. I wouldn’t use the boat ramp. I’ll be camping at longpoint !
Ok good to know. I booked the site last year in May. I camped at Long point last mothers day but didnt bring them with us. May stick with fishing. Lol
Not a beginners kayaking spot. Plus make sure your tent screen is no-see-um proof. Very fine mesh. We nearly eaten alive last time we camped there.
Stay away from the inlet. One of the most dangerous inlets even for large craft. Stay close to north shore line in Indian river.
Long point is a nice camping area but I agree stay away from Sebastian Inlet as it is rough and dangerous even for experienced paddlers.
I paddle there all the time but I paddle south of the inlet (far south side of the camp ground) or north of the inlet. I paddle to the islands
2 weeks ago
Day 1, the start of a 5-night 6-day paddle down the Peace River in central Florida. We started at SR60 and the Peace River in Bartow Florida and paddled to Brownsville Park in Arcadia Florida. ... See MoreSee Less
Arcadia is my neck of the woods if I didn’t have to work I would join y’all
Did you have to book through Canoe outpost. Or just launch and claim camp sites as you came on them.
6 days ago
I'm taking my kids to rainbow river but I'm worried they will be at capacity can we just go to kp hole and get to rainbow like that? I'm confused help lol I never been ... See MoreSee Less