I have done this trip several times and loved it every trip. Lots of wildlife, beautiful scenery. the Backwaters will have several channels, back waters bays, and islands. There will be a need to stay together. I would hate to loose someone. I will have maps to handout. A compass is a good idea to bring. 10:45 will be a leave time so come early. There is plenty of parking. I will paddle unless there is a thunder storm. Then I will wait until the storm passes. Expect a 4-5 hr. paddle.
There will likely be boat, cruiser, and barge traffic. I'm sure we can avoid them. But could cause a wake.
Bring: Lunch, water, sun gear, rain gear, a gallon zip bag for the map. And a compass is a good idea.
Every one must be responsible to know where they are
I will have a sign in and check out sheet so I can tell if some one didn't return. Last week there were 49 paddlers and I couldn't keep track of every one.