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Little Manatee River (Weekend Camping - Saturday Night Concert)

  • Mar 29, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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We will be camping Friday and Saturday nights at the awesome group camp site. The camping cost will be $10.00 per tent per night. We have rented the group site for the weekend. There are wonderful bathrooms and great showers available for this camping and paddling adventure. Depending on water levels we will be paddling some part of the little Manatee or another river in the area. The movie on Friday night will be Deliverance. There will be a free concert by on Saturday from 5-7 pm with open microphone after.

The Little Manatee River is a classic tannin-stained Central Florida river. It is a Florida Designated Outstanding Waterway. In a day's paddle, it transitions from a 10-20 foot wide creek meandering through ash and oak dominated floodplain to a 300-foot wide tide influenced river fanning through tidal marsh that empties into Cockroach Bay/ Tampa Bay. The sandy bottom and gently sloping banks create a number of spots to stop and stretch or eat.

Please bring a PDF, whistle, water and lunch/snack.

Call me if you have any questions (sam[masked])

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  • Sheila B

    By far, the most fun weekend ever! Thanks, Sam, for everything!

    1 · March 31, 2013

    • Carl R.

      There was that little table incident !!

      April 1, 2013

  • Carl R.

    Great camping, great weather, great kayaking, great people...great romantic comedy movie and concert on the green. Amazing outpost....sad about the picnic tables though !!!

    April 1, 2013

  • Carl R.

    Great weekend, great weather, awesome kayaking, great people, comedy romance movie, concert...yep great !! !

    April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Of course, another wonderful weekend, thank you Sam for being such a wonderful Organizer!

    March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great weekend it was.

    March 31, 2013

  • Linda S

    Blast. Great seeing my buddies and making new ones.

    March 31, 2013

  • Ronda G

    A very fun weekend with all the SLACKERS! What an awesome bunch of people!

    1 · March 31, 2013

  • Kim M.

    To say it was fun and enjoyable doesn't quite say enough. We have such a great group!

    3 · March 31, 2013

  • tina

    What a great time ..you guys rock Thank you Sam and everyone...Thanks Linda you made me feel very welcomed

    2 · March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love, Love, Love getting together with all my SLACKER friends, and happy to welcome Tina, Nancy and Beth our awesome NEW Slackers!!

    2 · March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Having awesome weekend

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • Ronda G

    I will meet up with the group on Saturday morning at John Seargant Park and then camp on Saturday night with the group!

    March 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      See you there Ronda, we're on the same schedule.

      1 · March 29, 2013

    • Kim M.

      My intention also.

      March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone know the latest we can check in at campsite? I have some work issues that are surfacing here.

    March 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      My work issues are going to keep me here tonight, HOWEVER, I'll show up *early* tomorrow at the campsite if possible (do they lock a gate?). I can bring swing by a Panera and pick up one of their 96oz totes of coffee if anyone's interested.

      March 29, 2013

  • David B

    Are we in need of firewood? I'm coming with a pickup truck and have wood to spare, how much should I bring.?

    March 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      YES!! More WOOD, Sam can be a WOOD/FIRE Nazi sometimes!! lol

      March 29, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Bah Humbug

      1 · March 29, 2013

  • tina

    Looking forward to this its only been 20 years since I've camped. I wonder if I have forgot anything.lol

    March 29, 2013

    • Jeff R.

      Whatever you forgot, between the rest of us all, I'm sure we've got you covered. See you there

      1 · March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unable to make the trip. I've been fighting bronchitis for over a week, on antibiotics, but not well enough to paddle! Another time.

    March 29, 2013

  • Sam G.

    Let's do a "Pot Luck" for Saturday Night. I'll bring Fried Chicken

    1 · March 26, 2013

    • Ronda G

      Still deciding on what to bring but I will bring something!

      March 28, 2013

    • Jeff R.

      Homemade 5-layer bean dip. Mom's secret recipe!

      March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sam is there any electric on any sites there?

    March 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Last time I was there it wasn't a problem. I don't know about the group site.

      March 28, 2013

    • Jeff R.

      Yes, the group area also has electricity. Bring a long extension cord though. The outlets are scattered around.

      March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone planning on paddling the Little Manatee on Saturday? The water is low, but should be okay, according to the outpost. I'm not camping, just want to do a Sat. paddle.

    March 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Are you going to meet us at the campsite? or at the drop off?

      March 29, 2013

    • Sam G.

      The official site is at the put-in - However the people who are camping can either follow each other or ride together.

      March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm bringing my go pro camera, happy to share the pictures if someone brings a laptop.

    March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sam, I paid $10 online for camping, but don't see a pay pal link to pay for the second night. Can I pay you when I see you on Friday night ?

    March 28, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Yes you can / See you Friday

      March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I cannot attend this weekend. Grr...Have a blast y'all.

    March 27, 2013

  • Sheila B

    Sam, I got out of working Friday. I have paid for camping Saturday. Is there any room for me to come camp Friday and I can pay you when I get there?

    March 27, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Yes you can. Ill see you Friday

      March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Carl-my sweet-It figures that you would schedule a special viewing of the comedy romance movie Deliverance. If you ever want to paddle Section 4 of the Chatooga I can show you where the "love beach" is but (no pun intended) you will have to go ashore alone.

    March 27, 2013

    • Carl R.

