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21 hours ago
Hey guys! I'm thinking about going to Silver Springs tomorrow. I plan on spending the night somewhere near by and go kayaking in the morning. Do I have to book online or make any type of reservations to launch the kayak? I'll bring my own kayak.
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And can I bring a small dog?
Get in line really early. They get packed fast. Call them make sure you dont need a reservation.
No reservations needed to launch your own. However if you want the shuttle call ahead to make sure they are running. Not sure if they allow dogs at launch site or not. There are a lot of gators so if they allow dogs make sure they stay on your boat.
20 hours ago
Found an amazing kayaking spot in Palm Coast!
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3 days ago
Ok guys I need help! What is the best way to transport this kayak in this Jeep!? Trying to help a friend figure this out. Mine go in the back of the truck so I’m not experienced with a Jeep. Thanks in advance! ... See MoreSee Less
Is it a soft top?
Unzip and put it in.....
If not using a trailer... A buddy of mine uses something like this on his Jeep. It makes a bit of wind noise when he drives but does work well for transporting his kayak. www.extremeterrain.com/barricade-roof-rack-black-jk-j100174.html?utm_content=XTExterior-RacksandS...
I have a 2 door soft top, I drop the top and put 2 yaks on top. 2 rachet straps over the roll bars and straps to the bumpers.
PROBLEM JKU AND KAYAK… Solution: Give both to Jennifer Parker… problem solved.. that’ll be $50
Take the tops off the front and run a strap through the scupper and around the roll bar. Works like a charm 👍. Looks like they got a soft top, just take it down and use the roll bars(secure bow and stern too obviously).
If the tailgate drops you can use a ladder rack. This one is completely adjustable, converts to mount on the roof, and no tools needed to assemble
Pool noodles under the boat. Cut the noodles to the correct size. Put two noodles on the ground. Put a rope thru hole of noodle. Bend the noodle around boat and tie the two ends of the rope together. ( you might need to make noodles shorted for this). One on front of boat and one near the back. Lift boat on Jeep. Tie both ends down and open back windows and put a rope thru windows and tie tight.
Smart. I bought a truck for my kayak as well so much easier. Anyway, this is a 4 door Jeep so why not just put kayak inside with bow up to front window and stern hanging out? Did this with my Honda Element.
I don’t know if it’s the best way, but it’s My way🏴☠️🏴☠️🏴☠️
I’m guessing they don’t want to buy a rack.
Is it too long to just shove it in the back window?
2 days ago
Love the shade and quiet of Hillsborough River. Had great looks at Barred owls, scarlet tanagers, Northern Parulas, and of course lots wading birds. ... See MoreSee Less
Looks beautiful!! Where did you launch?
2 days ago
Before anyone jumps down my throat, I did search for this topic first and found nothing that helped.
I'm headed to Wekiwa State Park this weekend and I'll be bringing my kayak. Question: is it terribly far to the launch site from the campground? Trying to plan if I need to bring a kayak wheel/carry thingy. Thanks!￼ ... See MoreSee Less
We have camped there but it was before we had kayaks. But I do remember we had to drive down to the spring from our campsite because it was pretty far. And I’m trying to remember but I believe from the parking lot down to the kayak launch was enough of a distance that I’d bring the wheels
I would just take it. it's better to have and not need it than need it and not have it.
Yes bring wheels. The launch is far from where you have to park and when you get out is practically all uphill back to the parking lot.🙄
Bring your cart.
Yes..very long trek.
It's a good trek! Bring da ting
Yes very far. Better to launch at wekiva island
Dawn Applegate Berner I live in that area, so here is the inside scoop on what most of us locals do. I recommend going to Wekiva Island and put in there - they open at 8am. The cost to launch is $10 on weekdays/$20 on weekends. You can back your car right up to the ramp and unload - super easy. Once you get in the water, paddle upstream 1 mile to the state park. You can pull your kayak up to the rock wall and tie off to the rope. Walk around, picnic, swim, enjoy. Once you are done, just float back to Wekiva Island. Also the concession hut at the island has pretty good food BTW. However, if you opt to go to the state park instead, be prepared for the madness. Go super super early to get in line to get in. If you actually get in, you will absolutely need wheels to transport your boat down to the launch. Good luck 😁!
You will need to drive from the campground to the end of the parking lot at the springs to unload your kayak and take it down to the river with your cart. Also, on weekends, be in line by 0700. Or you can go to Wekiva Island as Dave suggested, but be aware that they, as well as the state park, reach capacity by mid-morning on weekends. If you paddle from Wekiva Island to the park, there is a $2 fee to tie off your boat and go for a swim.
Thank you everyone 😊
It really says something about your group when people are afraid to ask questions or have to put a disclaimer about already looking it up in the topics session. Nobody should be afraid to ask questions
It is far. Far enough to drive it down to the launch site. I wouldn’t want to cart it that far.
Just camped there in May. You'll want to drive to the parking lot (and early since it is summer and will fill up fast). It is still quite a ways to the launch so you will want to bring your kayak cart too.
Isn't it sad you need to start your post with those words?
2 days ago
Sunrise kayak outing
Englewood, FL ... See MoreSee Less
I wish we still lived there.
1 month ago
This is probably wishful thinking but is there a river with a spring that might not be jam packed with people on Sunday? Hubby and I want to take our friends kayaking, but Sunday is the only day we’re all off together.
I was thinking of paddling up Withlacochee to citrus blue spring. ... See MoreSee Less
Just sent u a pm
You gotta go early early!
If you put in at spruce creek boat ramp you can go anytime, parking lot is small but there’s side roads we park down.
Suwannee River Otter Spring
Get there early to the Chaz. We did memorial days weekend and it was great. Just get there early.
I 2nd the “launch early at the Chaz”. Launch at the campground, and you’ll be ahead of and away from the crowds. Smallish parking lot, so it never gets TOO crowded, but the lot can be full by 8 or 9 leaving no other options to paddle there
What about manatee springs. I have a home up there as well and when I was there last there were not many people there. The kayaking area is a huge lake and plenty of room. There is a separate swimming area that may be busy, but for kayaking you should have your own space. Enjoy!
I don't recommend paddling on the Withlacoochee in that area on the weekends as there are a lot of airboats (for Citrus Blue)
Thanks everyone! We’re trying to convince our friends to try to take a day off during the week but if not I’ll let you know where we end up on Sunday.
4 days ago
Let's go kayaking using spray foam!! 🚣♂️🙌 ... See MoreSee Less
so.... what happens when the foam breaks off... and chunks of the foam go into the environment and animals think its food and eats it then dies because they ate something toxic... sure it's a cute exercise in creativity, but can't see this holding up over time and might make things worse
An interesting material to consider for yak repairs and to use if some have concerns about additional floatation. I highly doubt there’s a need to worry about flotillas of yaks being produced this way.
