Fort Desoto Kayaking to Shell Island-MONDAY PADDLE

  • September 2, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Waters can get rough if a storm blows in unexpected-which often happens there!

ARRIVE BY 8:30 AM-this is a holiday weekend and the park will be busy-the launch is before the park - there are a couple of 50cent tolls to get there-SEE MAP and description below













We will launch at exactly 4 miles down SR 679 on right. This is a great put in spot that allows for multiple cars. Turn left on 679--go over small bridge-go past Tony and Nellos restaurant on right-launch will be on right about 1.5 mile have gone too far if you get to the 50 cent toll into DeSoto.

We will paddle to Shell Island with its wonderful white sandy beach, as well as in and around the bay and through the mangroves. Most of the water in the park is relatively shallow and protected and provides shelter for dolphins, manatees, wading birds, shorebirds, snook, mullet, redfish, trout, and scores of other varieties of wild creatures.

BRING A LUNCH and your bathing suit!


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  • Steve B.

    Anne, fantastic videos of this paddle and The Labor Day Paddle Anna Maria Island!! They really capture the memories and feelings on the water. Especially in the rocky water around the point.

    September 5, 2013

  • Steve B.

    Thanks for suggesting and leading this paddle, Anne!! What fun, paddling in the Gulf, with threatening skies and calm water it was BEAUTIFUL. Another great adventure with wonderful swimming too. Added to my top 5 paddles.

    2 · September 3, 2013

    • Anne X.

      It was fun going all the way around shell key

      1 · September 3, 2013

  • Leah

    Anne led great adventurous paddle today ;) Got to meet some new people too

    1 · September 2, 2013

  • Kumiko W.

    Another great paddle with Anne!!!! Had a great time.

    2 · September 2, 2013

  • Anne X.


    1 · September 2, 2013

    • Leah

      Thanks Anne it was a great adventure and I loved looking at the homes on the water...

      September 2, 2013

  • Larry S.

    My wife is a "short trip" paddler. How far from launch to Shell Island? Thanks

    September 1, 2013

    • Leah

      Im in St Pete and Im seeing lightning but im good with paddling in light rain .. What do u think?

      September 2, 2013

    • Leah

      Ok now weather looks good ;)

      September 2, 2013

  • thomas r.

    look like it will be a great paddle, but i will not be back till mid oct maybe there will one then.

    September 1, 2013

  • Steve B.

    Love Shell Island!!

    1 · September 1, 2013

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