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Florida Sport Paddling Club is a statewide organization for people who enjoy canoing and kayaking. We also have out-of-state members. Beginners as well as experienced paddlers are welcome. It's an easygoing group that doesn't just talk about getting out on the water - we get up and go! We've been around since the 1970's so we know where to go for a good paddling experience.
Our members volunteer to coordinate trips, which are publicized on Meetup and in our monthly newsletter. There are trips suitable for people of all skill levels. Paddles range from a lazy afternoon jaunt, to a weekend on a slow-moving subtropical Florida river, to a week-long trip in Georgia, the Carolinas or Alabama, or farther afield in Arkansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Montana or Utah. We've even paddled on the Yukon River in Canada. Some trips include hiking or bicycling or camping, either along the river or in nearby facilities. All of our trips include good company, good conversation, and most often, good food!
We cater to both kayaks and canoes. Many members own both and use the one that is best suited for the trip.
We often camp at campgrounds before/after the paddle, or some just come for the day....check with your trip coordinator. Camping days are not necessarily indicated below, unless river camping.
TRIPS 2014.... the list below includes the trips described in our emailed newsletter as well as the impromptu trips listed on our meetup site.
Jan 4-6....................Fisheating Creek, river camping
Jan 11-12...............Cross Creek and other
Jan 18-20…………Econ River, river camping or day trip
Jan 25-26…………Peace River, river camping
Feb 7-9…….......…Hillsborough River
Feb 15-17………..Rock Springs/Wekiva, river camping or day trip
Feb 20....................Weeki Wachee
Feb 22-23………..Arbuckle, river camping
March 2 .................Econ River
Mar 9-13.................Okefenokee (day paddles)
Mar 15-21………...Satilla (or other), river camping
April 4-7………ANNUAL MEETING WEEKEND - several day trips; our trip calendar for 2014-15 will be further developed this weekend.
May 2-4 Hillsborough R SP
May 10 So Fork St Lucie
May 11-17 Panhandle
May 24-26 Rock Springs
June 1-6 New River, NC
June 9-14 Smoky Mtns, NC
July 6-14 Green River, UT
July 26 Alafia
July 27 Little Manatee
Aug 30-9/1 Blue Springs SP
Sept 8-18 Rideau Canal, Canada
Sept 12-14 Fisheating Creek
Oct 2-5 Long Point/Sebastian
Oct 16-19 FL PADDLERS' RENDEZVOUS
Oct 29-30 John Pennecamp
Nov 1-2 Peace River
Nov 2-8 Bahia Honda
Nov 14-16 Arbuckle Creek
Nov 18-20 FSPC Annual Reunion, Silver Spgs SP
Dec 12-14 Rainbow
Jan 17-19 Econ
Jan 30-2/1 Arbuckle Creek
Feb 14-16 tba
Mar 13-15 Peace River
Mar 15-22 Cumberland Is
Apr 10-12 ANNUAL MTG
More meetups in 2015 will be added after the annual meeting in April.
Find out more, JOIN FSPC
While FSPC is a private club, prospective members are welcome to attend one event first, to see if you like it, before joining. All it takes is $9.00 per adult, filling out a very short form, and signing a waiver required by our insurer.
Being a member gives you access to all of our events, our monthly newsletter, and our private Meetup site.
To find our short application and waiver click "here". Print them, fill them out, and send both, along with your dues, to the Membership Chairperson as indicated on the Application Form. Yearly dues are only $9 per adult. Children under 18 are free. You must be a dues paying member and sign a waiver to to be a member and to use our complete Meetup site. The dues pay for insurance covering all members while on the water and for the Meetup site.
Our Membership chair person can be reached at: FSPC.MembershipChair@gmail.com.
Our website is at https://sites.google.com/site/flsportpaddlingclub/