Cheaper to buy a new kayak at Walmart.
Spray the entire boat with Flex Seal
2 days ago
Found an amazing kayaking spot in Palm Coast! ... See MoreSee Less
6 days ago
ETA: I don’t care about gators and I won’t be responding to anyone who comments about me needing to be careful. I’m a full grown adult, aware of animals and the environment, and do not need unsolicited advice especially when it’s condescending or rude.
ETA: he’s a canine good citizen, always on leash unless swimming or off boarding to potty, I have him under voice control at all times when he’s off leash, he’s extremely well behaved, and is solely focused on his ball once we get somewhere he can be off leash. I used to train dogs and he is the product of years of training and reinforcement so he’s not a nuisance to wildlife or other people nearby.
Anyone have any recommendations for kayaking spots that are like Wacissa where I can let my pup out at a spring to play and potty mid trip? We love paddling wacissa but now that my boy is a senior (almost 11) getting out at big blue with the lack of a bank and the tree roots he had a hard time yesterday. He has been kayaking with me since he was 4 months old and loves it, so I’m looking for more accessible spots for him! ... See MoreSee Less
I'd be worried about gators. They can be in ANY body of water! This 5 ft. gator was in a puddle in the road after a rainstorm near my house, 1/2 mile from any permanent body of water.
It's a sad state of affairs that we have to put a little disclaimer when we post so people don't assume are idiots and bad dog owners. I hope someday we start giving each other more credit. Hi to your pup! Here is my kayak buddy!
My catahoula jumped out after a gator, and that gator was glad it got away. The downside is I yelled at her so bad she won’t jump out of the boat no matter what now. The fact that the poster has an 11 year old dog that’s been doing this it’s whole life tells you stats are on her side.
Sorry you have to justify taking your fur baby with you, don't mind those folks. Samson is always on the lookout for his next sandbar to run and play on. He's been at it since his final puppy shots and loves every minute of it. I don't know where you can take your baby down there but Samson just wanted to say Hi, one fellow yaker to another. ❤
I’ll try and answer the question Econfina Creek is dog friendly, paddle south of Hwy 20 and uturn into the Gainer springs area, shallow area great for pups. Spring creek in Mariana is shallow enough dogs can get out anywhere and has some banks for potty breaks. Holmes creek to cypress spring is a similar run to Wacissa/Big Blue
There are some places to get out at Seven Sisters and The Crack if you launch from Chassahowitzka campground. Of course always watch out for unfriendly wildlife 🤙
He is adorable
There is a group specific to kayaking with dogs that might be able to help you out some. Its an all over group, not exclusive to Florida.
He is so cute
There’s nothing quite like a well behaved dog. Except maybe a well behaved husband.😂Have fun with you pooch.
Along the Suwanne when at a reasonable level. The Suwannee has beaches and many springs along its way. Also, I have swam and kayaked on the Suwannee for years and never have I seen a gator. I know they are present but have never encountered one and don't concern myself with them. My dogs have swam there also.
Watch out lots of big gators on Suwannee river and dark water..
We always took our fur baby to the Chaz. Now we are trying to find places to take our 1 year old spaniel. He doesn’t stay in the yak and as I have no fear of the wildlife, gators have licked their lips looking at him 😂 seriously. He’s trouble
Gators would be my fear
Weeki wachee but launch from rodgers park, wekiva river, crystal river but they cant swim directly in the main spring. The santa fe is always great as well to spring hop, we usually launch from Ghilcrest they just have to stand on the board until your out of the OFFICAL park run but the santa fe is flooded out right now so give it a good month.
Some of y’all have never swam in dark water and it shows
Weekie wachee!! Took my doggo, but she was scared of the manatee 😅 and jumped out of the yak and swam for land😅🤣😂 Yes. I had a leash on her😊
I think Kings Landing allows dogs.
3 days ago
The Chaz - Heading up to the Crack at high tide. ... See MoreSee Less
Is "The Crack" Baird creek or Salt creek?
If I remember correctly it's the second creek on your left as you head up main river from the campground launch.
I once paddled all of the way into the Crack and had it completely to myself. It was an incredibly surreal and almost holy experience
6 days ago
If you haven’t considered kayaking in the Florida Keys, you’re missing out on some beautiful opportunities! ... See MoreSee Less
Looks great. Not a heck of a lot of shade though, eh?
Keith Lowe at least one trip when we are there.
Will be there soon!!! Give me all the great places to kayak please
Best spots to camp at Curry Hammock??
I camped at Bahia Honda a few weeks ago. It was so pretty!
That’s our next big trip. Hopefully in October
Kaylan 'Caplan' Brugh
We are here now!l
I love Curry Hammock!
Love curry hammock!
It’s on my bucket list
Yeah of course but it's a five-hour drive down there
3 days ago
Wednesday on the water... ... See MoreSee Less
Love that place...looks amazing
It’s gorgeous! I’ll be down that way next month and would love to spend some time there. Can you tell me where you launch?
6 days ago
What kind of aps do you use to plan trips , and the check the tides? ... See MoreSee Less
AyeTides (channel/cut current, ebb, flood), C-Map (charts and wind), My Lightning Tracker (scary stuff), Wunderground (weather radar, wind). Curious what all y’all use…
People do that?
Magic Seaweed for tides/surf
Windfinder has weather, waves, tides, and of course, wind. I double check with Weatherbug.
F W C app it all
Tides Near Me
I plan on a laptop and I also teach this stuff so I use the government sites tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/ This is an interactive site where you can plan far ahead.
apps.apple.com/us/app/windfinder-wind-weather-map/id336829635 Weather / Wind / Tide
Navionics for course. Tides for …well for tides.
Windy and Tides
Good tide app. tides near me
6 days ago
Just pick this up the other day to add to my regular kayak collection. It inflates quickly and gives me the ability now to drop in anywhere without having to deal with roof racks ... See MoreSee Less
I got an inflatable paddle board for just that freedom! I feel like I can go mess around for a couple hours without lugging a kayak.
How is it?
Good luck with that in a current and head winds - wear a life jacket at all times
What is the price range?
Congrats, enjoy and be safe.
Ha we just left the Dolphin resort yesterday
I love my inflatable
3 days ago
The Chaz Map - The Crack is at the end of Baird Creek. ... See MoreSee Less
5 days ago
Going to Kings Landing this weekend. I know most of you will think I’m crazy for being fearful of gators but I am. I prefer kayaking were there are higher traffic areas of kayaks or where fewer gators are seen. I was told to stay right at kings landing but from what I’ve read that’s only a 1 mile paddle which is pretty short to me. Tell me your experience with going “left” down the longer paddle. Thanks in advance!
