Wayne is leading a kayak trip for Manatee County Natural Resources Department and has 5 spots reserved for SAG members.
Paddle - 4 hours on Frog Creek!
We will paddle up Frog Creek, part of the Manatee County Blueways Trails and the Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve. We will launch from the eastern end of Terra Ceia Bay heading directly up Frog Creek and return to the launch.
Wayne will be your volunteer leader.
There aren't many places with such a diversity of habitats as this 3 mile secluded and seldom paddled trail. It is a thriving portrait of old Florida, a freshwater stream surrounded by cypress, palmettos and thick grass, pouring clear water into mangrove jungles, then into Terra Ceia Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The lands are mostly uplands of maritime hammocks and mangrove fringe forests. Various wetland communities such as freshwater creeks, freshwater marshes, karst tidal ponds and estuarine marshes are interspersed within the Preserve. Frog Creek transforms from saltwater mangrove trail to freshwater stream, with much of it brackish.
Our round trip paddle will be approximately 4 hours and 6 miles. This paddle is rated a low-medium difficulty paddle. Previous paddling experience in narrow, winding channels is necessary. The first mile is in, around and through mangroves. You should be able to steer your kayak around tight corners in mild to medium currents. While the rest of the river is wider, you will still need to steer around numerous obstructions.
KAYAK RENTALS: If you need to rent, you will have to make your own arrangements......Sorry about this!
What to bring:
* WATER, 2 liters
* KAYAK, PFD, WHISTLE, etc
* BUG SPRAY
* WATER SHOES
* WATERPROOF CAMERA
Check out the itinerary on Google Maps (be sure to click on 'satellite' view). -------> click here <-------
Directions: From Bradenton, take US41 North, bear left on US19 North. After crossing over Terra Ceia Bay, turn right onto Bayshore Rd. At the 'T' intersection, turn right onto Terra Ceia Rd. Frog Creek Bridge is approximately 1/2 mile.