Kayak & Camp Myakka River State Park

The Myakka River is a designated wild and scenic river, one of the best places to see alligators, wild boar, roseate spoonbills and other wildlife in their natural setting. There are numerous trails and an observation tower in the tree canopy which we'll visit at lunch on Saturday. Bring your bicycles, the paved trails as well as dirt trails are fantastic!.

Saturday we'll meet at 9:30 am at the boat ramp on upper Myakka Lake near the north end of Myakka River State park. There is a $5 per vehicle fee to enter the park. Find a map and directions to the park at the parks website http://www.myakkariver.org

We'll unload boats at the lake then shuttle most of the cars to a parking lot near the takeout at the bridge near the parks south entrance. We'll return to the boat ramp and launch about 10:30am. This will require a portage over the weir at the southwest corner of the lake at the mouth of the river. The paddle is downstream through winding grasslands approx. 3-4 miles filled with gators. We'll stop for a picnic lunch near the observation tower then take a short hike to the observation tower where we'll enjoy the canopy of trees overlooking the parks wetlands. The rest of the paddle to the takeout at the bridge is quite short. This is a beginner/intermediate paddle...but full of gators!!! Some amazingly large!

Camping option: make a reservation in the Big Flats loop, i am at site 14. If you wish to stay together in a group please book now, that loop is entirely open but this is a popular campground and will be filled several months in advance!..call the park [masked] or go to Reserveamerica.com for camping reservations.

I will attempt to get a permit to paddle the restricted lower section, to 'gator hole' for a limited number of experienced paddlers for Sunday, will post separately.

PLEASE NOTE: This paddle can be frightening for those not used to gators jumpin on the bow a yer boat an rockin it a bit..please, no kids or pets...gator bait!!!! As usual, bring your kayak, paddle, PFD, whistle, bug juice, sunscreen, plenty of H2O, picnic lunch..and your car camp equip if camping, we'll plan a potluck for those camping...lets make it "Octoberfest" per Anna's idea...!!! How about Brats, grilled pork chops, sauerkraut, rotisserie chicken, German potato salad, braised cabbage, spaetzle, apple kuchen....anything German.....don't forget the beer and polka music! And we'll spread out the potluck to Sunday breakfast...instead of way too much food Saturday night, lets host a Sunday continental breakfast potluck...instead of bringing something Saturday would some folks please bring some simple morning eats...coffee, milk, cream, sugar, fruit, bagels, cream cheese, croissants,jam, coffee cake....etc

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  • Darlene

    Another fantastic Slacker weekend, this group is so much fun to camp and paddle with.

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • Ron B

    Thanks everyone for the great experience. Looking forward to our next one.

    October 14, 2013

  • amy

    A beautiful weekend! Perfect weather, great food, fantastic company!

    October 13, 2013

  • Janet

    What a nice group of folks ~!

    October 13, 2013

  • Connie

    The weather was sunny and bright, different terrain which - change is good... Awesome people to paddle with.

    October 13, 2013

  • Ronda G

    Great meetup! Had a wonderful time with everyone! Perfect weather!

    October 13, 2013

  • Sunny

    No family stuff til 3pm I can come play yeah

    October 12, 2013

  • Carolyn

    Hey everyone. I'm really disappointed to cancel at the last minute because I really want to paddle the Myakka. But I woke up this morning and think I might be coming down with something. It's going to be a beautiful day on the water. Everyone have a great time!

    October 12, 2013

  • Joe

    I won't be able to make this trip. Have Fun!

    October 12, 2013

  • Sunny

    I have had to pull out for now got a family commitment may have to look after my bros kids will know for sure tomorrow am. Did not want to hold a spot if someone is wanting to go.

    October 11, 2013

  • Kay

    Sorry to cancel. I made other plans when I was on the wait list. Next time!

    October 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have site 003 for Friday and Saturday nights. Have room for another tent and a car. See you there :)

    July 15, 2013

    • John

      Sorry, Dawn, but it looks like I won

      October 10, 2013

    • John

      Sorry Dawn, but it looks like I won't be able to make. Enjoy your paddle. Maybe next time.

      October 10, 2013

  • Sam G.

    What sites do everyone have / please post here.
    Victoria - if you can come, I have a site for you.

    October 9, 2013

    • Darlene

      Site 9 with Lisa

      October 10, 2013

    • Victoria P

      Thanks, Sam &Craig for hosting this event...cold pretty much gone..road trip to NC with Larry n his family...have a great one at Myakka! Miss ya...