Edit: I’ve lived in Florida for 43 years and I still fear gators! I know they are everywhere and are usually passive butttttt they still make me nervous!
Picture from a recent paddle at Rainbow River. ... See MoreSee Less
Left is all gators. And dark water. That right, up the stream one mile against current with all the stopping and swimming should be plenty.
I have paddled the Rock Springs Run since I was a small child and have never had any issues with gators. Anywhere you paddle in FL there are alligators even at Rainbow River. Enjoy your paddle on a beautiful run. <3
Left is lots and lots of gators, turtles, birds, and underwater logs to make it a challenging but beautiful and interesting paddle. If you choose to only go right, even though the emerald cut is only a mile, it's worth every minute. So so so beautiful.
The 1 mile there and back paddle is very short and very crowded. But you won't see any gators. I haven't paddled the other direction but I hear that it's beautiful and there are usually gators. While it isn't traveled nearly as often as the 1 mile trip, the gators won't give you any problems.
I have been to Kings Landing so many times! It’s my favorite place! If you go to the right, it’s emerald cut. It’s about a 1 mile paddle in shallow, sandy water. If you go to the left, it is an 8.5 mile paddle to the end at Wekiva Island (they offer a shuttle back to Kings Landing for an extra charge). You will go through several types of water… Some shallow sandy bottom, some deep murky, curvy trails through lillypads. Pack a lunch, pull over in the shallow areas and enjoy your lunch. There are always gators rather you see them or not wherever you go but typically they do not bother you if you do not bother them. This is a really great place and you will be glad you went there. 😁
Nice kayaks - what are they?
Maybe try Canada!
Turning right, up current is longer than 1mile, and a good workout at times! And beautiful and worth the trip
You aren’t crazy for your feelings about the gators. Generally speaking they won’t bother you if you don’t bother them. It’s good to have a healthy respect for them, but that doesn’t necessarily mean fear. Have fun with what you are comfortable with!
There are gators either way. Don’t be scared.
Left is the kayak trip we still talk about...with horror! Lol. All the people we met that had turned back should have warned us... Right is the beautiful emerald cut. Go that way. 😉 You could go down the left to the big sign that tells the rentals to turn around. It's not too bad.
I just saw a gator in the ditch in front of my house in North Florida. Gators gators everywhere.
Saw lots of gators. They saw us. And just acted like statues.
To the right is upstream and the mile paddle seems like 10 lmao but it’s very beautiful and plenty of places to stop and get out. To the left is down stream and a very nice enjoyable fun cruise down the river but we did see a lot of gators. Seeing gators in the natural habitat is always the coolest thing to me but they really are more scared of you but don’t let people talk shit about you being afraid fuck em gators can be scary
I love that paddle but I do not swim there. Lots of people do. I was born and raised here too and have a healthy respect for gators. A professor at Rollins college lost an arm there. You can Google it. Right at the under pass by kings landing. The gator stalked her and she would not listen to people warning her. A rare occurrence but lots of other places to swim. It is a beautiful water way though.
We're going there this weekend also. 😊
New to Florida and afraid of gators. After hours of research, I have come to the conclusion that people who have had unfortunate problems with gators are either fishing or have a small dogs with them. Other that that, if it’s not mating season you should be safe. Several people have recommended a flare gun or a Bowie style knife as back up . I could just see myself shooting a hole in the boat.
You have 1,000x more chance of being killed in a car accident that having an incident with a gator.
Not related, but love the look of those seats! Are they supportive? Where did you get them. Thanks!
There’s so many dang people there that I doubt you’ll see much nature. I kayak to see the wildlife so not my favorite spot. Your good to go.
I have kayaked among the gators. Find your Gator-Zen and groove on it.
I do not care for them either
To the right is The Emerald Cut. It takes you up to the bridge at the end of the Kelly Park run. When you head left, you will paddle 8 miles downstream winding through various environments. Along the way you find great places to swim and fish and plenty of wildlife. There are gators. It is Florida.
I've seen more gators to the left, I've seen none to the right.
You’re not alone.
3 days ago
Hello sorry for the question I just posted an cheap entry level kayak that I bough !! Where is a good area to practice kayaking around Orlando/Altamonte springs for this weekend? ... See MoreSee Less
Dinky dock. Winter park chain of lakes. By the college. Google it.
7 days ago
Could someone give me a few good places to kayak and see bioluminescence? Is there any where close to Sarasota? ... See MoreSee Less
I wouldn’t go out anywhere near Tampa bay right now the conditions are really bad with red tide but the bioluminescence isn’t that great on this coast anyway. HOWEVER, Cape Canaveral 🤙 it’s breathtaking. I’m not sure about this time of year but I went in September/October and the conditions were perfect
It can be seen in Safety Harbor.
Yes east coast is best. Haulover canal is amazing
Parrish Park was also amazing.
Check out the app…. Go Paddling, it’s free and gives you put ins with lots of useful info. It’s Free!!
2 weeks ago
St. Pete/Clearwater Area: I know this is a long shot but both my kayaks were stolen from N. St Pete. One was pretty new and not been out on the water yet so I’m pretty devastated. If you see anything feel free to message me! Perception Hi Life in purple/pink/blue and a Lifetime Tamarack in lime green missing the storage lid. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less
Keep checking the local buy sell pages. Facebook marketplace has had a lot of kayaks listed in recent weeks
I haven’t seen any that look like the top one for sure but I’ll keep an eye out.
How terrible. Be sure to check Facebook marketplace make sure no one is selling them
I’m sorry this happened to you. I hope you get them back. If not karma will get the thieves
So sorry this happened to you.
Shared in Sarasota
That REALLY stinks!!! I hope they are found!
It's posts like this that make me despise my own species... So sorry this happened. Check Marketplace and Craigslist through the entire state of Florida! It seems like kayaks would be such a cumbersome item to steal, but it happens a lot. We just had a guy who was caught last month stealing some. He put them on FB Marketplace immediately and the owners saw them. Keep searching.
2 of 3 of mine were stolen. 30 days a pawn shop held them. They posted on market place. That's how we got ours back. I keep my eyes open!!!
Shared clw beach & palm harbor - not cool 😞
The original purchaser of a kayak will get the certificate of origin that has the kayak vin number on it. If you have the receipts and certificate of origin then I would file a police report.
I mark all my outdoor stuff with a yellow paint marker. Usually just my first name and phone number. Lasts for years, and only cost $5. Comes in every color possible. Works both for theft deterrent and recovery. No thief wants to get caught and go to jail…..
Some humans suck!
So sorry that happened as soon as I got my kayak I picked up to 30 foot cables with locks that cannot be cut by bolt cutters and locked it up when it's outside I shared your post as well
Shared clw beach/ Palm harbor…that’s not cool at all!
