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Paddle Guana River/Tolamato River to Shell Bluff

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.,

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  • Pat K.

    What a beautiful trip, for anyone who has not experienced this area, I would certainly try it and hiking there in the winter is great too.
    Great seeing everyone today

    October 19, 2013

  • Marion E.

    I can bring a tandem Karen

    October 18, 2013

  • Pat K.

    Karen wants to join us, but may need a kayak. Has any one got an extra kayak to share?

    October 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I am going to have to cancel on Saturday:(. Hope you enjoy the day, be safe and catch you next time!!

    October 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi ladies, I've decided to switch to the excursion going off from Silver Springs on this same day. I really prefer the quiet, wooded treks. I'll look to join another trip in the future.

    October 15, 2013

  • Marion E.

    I can bring a tandem which means there will be an empty seat in my boat. I can do that especially if anyone would be more comfortable not being in a boat alone. Please let me know if needed.

    October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I rent a boat there or borrow one ? Can someone sugest a comfortable streamline boat to buy?

    October 13, 2013

    • Pat K.

      Welcome, I am from California too. Black Creek Outfitters is the best place to get expert advise and they have a lake to try the boat out before buying, Black Creek is on southside of Jax, near Town Center. I try to schedule paddles where we can rent, but not always available. I note whether rentals are available at each paddle.

      October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This would be my first event with you. I am still a "renter". Do you know if there is a place near by that will rent me a kayak? If not, do other events have rentals available?

    September 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Rachael, I can bring an extra kayak for you. Please let me know if you will be attending for sure.

      October 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      VERA HI IF THE BOAT IS AVAILABLE PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

      October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone. I'm going to need to buy another kayak to join your group. Does anyone know where the best deals and selection on kayaks are?

    October 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Nicky and Pat. That's a bit far to go, I'm in Ormond Beach. Any suggestions for something closer? If it's worth the drive, I'll do it.

      October 12, 2013

    • Pat K.

      I am not familiar with outfitters down that way, sorry

      October 12, 2013

  • Pat K.

    Welcome Ann, look forward to seeing you on the water. I agree, Black Creek Outfitters is a local store that has been around for years with people who know their kayaks.

    October 12, 2013

  • Pat K.

    unfortunately, this paddle location does not have any rentals available, but I do try to find places that have rentals available. The Princess Place paddle has rentals available if you call ahead (see info on event) I list if there are rentals available at each event.
    We are a small, growing group and would love to have you join us. Everyone in the group seem to be very welcoming and we do not leave anyone behind, if you are a beginner.

    September 23, 2013

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