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Paddle upper Shell Creek, Punta Gorda

Shell Creek is a gorgeous, gorgeous paddle. We will launch from Hathaway Park, which has porta potties, covered picnic tables, lots of parking on grass and a very easy little launch site.

From Hathaway Park, you can paddle about 8 miles up Shell Creek or 5 miles down Shell Creek to the dam; we will paddle upstream and go about 4 miles and take a break at about the mid-point.

Directions: From I-75, take Exit 164 in Punta Gorda and go north (actually, east) on Hwy. 17 toward Arcadia. Go about 4.5 miles and see on the right the mint green Royal Thai Restaurant. Go just beyond a large yellowish “Shell Creek Park” billboard and turn right onto Washington Loop Road which is also marked as CR 764. Go about 5 miles and watch for the Shell Creek Camp on the left; just beyond the camp, on the left, are two entrances to Hathaway Park. Go to the second entrance. This is for the paddle craft launch site (kayaks & canoes) and is free.

All paddles are for experienced and energetic paddlers. Be in the water and ready to paddle at 10:00. The group does not wait for folks who arrive late.

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  • Jonathan M.

    I'm not sure exactly how far we went. I don't think anyone was using a GPS to get a fix on where we turned around. Since I live not that far away from Hathaway Park, I feel like I would want to go back up that creek at some future time to see if it would be worthwhile trying to go further up than we did, and to figure out where exactly on a map the most reasonable turn-around point would be.

    March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great paddle- great company. Loved the peaceful feeling of the quiet creek.

    1 · March 27, 2013

  • Joyce

    Stoic group...showed up despite forecast of frigid early morning wind chill. Weather turned out quite nice...in the sun. Shell Creek is always beautiful. Missed you, Rudy.

    March 27, 2013

  • Jonathan M.

    Lots of turns, as could probably be surmised by looking at the map closely. Not especially cold out by the time we got on the water. Only a couple windy spots on our return leg, mitigated by some warm sun in those open spots. Water level was good with a nice flow going, making it of course more fun on the return since we went upstream first. Saw other kayakers on the way, in both directions, different people each time.

    March 27, 2013

  • Rudy K

    Sorry I could not join you. Hope you got my text, Joyce.

    March 27, 2013

  • nick l.

    See you next time, gotta bail out and get car fixed.

    March 26, 2013

  • Jonathan M.

    After studying the map, I don't think my boat will work very well in this small space of the up-river creek.

    March 21, 2013

    • Rudy K

      I have been up this creek with my 17' Storm without problems, Jonathan.

      March 23, 2013

    • Jonathan M.

      Oh, thanks for that information. I might change my mind about not going.

      March 23, 2013

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