Are you in the Indian rocks beach life page? Post in there since it's not too far from st. Pete - 15k people on the group.
3 days ago
Has anyone been to Cypress Spring lately - how’s the clarity? ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago
Awesome group paddle this morning at Merrit Mill pond, Marianna, Florida. ... See MoreSee Less
How long did y’all paddle? Looks like fun. I’ve been before and put in at the camp ground, but we just paddled around a little!
5 days ago
Any place like Indian key near Marathon and mangrove trails to paddle? Tia ... See MoreSee Less
www.facebook.com/728562737583562/posts/1271152226657941/Game on! Come by the booth and see the Apex Watercraft Tyr first hand here in Orlando Florida ! #icast is happening today ! ... See MoreSee Less
5 days ago
Anyone own an Elie Strait 120? This kayak is no longer made but I found a new one in a shop today (thinking it is from 2017 because it is the magenta one and I found some pics online from that year) I didn't spend a lot of time looking at it as I was in a hurry, so no clue why they still have it. Thoughts? They want $794 for it. ... See MoreSee Less
short and expensive for a used kayak, what is that $50 off what it retailed brand new?
I usta own 1 3 or 4 years ago. it's a fun, nimble little boat. I believe that there has been a recall due to being unsafe.
by the way the last 2 numbers of the HIN (hull id number) are the year that the kayak was made.
I have a Elie 14' that's older than that, but I think the price is pretty good. I really like mine.
5 days ago
So I have questions! I figure at this point I have two options…
I was going to build a kayak hoist, I actually had the pulleys, paracord, and brackets all worked out, but I’m concerned about the load bearing aspects of our garage ceiling, (there is a bedroom above and we rent). 🙄😳🤔
So I cannot store the kayak straight upright, it’s a little bit too tall. Leaning like this doesn’t bother me, I can DHook a strap to the wall and wrap around for security. (Like the red one pictured below).
The orange kayak is resting on foam at the bottom, (kneeling garden pad) and the nose is near where the wall meets the ceiling corner.
If I need to, I have an arm bracket I could hook 3/4 the way up so the yak is not leaning nose to end, (I was worried it might warp resting on those two points of contact, the way it is now).
The bracket 3/4 from the tail, towards the nose, (see pics) would pull the nose off the wall slightly and lesson the load bearing on the nose, distributing the weight more towards the tail and then the hull. I wonder if warping will still be an issue?
I can lower the two kayaks already on the wall horizontally and create enough space to bracket the orange one at the top horizontally above them on the wall near the ceiling.
Obviously option 2 is gonna be a bit more work. But whatever’s best. 😐
Once this is done, I can better organize all the other “stuff” in my garage, that includes building a DIY kayak cart! Whoo hoo! (I’m going to use the bicycle wheels for that if all goes well).
Anyone have thoughts or advice about which option is best to store the orange kayak?
Keep on keep’n on! #stoked 🤙 ... See MoreSee Less
Locate the ceiling joists, they are probably 16 inches apart. You can do this with a small nail. Once you have located two at the desired spacing for your eye bolts and pulleys, pre-drill and insert eye bolts.
Should you not inquire with the owner since your renting first? Good Luck! 🍀
I know this advice is a little too late, but you are the perfect candidate for inflatable kyacks as when deflated the take up next to no space. I have both hard side as well as inflatable. Both have their merits. Another option would be for you to get a rack for your garage and place your kyacks in the rack. Best part about this idea is that as a renter you will cause no damage needing to be repaired when you eventually move out.
What you really need to do is call your friend Bear and have him help you mount all three horizontal and then patch the holes for you……. I mean it’s already been four weeks since his stroke, he’ll be fine, I promise! 😉
If there is a bedroom above your garage then the joists supporting the room are more than adequate to support your yak. I have an attic space above my garage, 2x4 roof trusses I tie into and no issues, you’ll be supporting off much heavier joists.
2 months ago
I’ve only been kayaking in salt water because it makes me nervous in fresh water because of the alligators 🐊
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Don't walk out in front of a car if you don't want to get hit. Same thing with Gators. They want nothing to do with us unless we create the issue.
I mean, the sharks haven't bothered you so I doubt the gators will either. Everything has a risk but these guys don't really want anything to do with us (neither do the sharks).
Don't pet the water puppies! 🙂
I believe it’s mating season, so they may be more aggressive but generally they don’t bother you
Alligator are known to be in salt water also. I've kayaked fresh water as long as your not harming the gator they will swing away.
Seriously though, I am a native Floridian and have been in many waters where some times the gator is actually bigger than my 10 foot yak. The only issue I ever had was with a young (5 ft.) gator during mating season who took a liking to my yak with the gator face on it and followed me for about ten or 15 minutes.
Yea, don't be scared. Leave them alone and they will leave you alone. Give them their space same as any wild animal.
I'd be more nervous about sharks than alligators
I got into it a with a woman kayaking on the silver a few years ago. There was a gator sunning and the kayaker was near me and I am just minding my own business admiring the gator from afar. She corners this gator to get close and get some pics. The gator started hissing. And I get into it with her about harassing the wildlife and to please wait until I am safely out of the way while your being stupid.
Give them plenty of room, don't block their access to the water.
Gators are generally more afraid of you than you are of them. Just don't put them in a situation where they feel threatened, like any other animal, & they won't bother you.
Read up on how to coexist with wildlife
Stay out of the water.
I would be more afraid of humans than alligators! Just don't go near their babies!
Gators are like stray cats, don’t bother them they don’t bother you, I kayak fish in the glades they usually swim away or just lay there
Relax. They don’t want to eat you. Just keep your distance and don’t feed em
Pro tip. If its water in Florida, there is probably an alligator in it. Salt water included!
Don't fall out the boat
After you meet a saltwater Croc you'll be glad to paddle with freshwater gators !
Lot more stuff in salt water to concern yourself with
I kinda love this gators face. What a beauty. Just dont be obnoxious getting close, freaking out trying to take a pic.. just do your thing and they'll do theirs
I have had Gators go under my kayak swim near me. I just try to keep my cool and look for good exits if I need one.
They breath air, they’ve been known to end up in saltwater lol
We've seen them in salt water
Do not feed them. Maintain social distancing and wear a mask at all times.
1 week ago
Just bought this baby !!! My fist kayak !!! Bought used for 20$😂 ... See MoreSee Less
Bang for the buck is a fine thing! And when you get your first hard yak, you can tie this one to the back to hold the beer!
How $$$$$ and where?
It looks comfy!
Looks like a fun toy! Watch out for oyster beds in brackish water----they destroyed mine.
Are these durable? Like would it be a huge risk to take them out on the water if I’m a little afraid to fall in? 🤣 I love kayaking but I have no desire to be in the deep water lol
I have looked into these because I don’t have storage for a regular kayak. I live in apartments and just wanna be able to take a yak across the street to the beach.
