Hidden Coast Paddling Festival 2013

Grab your paddle & boat and head to our quaint fishing village, Cedar Key, FL! We hope you find our line-up of paddling events and socials exciting - not to mention the delicious Cedar Key seafood and other yummy offerings. Come enjoy the Cedar Keys National Wildife Refuge, and your fellow paddlers.

The Hidden Coast Paddle Festival will be going on while we will be at Cedar Key. We orginally had planned on being a part of this Festival but they decided to charge $100.00 to attend the Festival (Last year it was free). You can sign up for the festival if you want.

http://hiddencoast.net/downloads/HCPF2013Brochure.pdf

 

The Slackers will have our own Festival. We will paddle the same area, eat at the same resturants, and enjoy the lovely town and outstanding natural sites.

I will post specific paddles we will do Saturday and Sunday.

 

The group campsite is $21.80 per person (one or two nights) in advance or $25.00 to me at the campsite. Please book your camping requirments with me so that we can get the group discount.

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Cedar Key is an unspoiled gem of a small city, with interesting wooden buildings and magnificent scenery. It gives a glimpse of "Old Florida", and makes a great center for a vacation. This trip differs from most others in this book, in that:

1. The launch point is in the center of a popular vacation city.

2. The main destinations are visible from near the launch point.

3. Tidal currents are strong at spring tides in the main channels, and these can affect the

choice of destination.

4. There are no convoluted tidal creeks to negotiate before reaching the Gulf.

5. There is adequate depth of water throughout.

This is a sensitive area for wildlife. The interior of each of the islands except Atsena Otie Key is closed to public entry. All public access to Seahorse Key beaches is prohibited from March 1st to June 30th each year. This includes a 300 foot buffer round the island. Atsena Otie Key has a jetty on its west side, from which there is a nature trail.

 

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  • David W.

    I had a great time!! Nice to see everyone!

    October 8, 2013

  • lois v.

    GREAT>Good food, new friends, no rain, laughter, and warm hugs! Thanks for a wonderful week-end!

    1 · October 8, 2013

    • Suzanne

      I am so glad I met you!

      1 · October 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Always a great time. Great people!

    October 7, 2013

  • Darlene

    Another fantastic Slacker weekend. It was a shame no one was able to paddle with Lisa and I on Sunday, we had an awesome day. Cedar Key is a sweet little town and the people are very friendly and welcoming.

    October 7, 2013

  • Anna

    Couldn't be better, everything was excellent!!!
    Thank you Sam. :-)

    October 7, 2013

  • Suzanne

    What a wonderful weekend!!! I always have an awesome time (Yes, Linda S., I'm still awesome and adorable)!!! Thank you , Sam, for putting it all together. Thank all of my SLACKER friends for making this weekend so great!!!

    October 7, 2013

  • Linda S

    Simply Awesome. Cedar Key is so welcoming. Thanks Sam! Nice to see folks again and meet new Slackers. Slackers RULE!

    October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great Pictures!

    October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was so awesome!!!

    October 6, 2013

  • Alex G.

    The name of the campground has changed. ANGLERS COVE

    1 · October 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      What does that mean we're not booked at Rainbow RV park???

      October 4, 2013

  • Victoria P

    What are y'all planning to do for dinner Friday night? Registered for the festival but would love ta meet up with you..lots of great eateries in the area!

    September 30, 2013

    • Victoria P

      Per SAMs suggestion, pickled pelican gathering at the bar sounds great! We can eat there, somewhere else, arrive at any time..

      2 · October 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      What time are you planning dinner tonight?

      1 · October 4, 2013

  • Joan

    I will be staying in Julie's camper.

    October 4, 2013

  • Joan

    I will be bringing a ramon noodle salad.

    October 4, 2013

  • Bill

    mo' chickken

    October 4, 2013

  • Don P.

    I was watching the weather 630pm 10/3 and it sounds like Sat. will be ok. The winds will be off shore so they will be heading out to sea. That means there shouldn't be much in the way of waves (if any) between CK and Atsena Otie Key. If we travel along the west side of the islands and stay close to the beach we'll be OK. The Island will break the wind; so there shouldn't be waves. It's the passes we need to be concerned about. If we deem them to much we can turn back to CK. Of course it can all change by Sat.
    If we don't paddle, there are lots of shops, restaurants, and places to hang out.

    1 · October 3, 2013

    • Linda S

      I talked to the local kayak shop and relayed info to Sam. Kayaking option ends with 15MPH winds. Agreed looked fine last I checked.

