Marion, paddler extraordinaire, is co-hosting this paddle. General trip plan is to meet just before the sun as it rises (7:15/7:30am)on the beach side for sun rise. For those of you who aren't into sunrises and early dark, meet us at the dam at about 8a for launch. We will launch from Guana dam, kayaking south to where Guana River and Tolamato River meet and on to shell bluff.
We will be traveling south against the current in the morning on the Guana River. The moment we round the corner and head North on Tolamato River to Shell Bluff, we will be traveling with the current. Current near the dam is negligible increasing as you get closer to where the rivers intersect. Stopping at Shell Bluff for snacks/breakfast, we will get the tide's help when it changes for the return leg to Guana River entrance.
There is a picnic table at the 3 mile mark, then proceeding along the shore all the way to Shell bluff for picnic tables , making this an 11 mile round trip.
Nearly the entire shore of the Tolamato River is sandy beach with an intermediate picnic table that is high up on the shore adjacent to the trail. Stopping there gives you an 8 mile round trip.
Paddle from Dam to end of Guana River - 6mile round trip would be easy to moderate. The full 11 mile trip would be moderate to difficult (depending mostly on how well we time the tides and wind).
We can tailor the trip length and dynamics "on the fly" for changing weather condition, fatigue or to offer a larger group the ability to split into an easy and hard sub-groups.
Bring snacks/breakfast stuff, rain gear, and water. Bathing suit for Shell Bluff ?
No rentals available
Guana entry is $3.00 per car/cash advised
Don't miss the Environmental Center, close to dam, open 9 to 4pm, $2.oo entry fee. It is very cool, museum like environment, with shelves of shark's teeth, shells, mammals, telescope across marsh for eagle nest viewing., etc.,