Well is Coleman!! Is my first one! Just bought used to try if I will love this lol !! Soo I will see how good it is!! Maybe I will try at the beach today !!
Have fun and be safe! I rented an inflatable one once in PA - had a blast in it (a bit tougher to paddle than my Dagger, but fun!)
Now I want nachos and cheese thx
I hate to be a negative Nancy, but that's not a kayak, that's a float toy. That particular design is not very stable, and also it will pop if it gets snagged on anything. Don't take it anywhere that you wouldn't mind swimming back to shore.
Fun and get you started then if you Enjoy it you can always upgrade
If you don’t like this, don’t think you don’t like kayaking. This isn’t a kayak it’s just shaped like one. Doesn’t mean that you won’t have a good time and fun it just isn’t a kayak. However the coast guard regulations still apply which means you need to have a properly fitting life jacket for each person (doesn’t have to be worn but at least onboard) and a signaling device (whistle).
I had one of these years ago . So comfy lol Good for lake Pool lol
Have you tried out the seats? Does it have a rudder?
I will be the first to say, congratulations on your buy. Pay attention when out, make sure you have patches and a hand air pump, just in case. Mostly though, enjoy and have fun.
You're going to have so much fun in that thing!! It might possibly be the best 20 dollars you've ever spent.
Great find.‼️ I enjoy my inflatable kayak. I hope yours brings you bunches of fun!
Oh I am jealous. Awesome find.
Good start. Good price. Take a repair kit with you. Have fun
I have inflatable kayak, you should be okay if it’s double layered
Don’t forget a paddle!😉
1 week ago
My family is going to Grant-Valkaria, FL (like Palm Bay/Melbourne) and my son wants to kayak to someplace we can snorkel. Can anybody recommend somewhere in the area? I can't find anything on Google. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less
You can drive to the Sebastian Inlet and snorkel over there
5 days ago
Hi! I've been in the group for awhile but will be going on my first trip in Aug. at Wekiva. My main question is, what kind of camera should I get? I have no idea! I don't want to take a chance on my phone or good camera getting wet. Any other tips for a newbie would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!! ... See MoreSee Less
I use a Panasonic Lumix. Waterproof camera you can get at the big box stores. There are others on the market usually for around $100.
I use an Olympus TG-6. Waterproof, shockproof, takes great stills, decent video. Does NOT float, so attach to boat with a paddle or fishing leash.
6 days ago
So, not a kayak but I wasn't sure where else to ask. My mom is going to Sarasota for her birthday with my little brother who is bringing his small fishing boat. They're looking for rivers and cool places to explore in the area. I know the red tide is among us right now and not sure how it's affecting where they are staying at the beach but they'd like to take the boat out and go somewhere that they can swim. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less
Try Turtle Beach on Siesta Key. Good boat ramp and docks. Been there many times.
I have gone to fort desoto and went to shell key island also honey moon island
Current red tide sample map of our beaches here in Sarasota. Some people are saying it's not that bad and not bothered by it. I personally haven't been down to the beach in a few weeks so I cant say for sure. Boating... We have a few launches. 10th street is the main one in the city and gets quick access to the sandbar. It's pretty much in the main part of the bay and boat traffic is heavier. If they have a small fishing boat I would consider looking at turtle beach boat ramp. Smaller and you are in the intercoastal. Check it out on a map. It's a pretty boat ride regardless of where you start though. We like to ride from Sarasota South on the intercoastal down towards Venice.
Manatee right river will he your families best bet. 9,700 tons of dead fish have been collected between the Tampa bay counties. Unless your holding your breath, nothing will be doable north of Sarasota. I did paddle Pine Island to Cayo Costa Saturday, but that's more than an hour south
Yeah, I was hoping that they could just cancel their room and go somewhere else but they were unable to cancel. Thank you for the suggestions!
Away from Sarasota to the south, launch at Snook Haven restaurant and talk a boat ride on the Myakka river. Located at 5000 E Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34292 . Good food at the restaurant. No Red Tide there...
5 days ago
I just made a hipcamp site for our Springs in the forest getaway for kayakers.. Check it out, or my main Facebook site has tons of pictures. Can rent the kayaks to you and do pick ups and drop ins-
www.hipcamp.com/en-US/u/staceyb1b9e2d ... See MoreSee Less
5 days ago
A little info about the Shell Mound area in North West Central Florida. Great place to kayak and fish. ... See MoreSee Less
7 days ago
Is there anywhere to launch your kayak other than weeki wachee state park? ... See MoreSee Less
Off 44 east just over bridge on south side. Goes all the way to damn n you can keep on going from there.lots of places to enter your kayak. In that area.
Weeki Wachee Marina hands down
I park at Baypoint Park and paddle up the estuary to the river. Super nice paddle.
Roger's Park and paddle up the Weeki Wachee. It is just west of Hospital Hole so it is a little brackish until you get past the houses. Then blue waters from there.
1 week ago
In SOUTHWEST Florida, has anybody had experiences with bioluminescence, and where?
I'm in Nokomis, but anywhere between Fort Myers and Tampa is fine... ... See MoreSee Less
I've see it twice down here, once was on Cayo Costa and once was in Matlacha Pass...it was super wispy and hard to spot but it was definitely there
If you really want a nice bright wide spread glow you need to go to the East coast. It’s just a short drive.
6 days ago
Selling my kayak in Ft Myers. ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago
I come to this forum with questions anytime I’m paddling a new place. And every time, I get great advice that makes my visit better (in this case, Juniper Run). Thanks, y’all! ... See MoreSee Less
Where can I rent kayaks near Venice or Englewood?
Is there a good place to kayak away from the red tide near Venice or Englewood?
I was thinking Cayo Costa on Saturday. Never been and there appears to be no res tide
How do the folding kayaks do? We were looking at them, any complaints?
Love this run
Melanie Elizabeth Adams it must be higher usually than when we went this weekend.
Are they doing the van shuttle again?
6 days ago
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Vickie Carolan Fagan
Only in America do you have to remind yourself your in America by putting a flag everywhere lol, how else will we know you you are from America?? Only way to show you love America is to wear or hang a flag?? If I don't does that mean I hate America? Asking for a friend of course 😂
Gorgeous pic! ❤️🤍💙
Beautiful reflection shot!
Doesn’t belong there or here. Nature there/here, not politics, please.
Beautiful, id love to come around a bend and see Ol Glory! On every stream! God bless America!