      2 · October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Happy Friday Kayaker friends... Need some recommendations for kayaking date with my hubby for this afternoon... We live in St Augustine... Thank you :)

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Mare

    bringing black beans :)

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Judith

    We will be bringing a pasta salad. This is our first trip with the club & look forward to meeting everyone.

    1 · October 3, 2013

  • Sam G.

    Friday Night - Open
    Saturday 10:00 am (Depending on weather and wind) - either open water paddle to the outter islands or around the inner coastal regions - Meet at camp site @ 9:00 am
    Saturday Night - Pot Luck Dinner
    Sunday - Open
    I plan to get to Cedar Key around 5:00 and will determine which launch site might be best for us.

    1 · October 3, 2013

    • Mauri

      Hey sam, will I brake to do these paddles in my pungo120 with my shoulder? I haven't paddled since my injury....let me know what you think?

      October 3, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Come / We will take care of you

      1 · October 3, 2013

  • Sam G.

    Weather seems to be of concern to some people and I have tried to follow it the best as I can.
    First of all there is no possibility of a Hurricane or Tropical Depression.
    Saturday - at this point - should be partly cloudy with slight chance of rain. As the day progresses the winds should pick up from 3-7 to 5-9 mph ESE.
    Later in the evening the winds will increase, so at this time, paddling in Sunday may be challenging - but the city of Ceder Key is delightful to sight see.

    2 · October 3, 2013

    • Ralph L.

      Truck loaded and ready to go. Have a biz meeting in the morning and I'm of for some much needed R&R.

      1 · October 3, 2013

    • Charlie H.

      My kayak is loaded and nothing is stopping me from going. Let's have some fun. No one wants to kayak in severe weather but I plan to make the decision when I am there.

      2 · October 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sam, Have to cancel due to death in family. I know you will all enjoy yourselves immensely.

    October 3, 2013

  • Julie N

    is there a hurricane reschedule weekend for this. looks like it is going to be very close to us.

    1 · October 3, 2013

    • Sharon

      I was wondering just the same thing. Now that it looks like it will be a hurricane, even though the center doesn't appear that it will be close, I have to believe it is going to impact surf and water surges.

      October 3, 2013

    • Linda S

      Here is weather underground for Cedar Key. NO kayaking Sunday (too windy over 15 MPH). Highly subject to change. http://www.wundergrou...­

      October 3, 2013

  • Don P.

    Anyone have a plan? Where are we paddling and when do we launch?

    October 3, 2013

    • Linda S

      Sam said he would have a plan. I recommend two trips. one for those equipped, experienced and desire to do open water. And another shorter trip around high tide to explore islands, bridges and working side of cedar key, leaving from somewhere East of Way Key. I sent Sam notes on tide tables and a trip report. We went with a local outfitter. Had a fabulous trip. BUT we left from Sunset RV resort and we dropped the OPTION to land at Way Key and shuttle. Our kayaks were too short and we were way too inexperienced.

      October 3, 2013

    • Linda S

      tide tables. You want to be two hours around high tide. http://tides.mobilege...­

      October 3, 2013

  • tina

    I'll bring some rotisserie chickens

    1 · October 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry have to go to Virginia

    October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone have a 10' kayak for sale?

    September 29, 2013

    • Ralph L.

      Tina, I will have the kayak with me this weekend . You are welcome to take it for a spin.

      October 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you @Ralph I found a kayak from another member, sorry I thought I messaged you. thanks for your offer :) See you Friday

      October 2, 2013

  • Sam G.

    We will be having a "Pot Luck" Dinner on Saturday night so bring a little something to share. Please post what food you plan on bringing.

    1 · September 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Big salad :)

      1 · October 1, 2013

    • Linda S

      I'll bring brown rice with wild rice.

      October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh by the way Sam I'll be tenting it.

    October 1, 2013

  • Paula

    Sam,
    Pls take me off the list - unable to step away from 'life' this weekend for this adventure. Will have to catch another. Thx

    October 1, 2013

  • Alex G.

    I'll bring a pot of chili.

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • Sam G.

    I need to know who needs me to bring a rental kayak for them.
    Please post here if you need a kayak.

    October 1, 2013

  • Sam G.

    Dinner on Friday night is open to where ever you wish to eat. Since people will be arriving at different times it would be hard to mark a reservations for an unknown number of people. We, however, can drink as a group so I'm recommending we all gather on the deck at The Pickled Pelican Bar and Eatery Friday night and enjoy the bay.

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • Ralph L.

    Sausage, peppers and onions.

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • Julie N

    Bratwurst

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • Suzanne

    How do brownies sound? We will also bring some kind of veggie thing!

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • Sam G.

    We only have about 25 Slackers who have paid to come and camp for the weekend. We have close to 70 Slackers who have signed up for this trip.

