I am concerned about parking at the campground, they do not have overflow parking and limited space at the launch. If you are not camping or have arranged for a parking pass from a camper you will need to exit the campground by 10pm.
I suggest if you are not camping PLEASE launch from the Port St. John Boat Ramp http://www.brevardcounty.us/ParksRecreation/North/PSJBoatRamp/Activities.
It is about 2 miles south of the campground. You can paddle north and those of us launching from the campground can paddle south and we can Meetup.
The bioluminescence is in the lagoon right off the launches and in that whole area. You don't need to paddle far. And it needs to be dark, so I suggest after 8pm.
Potluck at the campground pavilion - Saturday 6pm!
Titusville is about a 3.5 hour drive from Fort Myers on the East coast.
I did this last year with another group and it was amazing! So this year, I am posting it for our group.
Bioluminescence is a form of luminescence, or "cold light" emission by living organisms. Bioluminescence is a form of chemiluminescence where light energy is released by a chemical reaction. Fireflies, anglerfish, and other creatures produce the chemicals luciferin (a pigment) and luciferase (an enzyme). The luciferin reacts with oxygen to create light. The luciferase acts as a catalyst to speed up the reaction, which is sometimes mediated by cofactors such as calcium ions or ATP.
In the warm summer months parts of Florida's intercostal waterways, including the Indian River Lagoon begin to experience this Bioluminescence wonder. Any movement in the water produces light! A swirl of your paddle or a school of bait fish darting past often put on an amazing underwater light show.
I will be camping for 3 nights, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at http://www.brevardcounty.us/ParksRecreation/Campgrounds/ManateeHammock/Home#
Manatee Hammock Campground
7275 South U.S. Highway 1
Titusville, FL 32780
The campground is on the shore of the Indian River Lagoon and very nice. You are responsible for your own reservations. The cost per site is $24.42 per night including tax. This would be good for 2 tents and up to 6 people. They allow 2 vehicles per site and you can call for a reservation at[masked]-5083. They accept Visa, Master Card and Discover.
There probably are hotels in the area to stay at but I will leave that to someone else to look into and post information about.
Depending on how many paddlers we have, will depend on the launch site, it might be the campground or the bridge or a restaurant a few miles south of the campground that the group can eat at and has a launch area. More information when time gets closer.
We will plan to paddle both Friday and Saturday nights in the Bioluminescence. Sunset is about 8pm so we will meet about 7:30pm. You do not need to paddle far for the Bioluminescence, last year it was amazing right at the campground. You will need PFD, whistle and lights for your kayak.
Saturday and Sunday we can paddle the lagoon and maybe across to Manatee Cove.
When you RSVP please leave a comment on whether you will be camping or staying in another location.