THIS WILL BE A PRIMITIVE PADDLE AND CAMP.
THERE WILL BE A CHARGE OF $16.50 PER TENT TO CAMP AT PIONEER PARK ON SATURDAY NIGHT
We will need to bring our own food and carry our own gear. We will not have a caterer and outfitter babying up on this trip.
Bring at least one gallon of water for each day and food for all our own meals.
I will definitely be camping at Fort Meade on Thursday night (same address as above). I should arrive around 5:00 pm. We will shuttle our vehicles to Gardner
This is the upper section of the Peace River, and is the official start of the river as a "Florida Canoe Trail". This will be an overnight Kayak camping trip and we will be making camp alongside the river
We will meet at the Fort Meade boat launch. Take Hwy 17 to Ft Meade and head east on Hwy-98 Look for Recreation Area which is where Hwy 98 and the Peace river intersect.We will be camping all there way in the back. If you are joining us Friday morning follow sign on right and follow road to parking and launch. Warning: GPS may not take you there. We will offload Kayaks and gear, and then shuttle cars This will be a four day, 46 mile paddle (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday) or you can join us ether Saturday morning Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning.
Four day paddle - Friday thru Monday - We will meet at the putin at the Ft Meade Outdoor Recreation Area at 9:00 to start the shuttle. The shuttle will leave a 9:00 am which means you need to be unloaded and ready by 8:45 am. We will shuttle down to Pioneer Park.
Three day paddle - Saturday thru Monday - You will meet at Paynes Creek east of Bowling Green. The Friday paddlers will meet you guys no later than 10:00 am to paddle down the river.
Two day paddle - Sunday thru Monday - Meet us a at Pioneer Park on Saturday afternoon. We are going to try and camp there Saturday night by may have to paddle down river to camp if they are full. I will post later about camping arrangements for Saturday night. Leave your cars here and we will shuttle you back to your cars.
The upper Peace flows out of Lake Hancock in central Polk County before becoming kayak passable above Fort Meade, the official start of the river as a Florida Canoe Trail. Here the river is around 25 feet wide and meanders south. Many access points allow for trips of varied distances. From Fort Meade, the river enters Hardee County and reaches Paynes Creek State Historic Site after 12 miles. Little Charlie Creek enters the river 4 miles farther, just below the CR 664A bridge. Gentle riffles sliding over a rock bottom occasionally speed up the moderate current. Below Wauchula, the Fazzini Wilderness Environmental Education Center occupies part of the east bank.
The Peace River can be paddled for almost 62 miles from Fort Meade to Arcadia. Below Arcadia the Peace becomes wide and is frequented by motorboats and personal watercraft, losing its appeal to paddlers.Narrow, deep channels with high banks alternate with broad sections and quiet pools as the river passes through dense woodlands. Sand bluffs give way to shoreline flats, thickly carpeted with grasses and enclosed by the surrounding woods, making ideal campsites. The nearby forest abounds with deer and other wildlife, and the observant paddler will see numerous bird species, including herons, egrets, and kingfishers.
The Green Swamp, northeast of Tampa, is the headwaters for four of the finest rivers in the state: the Ocklawaha, Withlacoochee, Hillsborough, and Peace. The Peace River flows for approximately 133 miles from Lake Hancock near Bartow in Polk County to Charlotte Harbor near Punta Gorda. The river basin encompasses 2,400 square miles of primarily agricultural and ranch land, and numerous creeks and streams empty into the river along its entire length. As might be expected, almost 70 percent of the annual flow in the river (on average) occurs from June through October, after the onset of the wet summer weather. Despite the high nutrient levels caused by the discharge from phosphate mines and agriculture, the river retains a fair water quality and indeed supports a fine population of fish. The Peace River is steeped in a rich natural and cultural history. In 1842, by virtue of an agreement between General Worth and the infamous Native American chief Billy Bowlegs, the Peace was established as the boundary between Native territory to the east and land for the white man to the west. During the Seminole Wars, numerous battles occurred along the banks of the Peace. At the confluence of the Peace and Payne Creek, south of Bowling Green, the Seminoles attacked a trading post at the start of the Third Seminole War, and one of the last battles of that war was fought near Fort Meade.
As with all of our paddles, we are not professional guides nor instructors. We are a group of kayaking enthusiasts out for an enjoyable time. We help each other, learn from each and enjoy the privilege of being out on the water. By participating in any of our paddles, you assume all risks and responsibilities for your personal health and safety and for your equipment. You also agree to the terms of the Waiver of Liability (see "Files" for the Word document) that applies to all SLACKER adventures. It is important for everyone that each participant be prepared for the trip. Please use your discretion and best judgment when joining a trip. Check the weather reports and tide charts and make your own informed decision about the trip.Be sure you are up to the paddle -- physically, mentally and that your equipment is appropriate for the intended trip. Know and respect your limits. Be safe, act responsibly and you will certainly enjoy another fantastic trip.