Anclote Key Paddle and Camp

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.

THE NECESSARY

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.

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  • Elisa

    Could not have asked for a better adventure, life on the edge in the water.

    February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The trip of a lifetime! Thank you all for all the support! Such wonderful caring people! One more thing off my bucket list! 10 mile an hour winds? NOT!

    February 12, 2013

  • Kristine A

    Craig thank you for a great trip. Trip over was beautiful. Camping was a blast. The paddle back was the most excitement I've had in years. My first taste of sea kayaking and I loved it. Bojan's assessment is spot on. I will be doing more of this soon.

    February 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You get the Adventurist Award! Thank you my angel!

      February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Craig,

    Thanks for your fortitude, leadership and planning...and to your supporting players. Admired the willingness to see so many help others in need. Let's fly in next time..

    February 10, 2013

    • Craig G.

      Ed, they probably would have grounded the helicopter becuase the winds were so strong, then told us to kayak back!!!

      February 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You are probably correct on that one Craig. thanks again for helping me. You are definitely my angel!

      February 12, 2013

  • Mike

    Craig did a fantastic job in organizing the weekend kayak trip to Anclote Island. As far as outdoor experiences this rates up top. Everyone there seemed pleasant and supportive in nature. The island has much to offer in the scenic sense and the sea proved to be quite inviting for any adventurist. Food and drink at Hellas Restaurant made for a great finish. Overall this weekend will go down in my book as an eventfull and enriching experience.

    February 12, 2013

  • Craig G.

    Inside the dry bag was also a large rolled up sleeping bag.

    February 12, 2013

  • Craig G.

    Did anyone take home a burgundy cotton sheet (Queen Size). I haven't been able to locate it since leaving the boat ramp.

    February 12, 2013

  • Craig G.

    Did any one take home an extra PFD and a huge dry bag with a couple of pillows in it. If you find it, e mail or call me or Terry Christy.

    February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great paddle with a great group of paddlers....
    Thanks Craig for all your hard work...
    Enjoyed meeting everyone....
    Will never forget this trip.....

    February 11, 2013

  • Nona

    What a great weekend! The paddle out was calm, the campout and camaraderie superb and the paddle back???? Well, I have to stick with my second moniker on that one....."Slackers My Ass!!!!"

    1 · February 11, 2013

  • Craig G.

    Special thanks to everyone who came out to Kayak and camp with us. What a great party on the beach. I am so glad we pulled together and everyone back to the dock. That was an exciting crossing, to say the least. The anticipation of dessert at Hellas kept me going, providing needed energy. That was the longest tow into the worst wind I've ever done. Special thanks to Kris for helping in the tow, Bob for getting water out of our members kayaks, Ed, and everyone who helped get everyone back.

    1 · February 11, 2013

    • Jaime D.

      Chris and I had such a great time! I was wonderful to meet everyone. Thank you to everyone for your help! Can't wait to meetup again

      February 11, 2013

  • Craig G.

    Gerry, your incredible for Kayaking back into that wind, and then went on to play baseball, hit a double, running catches. You can paddle with us anywhere, anytime!

    February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a return trip!! My Millie, a rookie at kayaking showed her true colors paddling against the high winds and 4-5 foot waves. I bet the wind was blowing close to 30 MPH. I'm glad we didn't flipped. It took us twice as long but barely made it to my baseball game. So much for a shortcut from the back of Anclote. I think the waves were worst on that side.
    I was late to the game but we won, had a double at the plate and a couple of nice running catches. Yes, I still had some energy to play after paddling so hard but we had lots of fun. Hopefully in May when we go back the waves won't be as bad. That was a real bonding experience. Thanks Craig. You are a riot. Great group of people.

    February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great adventure!

    1 · February 11, 2013

  • Teresa C.

    We may have to rename the group after this paddle, no slacking this time! LOL it was so much fun, really exciting, and a real workout.
    I love this group!

