LIL' MANATEE RIVER FROM RUSKIN TO STATE PARK AND BACK

  • May 4 · 9:00 AM
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With consideration of this week-ends high water level from the massive rains and flood warnings the state has been under all week and heading our way; Last week I decided on this area as it starts very open and clear. we will paddle toward the narrow part of the Little manatee River. You may find that starting at the narrow part of the river (we are not) you may be in the trees as the river will be higher and much wider. Sunday will be a dry day after the rain so there should be much wildlife. Bring your camera as the river will be wider and shaped differently than you are used too.

 Join me if you want.  I am kayaking up the Little Manatee from Ruskin to the State Park in Wimauma, then paddle back. I have done this trip a dozen or so times with Kayak Dayz. An hour into the paddle have lunch on an island. I will bring a stove and table to cook Quesadilla.  Then continue up the windy river as it goes from salt water to fresh water, it will get narrower and narrower, full of wildlife including the famous Little Manatee White Squirrels. This is an easy paddle even though it is 7 miles each way. Paddle with the incoming tide from the bay and paddle or float back with the current from the source then meet the out going current from the bay. We will be back at our cars around 4-5:30pm.

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Post on the comment board what dish you will bring for the potluck?

LINK TO PAST PHOTO ALBUM OF THIS PADDLE:  http://www.meetup.com/Kerry-s-Kayak-Dayz-Paddles-Trips-Guided-Tours-Florida/photos/1462251/

2009 PHOTO ALBUM WITH MORE WHITE SQUIRRELS: http://www.meetup.com/Kerry-s-Kayak-Dayz-Paddles-Trips-Guided-Tours-Florida/photos/730521/

LINK TO 10 DAY WEATHER REPORT: http://www.intellicast.com/Local/Weather.aspx?location=USFL0431

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  • Lisa

    Terrific time meeting new friends and kayaking with Kerry Delicious goodies, private island and wonderful time kayaking!

    May 6

  • jay fernandez

    it was a great day in the sun and sharing pot-luck. Kudos to Kerry and great group of people.

    May 5

  • Gerry

    ...firs time kayaking with the group and had a blast...gorgeous day!!! Thanks to the crew for helping me get around!! Great meeting you guys!!

    May 5

  • Gerry

    bringing a rice dish..

    May 4

  • Kerry Glenn.

    Kerry will bring a table, stove, pan and cook cheese quesadilla..... Annie will bring a fruit bowl....... Please post below what you and your guest's will bring for potluck

    1 · May 2

    • jay fernandez

      I will an artichoke spread with pita chips. John Jackson and Lucy will bring cheese and crackers.

      May 3

    • Lisa

      Ill bring Danish cookies

      May 4

  • Gerry

    Wow...this sounds awesome!!! ...love the pics and i live close by...so I'm in!! This is my first time going with Kayak Dayz. I've hiked the Little Manatee State Park several times and have always wondered what it would be like to kayak the river.

    May 3

  • A former member
    A former member

    very much appreciated!

    1 · May 2

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am going to TRY to get my kayak on top of my SUV and strapped down by myself. If I am successful, I will be there. If not, I won't be there, and wish you a great fun time.

    May 1

    • A former member
      A former member

      thank you so much. I am in Venice. I really want to do this myself. we'll see if I can.

      1 · May 2

    • Kerry Glenn.

      FYI, If needed. delete if not.I recommend putting a blanket on the top of the back window to protect your plastic and paint. fold in your side mirrors. find an area out of the wind. if a heavy or longer kayak put the bow on your roof on the blanket far enough so it will not slide side ways, lift the stern and slide straight up the middle or what ever type of rack you may have. If a short light kayak you can properly lift from the center and place between the rack rails or center of the roof from the side. Remember to use a blanket to protect paint and either a roof rack, kayak rack or foam blocks to get the proper clearance between the kayak and the roof. 2 cam straps one in front of cowl and one behind will keep kayak from going side ways foward or back. A bow line and stern line to the car frame is not really necessary however this does add more security and really makes D.O.T. smile. Hope this helps, Kerry

      1 · May 2

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