      Ahhh, my fellow-fuzzy-faced-frien­d....I was just thinking of you. Taking my motorcycle to Bryson City the end of next month to ride the Tail of the Dragon !! Maybe we need to get together some straight shooters (pun intended) to go rafting on the Chatooga et al!! xoxo

      March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Only camping Saturday Night, Paid the $10.00 online

    March 27, 2013

  • Sam G.

    The Canoe Outpost (where we are camping) is planning a Braden River paddle Sunday. Anyone interested in that paddle please contact the Canoe Outpost [masked]) to reserve your spot. There are only 15 spots left so call them as soon as you know your plans.

    March 27, 2013

    • Linda S

      I'm reserved! Thanks Sam. Bus is leaving at 9:30. Returns at 3. Cost is $15. Put in Jiggs landing. Stop at Linger Lodge for 1 hour (lunch break). Need to RSVP with canoe outpost, as Sam said.

      March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It Easter...i will bring a presliced ham...

    March 27, 2013

  • Carl R.

    Friday night at 8:00 is movie night...Deliverance with Burt Reynolds on the big screen...awesome...PADDLE FASTER !!!!

    2 · March 23, 2013

    • Carl R.

      Craig the rest of Paddle Faster is...I hear Banjo Music !!!!!!

      March 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I heard that they are going to be selling T-Shirts that say "Paddle Faster... I Hear Banjo Music" got to get me one of those!!!!

      March 27, 2013

  • tina

    ok thx

    March 26, 2013

  • tina

    I paid for one night can't figure out where to pay for the second night?

    March 26, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Just give it to me at the camp site

      1 · March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be bringing brownies for Saturday night.

    March 26, 2013

  • Julie

    And I'm off Friday!

    March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Extra 14" glass boat and paddle available. I'll plan on carting it down. Since Cyndi is the first one to post a need for a boat, it's hers if she confirms. Boat is more ideal for a smaller paddler with some skills/comfort in a boat with intermediate initial stability.

    Just bring your own PFD. I'll supply boat, paddle, and I've ordered a spray skirt in case you want to try edging the boat.

    March 25, 2013

    • Ronda G

      Thanks for the clarification, Linda! :)

      March 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Boat offer removed per organize request.

      March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    are we having a potluck meal?

    March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think its a full moon weekend, should be lovely. I paid my 10.00 :)

    March 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Full moon in the morning of the 27th...Anyone up for a moonlit paddle Friday night?

      March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What if you don't have a tent?

    March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry but I will not be able to attend. I hope I will be able to make the next one.

    March 25, 2013

  • Sam G.

    Kayak Rentals / Would all the people who need to rent kayaks this weekend please let me know by 6:00 pm Thursday so that I can make arrangments to get enough kayaks.

    March 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sam, have a question further down about tents....do you or *anyone* have an extra tent or enough room for an extra single to crash?

      March 25, 2013

    • Sam G.

      I have an extra tent for you

      March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sam, is there loan-able/share-able sleeping space? Or do I need to go buy a tent?

    BTW, my wife has opted out, so we can begin the discussion on who has bids on the extra boat/paddle...

    March 25, 2013

    • Sam G.

      If you need a tent I have a few extra you can borrow

      March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not sure if I can camp both nights, but definitely Saturday. I would like to bring my hammock to sleep in, are there trees to hang it from?

    March 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      [looking at Kris, reading Sam, I don't multi-task]

      1 · March 25, 2013

    • Sam G.

      There are trees. I think you will have the ability to sling a hammock.

      March 25, 2013

  • Sheila B

    If I'm arriving Saturday after the Hillsborough River paddle, how will I know where to pitch my tent? Are we all in one spot?

    March 25, 2013

    • Sam G.

      We are in the Group Camp Site. Pitch you tent anywhere you can find a spot. We have a large area.

      March 25, 2013

  • tina

    Can I pay for the second night when I get there? How will I know where to go?

    March 25, 2013

    • Sam G.

      You can pay when you arrive. Thanks for letting me know.

      March 25, 2013

  • Sam G.

    The Slackers have reserved the entire Group Camp site. When you arrive just ask when it is. We will have a big fire going in the fire ring.

    March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So looking forward to it...Doctor realeased me to paddle so I will arrive Friday and paddle out from dock to see if it will hold up for Saturday...I plan on camping both nights...good times

    March 25, 2013

  • Joanne L.

    Will arrive for Saturday night camping and paddle only Sunday. Otherwise, I have to pay the kennel through Monday, as Sunday is Easter Sunday and they're not open on holidays. :(

    March 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Why are you NOT bringing D'Artagnon????

      March 22, 2013

    • Jeff R.

      Joanne, dogs are welcome at this campground. No kennel worries

      March 24, 2013

  • Bonnie M.

    Can I bring a pop-up camper instead of a tent?

    March 23, 2013

    • Jeff R.

      It's tent camping only in the group site we have reserved. However, canoe outpost has separate RV sites available which are near the group site. Call canoe outpost in advance to reserve one.

      March 24, 2013

  • Sheila B

    Hey, can only camp Saturday night. Dogs allowed?

    March 7, 2013

  • tina

    This will be my first time camping in a looong time looking forward to meeting everyone. Dogs are allowed?

    1 · March 22, 2013

    • Jeff R.

      Yes, if history repeats, there will be many other dogs there.

      March 22, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Yes / dogs are allowed

      1 · March 22, 2013

  • Heidi

    I didn't realize it's Easter weekend.

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will bring the mutzoids etc.

    March 12, 2013

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