Some of you anti American 🇺🇸 people think too much. The fog represents america just as any flag. The land and waters are here. Get past your personal feelings about your issue with the flag, stop the damn politics and enjoy the information and photos that fellow kayakers share and take the rest of your BS out of here. I think I would have taken the same shot as I love my country and it’s nature. It’s some of the people that make the country look ridiculous
That’s pretty cool. I can only hope that it’s an American made flag and that once it starts wearing out, someone will take it down. I’m amazed at not only the number of Chinese made flags flying in this country but by all the worn out, tattered and torn flags flying.
Beautiful...love the reflection 🇺🇸
I’m pretty sure that’s called pride, not forgetfulness.
Take only pictures, leave only footprints apparently doesn’t apply if it’s a flag? 🧐
God bless her always and forever.
1 week ago
Good morning. My family and I are in st pete this weekend. We brought our kayaks. So far the red tide has knocked out the spots around here. We ate hoping to hit the Chaz or weeki on our way back to the east coast tomorrow. Are the springs still browned out this weekend? Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less
No red tide in Chas or Weeki Wachee
We were at the Chaz yesterday and springs were clear!
Springs are fine. Just gotta avoid the intercostal and beach. It’s rough here right now 😞 I miss the beach
Rainbow river is clear
Cool we hit the chaz on the way into town this afternoon. To many inconsiderate motor boats. I guess the last time we went on a week day and enjoyed our visit. Is it possible to paddle somewhere on the weeki after we go to the state park to play? The park Reservations are sold out. I will also inquire when we get there to swim 🤞 thanks for all the info.
Anclote barrier islands clear down to Dunedin — as of last Saturday
1 week ago
Whoa! This is a great kayaking spot. Next time we rent this houseboat in Marco Island, we're definitely bringing a kayak. It's parked just inside the Ten Thousand Islands Preserve, with lots of dolphins, manatees, and blue-green waters. If you go, let us know how the kayaking is! ... See MoreSee Less
The kayaking there is excellent! We met the owner of that boat one of the days we were out, just waiting for some cooler weather to rent it. I’ve never seen as many dolphins as I have launching out of Goodland
R.s. Fink omg yes
1 week ago
Hi, I'm looking for information on the Withlacoochee South. I've paddled from Turner Camp Boat Ramp to Hwy 200 and I know that Citrus Blue Spring is on this section. Looking at the paddling trail map it looks like there is another Spring upstream of Hwy 44. Is this right? If I paddle that section is there a Spring that can be visited/paddled to? Thanks for any info you can share! ... See MoreSee Less
You might be talking about Gum Slough. You launch at Turner Camp (581) and paddle north (downriver) about half a mile and turn right up Gum Slough. Beautiful springs at the top but beware this is a 12 mile round trip and it is private property around the springs.
1 week ago
For those interested in maybe Kayaking Cedar Keys Florida. ... See MoreSee Less
Not too far fromm me! Bout 40 minutes from my house...When are you going ?
Thanks for sharing!
My husband and I just paddled your first path it was great we spent the morning walking the island visiting the cemetery and just being in nature. Making plans to go back to paddle around the back side of the island.
We did this paddle then the winds picked up for the way back. It was quite the challenging paddle in my non tracking 10’ Lifetime Angler. I told me husband just leave my lol. Thought I’d never make it back.
Love Cedar Key Great paddle for sure. Please note there are enough people eating mosquitoes on that island to carry you away.
This quality content! More posts like this please 😀 Definitely want to get up there.
Chris Wagoner You should format this post as a pdf and add it to the forum's Files section. That way anyone can access at any time. If you can't figure out how to do that, I'll be happy to do it for you since I'm sidelined for the summer with shoulder surgery.
Thank you I’m going to try it out next time I’m up that way
I need to do this trip! I am about 2 1/2 hours away.
Jessie Lynn Flood 💜💜💜
Teri Maynard this is something we could easily do!
Thank you for sharing!!!
Thanks for the info.😏 I'm actually headed there this weekend.😉
Anyone know anything about the bird project/rookery/ nesting on the old dock?
7 days ago
With all the flooding, where is the best place(s) to launch & take out near Hart Springs on the Suwannee River in Gilchrist County? I heard some of the roads going to the boat ramps are flooded. ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago
Is the VIP parking for KP Hole ONLY for tubers or can I utilize the parking for my private KAYAK to launch? I don’t want to drive over 2 HRS to get turned away !! Thank you!!! ... See MoreSee Less
If you are going on a weekend go early like before or around 7 AM. Weekdays they do not hit capacity. If you want to reserve VIP parking spot for the weekends you have to call them. Or you can show up at blue run park of dunnellon and put in there for free. Paddle up river and turn around and paddle back. If you can’t get on the river give these guys a call they run a shuttle service. Rainbow River Canoe and Kayak
If you go to Blue Run across from swampys it's free parking with an extra overflow parking a short walk away.. no cooler checks and a easy paddle upstream and a very nice float back...
Thanks guys!! I’m not concerned w cost at this point—- I just desperately want to secure a parking spot to reduce anxiety!! Can i use VIP PARKING at Kp for private kayak?? Like is it allowed and close enough?
Well the answer is YES! I called except—- in the 10 minutes it took for me to post & call —- the 2 available spots were gone!!!!!!! I’m upset — I wish I would have booked it and and found answer after 😭
You definitely can. We brought our own kayaks and parked in VIP about a month ago.
ANOTHER ONE OPENED UP!! And I snagged it!!!! Thanks guys!!!! I kept checking the website JUUUSSTTT IN CASE!! Yay! 🛶
1 week ago
Thank you for the information- we are new to all of this. We are actually going to wait until fall or winter after talking about it and seeing these comments. Any suggestions for St. Augustine or in an hour radius of St. Augustine?
First time going to Silver Springs tomorrow- bringing my 7 year old in my kayak with me. Any tips or suggestions from those that have been? Can we snorkel there as well? ... See MoreSee Less
You can not get out of the kayak
No swimming, snorkeling, or diving. It's an awesome area. The glass bottomed boats are a good option, or there are kayak rentals and tours available.
No swimming , take it serious !!! There are alot of large alligators there . No joke !!
I hope yall see the monkeys! No swimmimg!!
Let the 7yr old use the mask while you paddle. Closest to snorkeling you'll get at Silver Springs.
Once you see the size of the gators there you won’t want to snorkel. But the water is crystal clear and you’ll both be amazed at how much you can see under the water as you paddle/float downstream.
I've heard the comments about the big Gators but other than that they actually have rules that you can't swim? I would just assume die by a gator as I like to swim.
Just enjoy it without swimming or snorkeling it is one of the most beautiful natural full of animals and critters paddle you will paddle.
If you paddle downstream you can swim past a certain distance away from the headwaters of the spring. It’s not even that far. However I would t recommend letting a 7 year old snorkel just based on the fact that they are snack sized. Gators mostly fear adults but a smaller kid they might see differently
Thank you everyone 😊 I didn’t know about the swimming. I am terrified of gators so I have no problem staying in my boat.
