This Trip is subject to weather conditions and will be rescheduled if wind or rain prevents a safe channel crossing.
Anclote Key is one of the most beautiful barrier Islands on the west coast of Florida. It is a perfect short trip over the intercoastal to check out how much fun Kayak Camping could be. These pictures were taken at our last trip out on May 5, 2012.
Please arrive up to 30 minutes earlier than our launch time to allow for unloading and packing of gear into our Kayaks.
The Tides should be favorable for us going out and comming back.
After crossing to the island we will paddle past the north point of Anclote Key and enter the Gulf side of the island. A short paddle on the gulf side will bring us to the Northwest Corner of Anclote Key where primitive camping is permitted. There is a Privy on the north point of the island, so there is no need to bring a portable such as on Shell Key. I'll e mail the ranger at Anclote and make the necessary arrangements for our group.
During the day, we can have fun exploring the island, paddle around the island, visit the lighthouse etc. Wind and weather will help determine the course of our schedule during the day.
Enjoy the blue-green Gulf waters that lap gently along the sandy beaches of the four islands that make up Anclote Key Preserve State Park - Anclote Key, North Anclote Bar, South Anclote Bar and Three Rooker Island. Located three miles off the coast of Tarpon Springs, Anclote Key Preserve State Park is accessible only by private boat or ferry service. The 403-acre park is home to at least 43 species of birds, including the American oystercatcher, bald eagle and piping plover. A picturesque 1887 lighthouse stands as a sentinel on the southern end of the island. Visitors can swim and sunbathe at the beach, fire up a grill and enjoy a picnic, or pitch a tent and enjoy a night of primitive camping under the stars. There are no provisions offered on the island, so be prepared to bring your own water and supplies.
What to Bring: Check the files section for lists of suggested supplies and equipment needed for "kayak camping equipment list."
A basic list of items include small tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, clothing based on temperature conditions. Food should include lunch for Saturday, dinner Saturday night and breakfast Sunday morning. We can bring a few small disposable grills for dinner, and small stoves to heat water to cook other food items. Of course, bring plenty of water. I usually pack 4 liters of water for this trip.
We must pack everything we need for primative camping and pack everything in and out of our camping area.
If you have any questions regarding items to bring, please call me on my cell phone at[masked]-9290.
You will need to bring your own water, sun screen, bug spray, towel, hat and any other items you think you might need for a two day trip. Remember to hydrate before you hit the water. It is your responsibility to have all of the required safety equipment aboard your vessel.