EVERYONE EXCEPT BARBARA DROPPED OUT, SO WE ARE LAUNCHING AT JACARANDA AND PADDLING CURRY CREEK TOMORROW, MONDAY, AT 10:00. EMAIL ME IF YOU WANT TO JOIN US. Joyce
We'll paddle the Manatee River and into Gambel Creek. The Manatee from Ft Hamer up to Gambel Creek is wide open; Gambel Creek is beautiful and protected. We'll aim for a total of about 7 miles on the water, with one short break.
Ft. Hamer has the best restrooms at any paddle launch location : )
As is true of all paddles with this group, this is for members only (experienced and energetic kayakers). No guests on paddles.
If high wind is forecast, we will change the launch location to the end of Mulholland Drive and paddle only on Gambel Creek and stay off the Manatee River. If wind is forecast, I'll email everyone the day before. To get to the alternate launch if wind is forecast, follow directions below, except "Turn right (south) on Ft Hamer Rd, go just under 1 mile, passing the Annie Lucy Williams Elementary school on the left. Turn left on Mulholland Rd. and drive to the end of the road, which ends at a bridge. The launch is on the left side of the road before the bridge, with parking all along the road.
From I-75, take Exit 224 onto Hwy. 301 North...the ramp at the left. Drive about two miles to a traffic light and turn right (east) onto Old Tampa Rd. There is a Hancock Bank and 7-11 on the right and a CVS diagonally across the road. Continue east on Old Tampa Rd for about 3.5 miles to a stop sign at Ft. Hamer Rd. Turn right (south) on Ft Hamer Rd, go about 1 mile, passing the Annie Lucy Williams Elementary school on the left. Turn left on Mulholland Rd. and drive to the end of the road, which ends at a bridge. The launch is on the left side of the road and is pictured in the photo above.