    1 · February 11, 2013

  • Joan

    Well, the name Slackers definitely didn't fit with this trip. Craig, thanks for all your hard work in organizing this paddle. This was my first one with the group and I hope to do many more.

    February 11, 2013

  • Mark

    Fabulous, wonderful, exciting weekend! The only problem I'm having, is wiping that grin off my face :)

    February 11, 2013

  • Julie N

    Great adventure

    February 11, 2013

  • Diane B

    What a fantastic event and experience. I have to shout out a BIG HOORAH for Craig and all the slackers who took up the "Slack" when the going got tough. You guys ROCK!!! Loved the paddle, the campfire, the food, the music, and especially the "Company." Slackers RULE (the water)!! :-)

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • Charlie H.

    Craig,

    This was another fantastic event that proved again that the Slackers are anything but slackers. I had a really good time and I really appreciate the time and effort you put into the trip. I am still stuffed with all the food I ate at Hellas.

    February 10, 2013

  • Bob W.

    Weather changes on a dime I guess....see u on the next open water trip if I can make it ...hi to all

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great, a lot of fun.

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ed, thanks for saving my life! And thanks to the rest of the group for making this a very pleasurable and memorable weekend.

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    great trip. big thanks to Craig for organizing it and helping others to safely finish the paddle. some dramatic events and waves at the end added to the the spicyness of the event. now i fell like a real kayaker, not a sunshine kayaker any more. it was awesome to kayak with people who helped others in need.

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This looks like a great trip! I hope you all are having fun. If you do this trip again, I will definitely be coming.

    February 9, 2013

  • Donald

    Sorry

    February 9, 2013

  • Craig G.

    The weather pattern looks like 6 to 10 mph winds for Saturday and Sunday. A little stronger at night. AND Sunny. DONT forget your suntan lotion.

    February 8, 2013

    • Sheri A.

      Yeah, fat doesn't look so bad when it's brown

      February 9, 2013

  • Donald

    I may have to bail on this trip. My dog is sick. Know better in the mornning.

    February 9, 2013

  • Davida

    I expect the wind to drop down to a whisper around dusk for a bit. It usually does at dusk and dawn, though dawn tends to be more reliable. It's a great time to paddle- calm water, good light and a sense that all is well :) It's also a good time to photograph for those so inclined.

    Tide info as follows for Anclote:
    [masked]:32 AM EST 2.72 feet High Tide[masked] 5:14 PM EST 0.30 feet Low Tide[masked] 6:17 PM EST Sunset[masked]:13 PM EST 2.97 feet High Tide[masked] 2:22 AM EST New Moon[masked] 5:53 AM EST -0.56 feet Low Tide[masked]:05 PM EST 2.79 feet High Tide[masked] 5:57 PM EST 0.13 feet Low Tide

    David

    February 8, 2013

    • Donald

      hey Craig, What time you figure we will be in the water we are going to have water still flooding till about 2 p.m. till the tide goes slack

      February 8, 2013

    • Donald

      sorry 23 mins.

      February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry, friend came down with the flu. hope to come next time.

    February 8, 2013

  • Nona

    Kudos to Craig for this arduous task of organizing this one.

    1 · February 8, 2013

  • Craig G.

    Julie, what activities should we plan that you would consider constitute a ton of Fun!! I don't Nona will be able to bring her life size Jenga game in a kayak across the channel!!

    1 · February 8, 2013

  • Davida

    I'm considering an after sunset paddle depending on the weather. Anyone interested? If so, pack a light.

    1 · February 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Depending if we are havung a tin of fun on island or not, i would be interested.

      February 8, 2013

  • Davida

    Thanks- I guess that means it's a go. See you there. Looking forward to it.

    David

    February 8, 2013

  • Julie N

    Here is a link to the marine forcast for Tarpon Springs. Sat and Sun look really nice to me, but make your own decision.

