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Mon., Feb. 10, Paddle Babcock-Webb, Punta Gorda

Babcock-Webb Wildlife "Management" Area (translate that "Hunting" Area) is really a beautiful place...outside of hunting season. I stay out of there Nov. 1 to Jan. 31.

Babcock-Webb is about 66,000 acres of pretty scenery, including 4-5 miles of connected lakes, surrounded by wet pinelands with lots of birds. We'll make a big loop through the lakes and keep the paddle under 8 miles total. I have paddled there 4 times, so I don't think we'll get TOO lost....maybe just a little.

There are restrooms fairly close to the ramp. There are picnic tables scattered along the road around the lake area. You can drive/bike about 5 miles on an asphalt road along the lakes.

My favorite restaurant, Peace River Seafood, is just off I-75 Exit 164...right on the way home from Exit 158.

If you are under 65, there is a $3 entrance fee, payable at the "iron ranger."

As always, no guests on paddles.

DIRECTIONS:  From I-75, take Exit 158, which is the Tuckers Grade/Cecil B. Webb exit. At the end of the off ramp, take a left at the Babcock-Webb Wildlife Management sign. Go ¼ mile east to the Park entrance/Iron Ranger, go straight ahead to a building and turn right along the paved lake road.  Pass the restrooms on the right and maybe 200 yards after that, see a boat ramp on the left. Look for my bright blue Dodge Caravan. 

 From Hwy. 41 go south through Punta Gorda and through the Burnt Store/Jones Loop traffic lights. Continue south 3 miles to the flashing lights and take a left (east). Follow the signs to I-75 and SCR 672 East (about 2 miles.) Go under I-75 and continue for about ¼ mile to the Park entrance.

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  • Marty P

    Joyce..: )
    Awesome group, great scenery too. This day has made the top of my list.
    Thanks you ....... Roxanne for the really, really great pictures.


    February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow Joyce, you ordered fabulous weather! Fun group to paddle with as always :-).

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • Joyce

    Great group, perfect weather, gorgeous scenery (shared water with a group of thousands). The only disappointment was finding Peace River closed on Mondays : (

    February 10, 2014

  • Jack M.

    Business interrupts, don't think I'll make it,

    February 10, 2014

  • Amy

    House guests arrived early. Next time...

    February 9, 2014

  • Carl

    Yea...Monn...(as Bob Marley would say...)

    February 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member


    February 9, 2014

  • Joyce

    The weather forecast is really good for tomorrow...maybe a little fog when driving down, but no wind, no rain and warm for the paddle.

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Amy

    Looking forward to meeting fellow paddlers.

    February 3, 2014

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