      1 · October 10, 2013

  • Sam G.

    I have two empty sites that are available for anyone who needs a camping site. They are sites 12 and 13.
    Please let me know if you need a camp site.

    October 10, 2013

  • Nona

    Homecoming duties at new job. Enjoy!

    October 10, 2013

  • Diane B

    Hi all,
    Sadly, my mom is still in the hospital, (heart attack) so it looks kind of shaky for me to make this event this weekend. She is going to need me there when she gets to go home.
    I have a campsite reserved on loop BF site 008 for Saturday night only if anyone is interested. I will be canceling the reservation if I don't hear from anyone. Got to take care of mom. :-)

    October 8, 2013

    • Ronda G

      Diane, I hope your mom gets better soon! Prayers coming your way!

      October 9, 2013

    • Kristine A

      I am so sorry to hear this, call me if you need anything. I will be home have to cancel too.

      October 10, 2013

  • Donald

    Hey I am not coming Iam sorry. I did how ever manage to call the Myakka park today about deep hole and big flats loop. Its as Victoria said you have to get all the peoples names and license tags numbers for cars that are parking only. the Deep hole is flooded you can't tell the difference between it and the lake, gators are gone due to this fact also. Big Flats is gonna reopen on Thursday provided no more rain. The river is at 6.3 Ft. that's just below action stage. Also I have a camp site that I wont be using I will turn it over to Sam to do with as he sees fit so if you are need get with him it's site 12.

    October 9, 2013

  • Sam G.

    Don't forget this is a "Pot Luck" dinner on Saturday Night.

    October 9, 2013

  • Dee

    Any Geocachers on this trip? I have a travel bug all the way from Machu Picchu in Peru that needs a new place. If you're scratching your head, check out www.geocaching.com

    October 9, 2013

  • amy

    Sam/Donald/Craig, is anyone else going to be making arrangements for us to do the Deep Hole since Victoria is unable to do so? I am still interested in doing the deep hole if we have a leader.

    October 7, 2013

    • Sam G.

      I will work on setting it up

      1 · October 9, 2013

    • amy

      Sam, as always you take the lead. I appreciate everything you do for us SLACKERS

      October 9, 2013

  • Dee

    I'll be camping Friday and Saturday night.

    October 9, 2013

  • John

    Sam, how far is this portage? Will we be carrying our kaks or should we bring caddies?

    October 8, 2013

    • Janet

      You going to camp? Site still has only me on it.

      October 8, 2013

    • Victoria P

      Won't know til Thursday..but will def join ya (if i dont go to NC)on my old site if its not already full! :)

      October 8, 2013

  • bob g

    I just paid the $10 annual dues, thanks for the info.

    October 8, 2013

  • Janet

    I have Victoria' s Site 14 and have space for another camper if anyone is interested.

    October 7, 2013

  • Bob W.

    Reminder. For all who want sat morning I will be cooking pancakes and have coffee on by 600 am for early risers. On me. Cheers. Pa bring cups and plates if u want to partake. Cheers again

    1 · October 7, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Thank you Bob

      October 7, 2013

  • bob g

    I'm looking forward to getting off the waiting list. I'll be kayaking only on Sat., other plans for Sat. night, but I would also be interested in kayaking on Sunday at the Deep Hole.

    October 7, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Bob - you need to pay the $10.00 annual fee in order to participate in Slacker activities. You can pay on PayPal - Just click on the Membership Due place under "about us" on the Left top.

      October 7, 2013

  • Darlene

    Myakka is a great place for biking. Bring your bicycle!

    October 7, 2013

  • Carolyn

    I am going to paddle on Saturday and not camp, in case that frees up a spot for someone interested in camping.

    October 7, 2013

  • Ronda G

    I have site #16 reserved and have availability for another tent. Is anyone interested in sharing my site??? Let me know.

    September 13, 2013

    • Wes C

      Amy, if Rhonda has no space left, campsite #13 is available. Email me if interested.

      September 29, 2013

    • Ronda G

      Yes, Amy. We are still sharing a campsite.

      October 4, 2013

  • Donald

    Currently the park is flooded some parts of the park are close in particular is Big Flats Where I believe most of us have a camp site. They believe that the water will recede in the coming week provided we get no more rain. We have a tropical disturbance to the south west which is going to move north and cause moisture to be drawn over the peninsula, what that means is more rain this week which may keep the park closed and we may have to camp elsewhere.

