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Kayaking & Island Camping @ Anclote Key *open water crossing*

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  • Anclote River Park

    1119 Baillies Bluff Rd, Holiday, FL (map)

    28.175054 -82.786883

  • Great details on this trip on this webpage: 

    Florida Rambler - Island Camping: Anclote Key Preserve

    A nice video to get you excited: Kayak Trip to Anclote Key

    Great details on this trip on this webpage: Florida Rambler - Island Camping: Anclote Key Preserve

    • Difficulty: Moderate / Open water

    • Scenery: Excellent

    • Location: Tarpon Springs, Pasco County

    • Distance: 8 miles round trip from Anclote River Park to camping area


    Anclote Key is a Florida State Preserve located three miles off the mainland by the city of Tarpon Springs. The island measures 3 miles long and 1/4 mile wide, making it an ideal place to explore by sea kayak. 

    A fine white sand beach covers the entire gulf side of the island. If you look carefully, you'll find many interesting shells and maybe even a few sand dollars. Sea turtles may be seen in the blue-green waters, particularly near the south end of the island. For the bird watcher, Anclote Key supports over 40 different species on the island, including bald eagle and osprey. Camping is permitted on the north end of Anclote, so bring a tent and sleeping bag and make the trip an overnighter.

    See? She made it...;)

    Looks like 3.5 miles from parking to the island. Here is a map:  Map of our Paddle Path

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  • Roger S.

    If anyone is interested I would be glad to help coordinate the paddle. It would be nice if we could get a small group to go. The weather for the weekend looks good with only a 20% change of rain and winds less than 10 mph. Just a little about myself. I am retired and have been paddling for years. One of my favorite paddling places is the everglades where I have paddled from Everglades City to Flamingo twice and have done multiple paddles both in the gulf and bays. I am able to car pool to Tarpon Springs from my home in Tampa. I can take three additional kayaks and gear if anyone is interested.

    October 7

  • Roger S.

    Carrie... I agree this is not a paddle for those that have never ventured out into large waters. I would be glad to go with a small group of paddlers.

    October 7

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Roger - Possibly..., but Tom & I don't really want to be responsible for those that aren't quite used to paddling. Thanks for posting :)

    October 7

  • Sharon

    I went to Anclote by ferry last Sunday, and it was pretty choppy, also quite a long trip if we are pushing off at the park. Sine it also looks like rain this weekend, and me not confident in my kayak, I am going to wait until next spring/summer for a trip like this. Thanks.

    October 7

  • Roger S.

    While Karl will not be able to go on this paddling weekend I see no reason to cancel the trip. I assume that many folks have been planning this trip for some time. As adults we should be able to organize at the launch site so that all can safely get to and from the island. I hope that others feel that would like to go and we can make this trip happen in the absents of Karl. Let's discuss!

    October 7

  • Karl

    I am having to cancel** this Ancelote Key camping as I am unprepared as Host and do not want to have anyone in an event without good leadership in place.

    If I can get 2 very experienced people to volunteer to lead the trip then by all means it can stay up..

    October 4

  • Diane

    Would love to do this, but have out-of-state family coming for the weekend.

    October 4

  • William K.

    Hey guys, I just moved to the area and this looks like fun. So we can do just a day trip from this location? I don't have all my camping gear here.

    September 29

    • Sharon

      I would be another one of those "day-trippers"­. Only thing is, if there is any wind at all, I won't be coming, because I have not bought the kayak I had planned to use for this trip, and my other one is not so great for open sea, as Karl well knows. So I will be watching the weather closely.

      September 29

    • Paola L.

      I would also be interested in a day trip.

      October 1

  • Roger S.

    I understand that the campground has a composting toilet. I have not been there so others may have details. It is best to be prepared and bring TP and alcohol hand hygiene gel.

    2 · September 17

  • patricia

    Does the park have toilet facilities? If not what do we do?

    1 · September 17

  • Penny

    Had to cancel. Family event on Sunday that I can't miss. Have fun.

    September 4

    • Karl

      Oh no! Well you will be missed Penny!

      September 4

  • ivonne k.

    I own a pretty sturdy inflatible kayak would this kind of boat be suitable for the open water crossing? This would be my first open water crossing.
    Thanks.

    August 25

    • Allan N.

      I was getting you into trouble. I used to jump out of planes, and would advise you to do that as well!

      1 · August 31

    • ivonne k.

      No worries Allan

      September 4

  • Allan N.

    OK, I'll be the guy who drives the van while everyone else rides their bikes. I have a skiff in the north channel of gulf harbors (google maps?). We can ferry out what ever creature comforts and combustibles needed. I might even go out Friday and set up a spot. This gets me out of dishwashing, right? I just want to play bocce. (sp?)

    1 · July 6

    • Karl

      And anyway...if we can't carry on our kayaks...then I'm ok with doing without for one night ;$

      July 6

    • Allan N.

      Either way will be fun for me. There's plenty of wood out there from the massive cutting of invasive trees a while back, but the bars have all closed and the restaurants are lacking. I guess the birds didn't tip well. Anyway, I probably won't be able to wait until Saturday and head out Friday night, get bored with solo bocce and come back to paddle/boat on Saturday and maybe go back out until Monday! Thinking about going today. Such is my condition.

      2 · July 7

  • Scott J.

    Hey Karl, it would be really cool to get a bunch of wood out to the island to make a huge bonfire at night, I wonder if anyone in our group has a small rowboat with a 10hp on it, that we could fill with wood. I don't think we will have much room in our kayaks because of the camping gear, food, etc. Or you and I can tie ropes to all the empty kayaks at the island and pull them back to load with wood, heheheheh now that would be a sight ...

    July 6

    • Karl

      Good idea. I'll try to find someone to transport the wood. Bonfires would be awesome

      July 6

  • Scott J.

    I just went there a few weeks ago with Tampa Bay Sea kayakers, it will be a great place to camp and hang out.

    1 · July 6

    • Karl

      Thats great Scott! Did you guys camp or go over for the day?

      July 6

    • Scott J.

      We went for the day ...

      July 6

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