    Please either pre-pay, drop off the list or contact me for other arrangements for this trip. I need make sure that I reserve enough room at the group campsite for all that are coming.

    Thanks

    September 30, 2013

    • Mike

      Sam, I plan on camping Friday and Saturday night. If it is okay I will pay you on Friday when I arrive at the camp ground.

      October 1, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Tina / You have paid

      1 · October 1, 2013

  • Sharon

    I will bring some healthy veggies and dips to snack on.

    October 1, 2013

  • Shari

    Sorry to miss this, I was so looking forward to it. I received an offer to help drive a friend to New York on Saturday, will see leaves, mountains and have lots of wine... too good of a deal to pass up! See you next time.

    October 1, 2013

  • Paula

    Thanks! Count me in. Rearranging "life" to be there.

    September 30, 2013

  • Anna

    Sam what time you plan to arrive? I`m departing from Weeki at Friday morning. Anyone will be at the campground before a noon???

    September 30, 2013

  • Paula

    Sam, I'm new to the group. Still room in group campsite? Been a long time since I've done any camping and probably will be solo so any particular suggestions welcome. Also - would need to rent kayak. Still available? Thx!

    September 30, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Plenty of room. Come on
      Tent camping is fun but you need to be comfortable. Bring a 4-6 man tent so that you have plenty of room. Also bring something comfortable to sleep on (air mattress, cot etc). It can get chilly late at night so bring a good sleeping bag or sheets and blanket.
      This is a fun, inclusive group so you will be helped a lot once you get there.
      I will be asking for a list of people who need to rent kayaks / Make sure you respond.
      Sam

      1 · September 30, 2013

    • Julie N

      6 man might hard to set up. I'd go with a 4 man .

      September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry....work has me out of town. Next time! Have fun!

    September 29, 2013

  • Victoria P

    Just returned from our weekend paddle on the sante Fe, after an overnight detour to cedar key. Love this little art/paddling/clam&fishing spot! Have decided to join the official festival in order to take advantage of the great variety of group paddles, tours, reception, dinner,boat trip to seahorse key..and help support this hidden gem on the gulf....this event benefits the towns chamber of commerce, it's a means of helping an otherwise struggling community to stay on the map. Staying at the Dockside Motel...a great little, affordable, clean place..already reserved suite 2 where we just spent last night:)

    1 · July 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I, too am registered with the "official" group - I'll be staying at Pirate's Cove - hope to meet you as I am a newcomer to this group!

      September 22, 2013

    • Kristina

      You are right about this little gem that keeps on shinning. This community has rebounded from many assaults and seems to keep on surviving. It is amazing the many faces of transformation this area has endured. It is interesting to learn about the clam aquaculture that has been the most recent adventure. Hopefully we see lots of turtles and dolphins on our adventures.

      September 26, 2013

  • Don P.

    Low tide on Sat 847AM. You do not want to be caught in the back waters during low tide. Mud, Oyster beds, walking,& NOT FUN. If you can get in this would be a good time.

    September 24, 2013

    • Don P.

      Low tide at 847 on Sat will make it hard to enter the back water areas and if you get back there oyster beds are everywhere. So be careful paddle slow. It is interesting back there lots of wildlife. Just get out before low tide comes back. Open water is the way to go. I would take my long boat the currents can make it a challenge. It's a short trip from Cedar key to Atsena Otie Key. AOK has nice beaches all the way around it and you'll see a few kayak renters around it. The other islands are very open water and subject to tides and winds. Longer boats are suggested however I have been with people with sit on tops and 9 foot boats out there. Don't worry about oysters beds but take a spray skirt just in case. If the weather is questionable you must be your own judge.

      September 25, 2013

    • Kristina

      I agree the open water is preferred over the mud flats. There are a number of islands that would be interesting to explore however, I have no idea what the distances are.

      September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to attend

    September 26, 2013

  • Tina S.

    unable to attend but can't seem to get website to accept my change of rsvp

    September 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      :(

      September 26, 2013

  • Joanne L.

    my back won't be well enough by then to kayak

    September 25, 2013

  • Julie N

    bringing the pop-up. I have Diane, SunAnnie and Mauri staying in it. If I left someone out let me know. Probably be bring books instead of potluck.

    September 22, 2013

  • Hiker E.

    Had to back out of this one as I am still on the AT and will not get done in time.....Have a great event!!!!

    Sounds like an awesome weekend and my loss but the AT continues to call me to go on.....

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • Don P.

    I'd like to go to North Key. There's a launch at the museum. I know where it is but I've never launched from there.

    September 17, 2013

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