    September 29, 2013

    • Donald

      Well the river is down to 7.44 ft. which is just above minor flooding (minor flooding is 7 ft) so if this tropical storm Karen stays to the west we should be good to go. Should be dry and high by time we get there!!!!!!!!

      1 · October 3, 2013

    • amy

      Thanks, Donald, for following this and keep us informed.

      October 4, 2013

  • Stephanie L.

    I live close by. I can just come to paddle not camp, is that ok?

    September 29, 2013

  • John

    Hey, I will be coming from North side St. Petersburg and have room for one Kayak on my car. If anyone would like to share the ride, please let me know.

    September 9, 2013

  • Mauri

    Hey everyone! Just made it off the wait list I would love to share a site if one is available!? Any one?

    September 7, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Come on we have room

      September 7, 2013

    • Wes C

      Mauri, campsite #13 is available to share with someone. Email me if you're interested.

      September 7, 2013

  • Victoria P

    Anyone need a campsite? Site 14 is up for sale, 2 nights $50, email me if interested, otherwise I'll cancel my reservation, as I will not be able to attend this event.

    August 4, 2013

    • Janet

      Your check is on the way Victoria, looking forward to camping with this group.

      September 5, 2013

    • Victoria P

      Thanks, Janet! Sorry to be missing this event...family reunion

      September 6, 2013

  • Wes C

    I am selling campsite #13 for nights of Oct 12 and 13. If interested, please contact me by email. A small group can get Victoria's site (see below) and my site and be together.

    1 · August 18, 2013

    • Wes C

      If anyone wants this campsite let me know soon. I'll lose money if I have to cancel it.

      September 5, 2013

  • Millie C.

    Sorry guys, I need to cancel. Hopefully I will join you all soon...

    July 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Deep Hole is great, I think they only let 29 visitors a day.

    April 11, 2013

    • Jenny

      i would be game for deep hole.

      July 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Include me

      July 16, 2013

  • Bob W.

    I am camping fri and sat and Sunday for food luck. Have a 17 ft casita but have apace for a tent. Will post site number later as I forget right now :( will cook pancakes for the group sat morning and have coffee. Just to let u know. Cheers

    July 15, 2013

    • Bob W.

      I am in site 11 loop BF

      July 16, 2013

  • Lynn H.

    Site-mate cancelled, so I have space to share if anyone is in need.

    June 26, 2013

  • lois v.

    I call R.A. and was told there can be two tents and 8 peopld, 2 cars per site. May I share a site with someone?

    April 30, 2013

  • Ronda G

    Booked site #16 for Friday and Saturday! :D

    1 · April 16, 2013

    • amy

      Thanks Ronda!

      1 · April 16, 2013

  • Darlene

    I booked site #9

    April 13, 2013

  • Lynn H.

    Will camp both nights...Victoria, let me know if you want to share.

    April 11, 2013

    • Victoria P

      Bob, you should have no problem staying with the group if you book in the Big Flats loop.

      April 13, 2013

    • Bob W.

      Got it, booked site 11' thanks a lot

      April 13, 2013

  • Lynn H.

    I've booked site 15 for Friday and Saturday nights...will share.

    April 13, 2013

  • Darlene

    Which section of the campground will the group be camping on?

    April 11, 2013

    • Darlene

      Big Flats is close to the store and water, I have camped there before.

      1 · April 11, 2013

    • Victoria P

      Big Flats loop it is!

      April 13, 2013

  • lois v.

    I'm bring my dughter who has breast cancer and her daughterwho is 22, but therule ay oy one gueat. If my daughter a grandaughter cannot come, we won't be there. tenks.

    April 11, 2013

  • Anna

    Awesome!!! Octoberfest, beer and polka party!

    1 · April 11, 2013

  • Bob W.

    May not camp, as I leave nearby, but will be ere for Sat and Sunday if we can go,to the hole, been there before and it is a blast

    April 11, 2013

  • Ronda G

    Awesome!!!! I have been wanting to do this for a few weeks now! Thanks, Victoria! :)

    April 11, 2013

    • Victoria P

      ...hope ya like big gators up close and personal! 'Cause the portage involves get in' the water by the weir where they're thick in the water..coulda walked across their backs to the other side the river last November when I was there...

      1 · April 11, 2013

  • Carl R.

    Wooo Hooo !! I want to do the Deep Hole too !! Can you say that on Meetup ?

    1 · April 11, 2013

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