As others have said, you can swim past a certain point, I wouldn’t though. There’s a few spots I’ve stopped & would dip in just to cool off, but I wouldn’t be comfortable snorkeling this one 🤣
For both of you to wear your life jackets and sunscreen.
YOU JUST CAN KAYAK.
Are you going to do the entire run? It's 5 miles with the current. There is a place to take a break about halfway. They are running the shuttle now but double check that. Silver is my favorite place to kayak!
Pee before you get in the kayak bc you aren't allowed to get out for the entire 2 hours. At one point when I was about to break the rules bc I was dying!!! Lol! As I eyed the spot I was getting out a gator came swimming by like I was on his way to work, and even though he had no time to stop, ha, I decided it wasn't my environment, it was his and I should stay put in my boat. Also be prepared to wait in a long line to pay to launch and then again to launch. And when it's your turn, be ready!!! I'm used to kayaking and paddleboarding at my own speed under my own terms (except for the terms of my natural environment that I respect) so the assembly line of so many people and processes was startling to me. Kind of wish someone would have given me a heads up so I could have given myself an attitude adjustment. (You might suspect that I avoid theme parks ha)
It got so bad, it will be years before I go back to Silver Springs.. good luck
Sure glad I seen this, guess I will wait for another time.😊
We are actually going to wait until fall or winter after talking about it and seeing these comments. Any suggestions for St. Augustine or in an hour radius of St. Augustine?
Winter is a great time to kayak Silver Springs. Especially if the manatee are near the head spring. Go as much as you can. The river is just amazing. One day you’ll see lots of monkeys. Another day you won’t spot one of them.
Don’t get I. The water!
7 days ago
Putting together a river cleanup. I've picked up trash along it's banks many times, but never on a yak. Any tips for the right equipment, or is it just grab a bag, a picker, and head out?Water levels are rising. The Econ goes from less than a foot in some places over winter to upwards of 20 feet deep during the rainy months. At this pace we'll be kayaking through the trees 😆.
We'll be putting together a kayak river cleanup very soon if anyone would like to join. Most of y'all know we adopted the Econ, so we have to fulfill a certain amount of volunteer hours.
#econriver #seminolecounty #pureflorida #lovefl #floridaoutdoors #volunteer #adoptariver #floridaexplored #adventure #riverlife #kayaking #kayak #paddle #anhinga #gettfoutside #anhingaoutdoors ... See MoreSee Less
We carry a grabber and a scoop sifter plus trash bags. Be sure to have a knife to cut fishing string from branches too
So we just did a clean up of the Miami Little River on kayaks….. this lady (obviously it wasn’t her first rodeo)…. Had tethered to her kayak what looked like a styrofoam cooler, she put her trash there so the collected trash was not in her way when reaching for trash. Apparently she has a Facebook page dedicated to her cleanups. Page is called Little River Report
That’s what we do! We take a garbage bag and clean up as we go! Tons to clean up!! Play with the Mangrove Crabs too!! 🤣
I've brought a butterfly net with me before to help collect stuff that was a little out of reach. But any type of net with a handle works...
Those big laundry bags that have mesh like holes would work great. You can get them at dollar tree. They'll help with drainage if the garbage is in the water
THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS!!!
Too far away for me! Please post if you're going to clean any rivers on the gulf coast, within a couple of hours of Clearwater/Dunedin
Thanks for all the tips guys. I'll read through here in a few minutes.
We carrier grab poles, gloves, knife, nets and trash bags and average 50lbs of trash every time we go out…treasure hunters
7 days ago
Any good places to kayak in Stuart? Looking for a new spot today ... See MoreSee Less
Check GoPaddling app. This launch had some comments on wildlife viewing. Might be cool.
1 week ago
How are y'all taking your amazing pictures? I bought a budget-friendly (at like $70 bucks) action camera that I can clip to the boat, that came with a waterproof case.
I have used it 2x now, and am not pleased with it at all. 1st time out, it took amazing pictures, but really crappy videos as it brought in too much light, and everything was washed out in white. Just took it out today, and SOMEHOW I lost the audio recording, AND it turned b&w all on its own. I don't know how to turn it back 😳.
I don't want to rely on taking pictures using my phone, because it's not water-resistant, and has to be in a phone pouch, which doesn't always allow for good quality pictures and videos.
I really want to be able to take pictures and videos while out on the water. But it's like everything is against me on this. Sends halps ... See MoreSee Less
I have a water proof fugi camera. It takes awesome pics in all conditions and has an underwater function.
I have a waterproof case for my phone that works great. Takes good videos and photos. Also have a GoPro that I use mounted on my kayak or on a mount that I can carry.
I have a DJI Osmo action camera. It’s basically a GoPro knock-off, and about half the price. Waterproof to 30’ without any case. I got an underwater case anyway, but I have used it without if I happen across a dolphin or something. The only downside to the underwater case is that it doesn’t let any of the heat dissipate. Like any action camera, it tends to get a little bit warm. It’s worth checking out on Amazon.
I have my phone in a waterproof case and keep it in a floating dry box. Only take it out for pictures
I keep all my pictures in my head
I have an Olympus tough which I love.
We use a go pro. Totally water worthy and awesome video.
I use my phone
You’re experiencing an overexposed picture. There may be an “automatic” mode that will fix that problem, or you can just set your camera up like this. Set it to record the resolution that you prefer. Most record in 1080p at 24 or 30 frames per second (fps). That setting is easy. The next setting is based off of this one, so it too is pretty easy. Shutter speed should be twice the FPS number. If you chose 24 FPS, choose 1/50th. If you chose 30 FPS, choose 1/60 shutter speed. Now for the third option.. ISO. You should have an AUTO ISO option. If you still have very bright video or images, I suggest getting a neutral density filter for your lens. They are relatively inexpensive and reduce the amount of light coming into your camera. I ALWAYS shoot with an ND filter as it allows me to use the lowest ISO possible. Hope this helps.
1 week ago
My first solo paddle today! ... See MoreSee Less
Where is this. It’s so peaceful looking
Consider wearing your PFD when paddling alone. Ya never know.
Looks peaceful but I can’t help but notice you’re not wearing a pfd. I’d wear it because you never know. Shit happens and it looks like too beautiful of a day to die. Lol. But seriously.
Personal flotation device. It’s required by the CG thst you have one on board with yiu
I hope you had a great time. I paddled today in the mangroves of the Thousand Islands in the Banana River. It was fantastic.
I am ready
I am ready to learn how to kayak
My group is Kayaking Florida 420 😁friendly. A good friends group is Kayak Junkies Of Central Florida. We have lots of great members. Check out the groups we have a lot of group outings
7 days ago
Guy Kayaking Across The Ocean Meets A Stray Dog ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago
A good Flats area to kayak and fish! Just watch the tides! ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago
I use the PubSafe mobile app when on the water to share my location and get help or to help someone else. What do you use?