    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Tarpon+Springs&state=FL&site=TBW&textField1=28.1468&textField2=-82.7812&e=0

    February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi group, Craig you are doing a great job...thanks for all the information on the paddle...does anyone know of a campground in the area that accepts tents, we are arriving Friday and checking out the area?

    February 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      we will see you Sat morning....

      February 8, 2013

    • Craig G.

      Sheri, The Chazz campgrounds are about 45 min North of Anclote.

      February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, Diana and I can't make it. She has to fly to Colorado her Uncle had a heart attack

    February 7, 2013

  • Craig G.

    Note the park we are leaving from. There are two parks. One is Anclote River state park and boat ramp and the other is our park, Anclote Gulf Park. Our park is NORTH of the power plant. Google earth puts the park right across from the plant, but it is actually North. You will pass the Anclote River park, then the power plant, and the park will be on your left. Gerry, I beleive we are leaving from the same park.

    February 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      perhaps, you should find the exact launching place on google map, do right click and pin a marker there , and then give us the link of the google map with the marher. that way we know exactly where to go to

      February 7, 2013

  • Tina S.

    I am concerned about winds, but am up for an alternate paddle if anyone wants to go elsewhere more protected ?

    February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Craig, the park shown in the meetup map is the one south of the plant. You may want to clarify that so nobody gets lost.

    February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so excited! Hope we have good weather for this one.

    February 7, 2013

  • Craig G.

    I suggest everyone bring a couple extra heavy duty garbage bags or dry bags, in addition to several bungy cords or rope. Everyone will need to tie their gear to their kayaks. We don't want any gear lost if wind picks up and any one of us goes for an unexpected swim. Make sure you can secure your gear, and keep it dry.

    February 7, 2013

  • Davida

    Craig-

    When will you make the final determination about the weather? And are there enough camping spots to cover all of us on the permit?

    Just wondering

    David

    February 7, 2013

    • Craig G.

      Good questions. Right now, I see 10 mph winds not being too bad. its tough getting O wind conditions, but always welcome. The wind looks like conditions when we went to Cayo in December, and it was not too bad. I'll be talking with Sam tonight about weather conditions. The rangers no longer request a form. I need to call Friday, and I'll let them know our large group. There is plenty of room. Two years ago, I shared the beach with 60 USF students.

      February 7, 2013

  • Craig G.

    So far of I have two sit in Kayakss for Bojan and Diana.
    Also, I have 3 sit on tops for Anthony, Corey and Evelyn.
    I need for the five members renting Kayaks to confirm this tonight in order to have the Kayaks for you Saturday morning.

    February 7, 2013

  • Craig G.

    The launch time is 11:00 am. We should all arrive 30 to 45 minutes earlier to facilitate loading and the staging of our Kayaks. We'll need a few minutes to go over safety and the float plan.

    February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Craig, I will be leaving from Gulf Anclote Park, just north of the one you are leaving from. It is a straight shot to the northern tip of Anclote Key. I plan to be in the water by 9:00 AM since I have to leave very early Sunday AM to make it to my baseball game in Clearwater. See you at the island.

    February 7, 2013

  • Dianne G.

    Change of plans. I have to fly to Illinois for training for my new job!!!

    1 · February 7, 2013

  • Nona

    Craig,
    As of right now, the posting for this trip says 11:00. If you have changed the time, you need to let everyone know.

    February 7, 2013

  • Craig G.

    There has been some talk of several members joining us later in the day. Please know that the tides are coming in the afternoon. I don't reccomend making this trip alone. If you don't have a partner to paddle with, and can't make it by 10:00 or 10:30, please update your RSVP accordingly.

    February 6, 2013

  • Craig G.

    I want to reiterate that this is trip is an intermediate, open water paddle. it will be required that everyone where their PFD until we arrive at the camping area on the island. Since we are a larger group, I am going to break us up into smaller groups with a more experienced paddler close by. Prior to launching, I want to have a general meeting to go over the Float plan, basic safety and rescue techniques/protocals and a couple other items.

    1 · February 6, 2013

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