Little Manatee River upper section (For the People who missed the last time)

  • January 20, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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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.

The section of the river we will paddle is the upper part. This section of the river is narrow and wild, with tight turns and faster waterflow with a extensive tree canopy to keep us shaded and cool. It offers several hours of enjoyable wilderness paddling, but it's considered a challenging run with the twists and turns and good current. An old railroad bridge in this upper section marks the spot where the famous "Orange Blossom Special" once crossed the river.

This a very pretty +/- 8 mile downstream fun filled paddle with tree canopy and many twists and turns.

There will be a $10.00 fee to the outfitter to take us to the put-in.

Not a novice paddle.

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

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

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  • Diane B

    Absolutely fantastic!!! Thank you Sam for your leadership and to all who pitched in to make this such an enjoyable experience!! I am really getting the hang of this camping thing thanks to Jeff, Terry, and Kris. Thank you sooo much!!

    1 · January 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    And thank yo Sam for all you did to make this trip possible! Love your laid back leadership style!

    January 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A fantastic paddle with welcoming, friendly, inclusive people. Thank you for making this first timer feel amongst kindred spirits! Such a great way to spend my day! Looking forward to next trip!!

    January 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed the trip.

    January 21, 2013

  • Elizabeth P

    This river is every bit as pretty as Juniper Creek, which I paddled twice this week. I can't imagine being 10 feet higher! I hadn't paddled with Sam in a while...what a wonderfully relaxing and fun time! So well organized with care and direction.

    January 20, 2013

  • Stephanie L.

    Had a great time!! What a relaxing beautiful trip! Thanks Sam!

    January 20, 2013

  • Elisa

    Had a blast!. Easy pace, enjoyed eating local fruit hand picked by co kayakers!! Thank You Sam our gracious leader!

    January 20, 2013

  • Connie

    Can I say Awesome time!!! Loved the slow pace and just enjoyed the surroundings. Can't imagine being in the tree tops and doing this, thank you Sam for a great day!

    January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    so glad that space opened up so I could join the group! This is my first Meet Up event! Looking forward to a great paddle with good company!!

    January 18, 2013

  • Stephanie L.

    Sam do you have kayaks available to rent for this paddle?

    January 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks!

      January 16, 2013

    • Stephanie L.

      Thank you!

      January 16, 2013

  • Victoria P

    Sam, hope to see this posted again soon..on my weekend off..

    January 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    CAr pool or split gas from Seminole county anyone?

    January 14, 2013

  • Douglas

    I have just bought a kayak. it will be shipped to me next week soooooo I can go with you all if i there is room.

    January 9, 2013

  • Sam G.

    If enough people go on the waiting list I will schedule a second later trip at 10:00 am

    January 6, 2013

    • Julie N

      Hey, the 10:00 trip is showing up as going on Tuesday the 22. I hope it should be Sunday the 20th.

      January 8, 2013

    • Sheri A.

      Sam, I can't believe you limited this trip??? ;-)

      January 8, 2013

  • carly j.

    Gosh Sam, this is obviously a popular one! Wish it could handle a few more on the waiting list!

    January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sam, I will need to rent a kayak if you have one available.

    January 6, 2013

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