Everyone should use something in case of an emergency. Sharing your last known location can save your life. ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago
Newbie here… I’m only 10 miles from the Florida line- close to Monticello and Tallahassee…. Where should I go for my maiden voyage? We camp too!! ... See MoreSee Less
Wacissa, if you are just looking for a quick trip paddle from the head waters down to Big Blue and back, if you want a full blown adventure paddle from headwaters to Goose Pasture, camp, then do slave canal to the aucilla in the morning. Plan on Aucilla and North Withlacoochee for your next 2 trips. You are in a great area for paddling
Check out Wakulla springs
Ecofina Creek in Youngstown Florida
Suwannee is amazing
We are actually paddling the Chiploa River which is about an hour or so west of Tallahassee near Marianna. We will be meeting at the put in at 9:00am tomorrow (07/17), once everyone is unloaded we will take the vehicles to the take out spot and pile ina vehicle back to the put in. 🙂 You are more than welcome to join us, we will be coming from Pensacola which is about a 2 hour drive. Here is the put in: goo.gl/maps/nJYTHE5hxExvJ7Ms5 You are welcome to message me if you have any questions/
Welcome to Florida and our beautiful waters!😊 I live just west of Tallahasse and I have about 10 friends with yaks and we go every chance we can but with different schedules, it's just not often enough...for me😉. I am free pretty much anytime right now and would be happy to meet up so we can shuttle together and paddle with you anytime. There are still alot of places I haven't paddled yet but im also down to paddle my favorites too.😎
Suwannee and Withlacoochee for sure.
1 week ago
Not kayaking but saw this on my walk at Egans Creek Greenway this afternoon. Apparently in Florida, sometimes you just have to go around the gator 🐊 ... See MoreSee Less
This big girl is why the sign and trail are there. I took this photo last year. She loves to sunbathe in this particular spot
Nah that's the sign for gators so they can get to their swimming hole faster
There’s a momma gator who likes to come up and lay on the path blocking it to passerby’s! With the new “path” you can walk around and they don’t have to close the path to visitors!
2 weeks ago
This was posted on one of the spring hunters page, I remember hearing someone say they lost their phone sunday on the rainbow while I was paddling by, not sure if anyone recognizes these people but if you call the phone the finder will find you. I'm not the finder so no messages please. If it's yours give it a call. ... See MoreSee Less
Think I saw her also if not a different woman on rainbow on Sunday ,,,NOT HAPPY!!!
1 week ago
Probably my favorite spot in St. Augustine. ... See MoreSee Less
I love that area! The tides are crazy. I have a spot on the island too 😎
1 week ago
My first trip out in my yak! Went to the Matanzas in st Aug. Even had a pup visit me while on the sandbar, his family lives on the river/sandbar. ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago
Put in at the park at Snook Haven (Myakka River) was closed Friday. I guess P & R decided it was too high to launch. We walked down & the H2O was really moving, would of been a rough round trip!! Blind Pass worked out just fine! 🤣🤣🐊🐊 ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago
Can anyone tell me for a fact how far it is to paddle downstream from Rogers Park going up underneath the bridge there and heading out to the gulf how long does it take? how many miles is it? I heard there's some pretty cool Islands out there ... See MoreSee Less
I would say it's about three miles. I usually go the other direction and it takes me about forty minutes.
It's about 2 miles from Rogers Park to Bayport Park then head north about a mile to the first islands. You can also go south, but I prefer north.
Another option that is a bit shorter/easier is to put in at the Bayport kayak launch and paddle north from there towards Pine Island or you can go south and follow the trail back to Linda Pederson park. Of course you could also put in at the park and follow the trail to the gulf and then north to Bayport and Pine Island. Especially an option if parking at Rogers is full.
1 week ago
Help! I’m going nuts trying to get out on the water and not get stuck in a lightening storm. I have weather bug and noaa, but I am not having great luck. I live near LOxahatchee but Also drop in on the in coastal. The weather by the beach is different.
I was on the Everglades by parklands and the lightening was terrifying I don’t mind rain, but when the storms come up so quickly and you are in a fishing kayak, it gets scary. Getting attacked by a vulture didn’t help.
What are your best tips for safety without giving up paddling for the rainy season.
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Don’t paddle in the summer after noon or maybe 2.
Paddle at riverbend park, the forest offers some protection from lightning
Start early. You can get a lot a paddling in before noon
Keep an eye on the radar not the forcast
I usually watch radar on weather.com - they let you see weather for 5 hours so you can decide where to paddle and when.
Yeah you don't wanna get stuck out there in a lightening storm. Nothing bothers me but lightening
Pay attention to your senses... if a sudden breeze rolls in a storm might be building and headed your way. If you're fishing the mangrove shoreline on the intracoastal and you can't escape the storm... take cover as far in the mangroves as you can in an area of similar height. That's a safer option than trying to beat lightning. I sometimes will pick a couple spots I could escape to (bridges, mangroves, docks, etc) just in case and fish nearby as a backup plan/last resort. Fish earlier like everyone else suggested. Hope that helps a bit. Stay safe!
Just send it. Statistics are in your favor, you aren’t getting zapped. Just go paddle and beach yourself when it hits. Pack a small tarp so you can throw up a quick shelter… or enjoy the rain 🌧 🤙🏻
I’m just here to find out the story behind the vulture attack 🤔🤔🤔
I use rain radar app because it pin points where you are and where the storms are. Tells you how far its away from you and direction storm is headed.
Ironic that your last name means the brave woman. 😁
The serious stuff is usually afternoon.
Go early and be off the water 2 hours before they predict the rain will start.
$20-30 NOAA weather radio with alerts.
AccuWeather app has a new 4 hour window that has been pretty spot on for last couple of weeks to our precise location.
Klystron9 is good
Lightening Alarm app, but I also check the Buoycast as well. We almost got zapped last year and it was terrifying. Not making that mistake again. If there’s any hint of a storm I just don’t go.
We always sneak out early in the summer, we save our long trips for Winter Adventures! Stay safe!!!
1 week ago
Can anyone tell me a good drop off launch at crystal river ... See MoreSee Less
We went to Hunters Springs Park today and launched from there
1 week ago
Hey my daughter and I want to go paddle boarding together on a spring near st.pete, any suggestions? Light to medium paddle. ... See MoreSee Less
Head north on the Suncoast to Chassahowitzka. Launch at the campground and get a map from the office.
No close springs near st Pete
Weeki Wachee is the closest but it’s booked weeks in advance unless you launch at Rogers park and paddle upstream