Bioluminescence Paddle in Titusville, FL

Update:

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
Phone:[masked]

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.

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  • Donna J.

    Thanks to everyone, especially the organizers, Darlene and Juliana, for a most amazing weekend. The bioluminescence was magcial but best of all, we made so many great new friends. It was awesome to meet and paddle with folks from several different groups, and we hope to paddle with you all again soon. Jan is recovering from his strange encounters with fish and boat, but we definitely made a lot of memories that we'll be talking about for a long, long time to come.

    August 25

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you for taking such great photos .. We hope to see you again.. I hope your husband is feeling better..

      1 · August 26

  • Bea W.

    It was an amazing site. Fish jumping across the water looked like shooting stars across the water. There were so many it was crazy there were fish jumping in our boats. Peggy had the first one and I had four two on the way out and two on the way back. I had to stop and get out of my boat to get them out! Loved the beach time. Thanks Diane, Peggy,Val, John, Marie and Deb for making it great. Nice to see everyone at the campground.

    1 · August 25

    • Janet

      hard to spray skirt a SOT

      August 25

    • Tracy A.

      Right on Janet! :-)

      August 25

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for allowing our group to join your unbelievable event .. Everyone was so welcoming and we had a blast .

    . Thank you Darlene you are the best !!!!!

    1 · August 24

    • Darlene

      No THANK YOU! You are a great organizer, you thought of everything for the pot luck. Really enjoyed meeting you and your group. Hope to see you all again soon.

      August 25

  • Linda W.

    First time to see it and hope not the last. It was great to hear others share so many colorful experiences while paddling.

    1 · August 25

  • Jeanette

    Juliana, I really enjoyed meeting you and your group looking forward to kayaking with you soon. Thank you for groups contribution to the event.

    1 · August 25

    • A former member
      A former member

      The same we met so many nice new friends..

      1 · August 25

  • Jeanette

    Thanks Darlene for all you did to make this a fun weekend. I always enjoy seeing you and meeting up with the rest of the group. The Trip was full of great memories, thanks again.

    1 · August 25

  • Tracy A.

    After paddling around here for a year and a half, I finally saw my first manatee which I saw before everyone else. I'd always missed seeing them in.the past. Also saw a dolphin, some spoonbills and other usual shore birds. It was fantastic to meet and paddle with every one during the bioluminesence. Great sunny weather all weekend!

    2 · August 24

  • chuck

    I had a super time thanks to all

    1 · August 24

  • Janet

    Thanks so much everyone I had a good time. The bioluminescence was fantastic and Merritt Island Sanctuary was AWSOME.

    1 · August 24

  • Diana

    So happy to hav finally seen this! Add the dolphins and my trip was complete:)

    August 24

  • Diana

    Darlene and Juliana thanks so much for all your work !!!!

    1 · August 23

  • Peggy

    We went last night also. It was amazing. Deb, Val, Diane and I will see you all at around 5ish

    August 23

  • Darlene

    First night of bioluminescence was fantastic. See everyone tonight at the pot luck at 6:00. We should have enough parking passes for everyone. See me on site 168.

    1 · August 23

  • A former member
    A former member

    We made it safe and sound to the campground our meeting campsite number has changed we are on 67

    August 22

  • John M.

    Good morning all. Definite sighting of Bioluminescence right off the campground pier at 0530 Friday. Spectacular!

    2 · August 22

    • Tracy A.

      Good morning John. That was a breathtaking beautiful sunrise pix you took this a.m. Thanks for sharing. Now I am excited to hit the road within another hour after I get everything loaded up.

      1 · August 22

  • John M.

    Darlene: According to the desk man (Rob), "parking passes" expire @ 10 pm. Fyi.

    August 21

    • A former member
      A former member

      yes they are because then you are a registered guest .. see you all later today

      August 22

    • John M.

      Darlene. You're right. Mirror hanger says "Parking Permit" on it. I have an extra one.

      August 22

  • John M.

    Good morning All. Paddling this morning under starry skies and pretty crescent moon. Darlene: Rob said that "A Day Away" Kayak tours[masked] is a good source of info re biolum. Rob's number at the campground is[masked]

    August 22

  • John M.

    Darlene: the guy at the desk said that local info is that Mosquito Lagoon (Cape Canaveral Nat Seashore) is good for Biolum. Also fishermen mentioned Playa Linda might work (closer to T-ville)

    August 21

  • Evie

    I have 2 extra parking passes too, Darlene...

    August 21

  • John M.

    Hi all. Arrived at the campground Thursday evening. Weather looks good for Fri and Sat. Darlene: I have one extra overnight parking permit for my site (164). I paddled this evening at sunset (8-830) no Biolum at park tonight; there was biolum here last night according to fishermen at the park.

    August 21

  • Tina R.

    5 of us will launch from the Port St John Ramp and meet the rest of the group on the water.

    August 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    Darlene had a point so I am reposting list sorted by item so we do not waste food & we can eliminate a a lot of duplicates.. Tracy Acuff Italian Pasta Salad
    Linda W Appetizer
    John M Baked beans
    Kelly baked beans / cake
    Neeki brownies
    Chuck Brats / Charcoal
    Juliana & Don Charcoal, lighter fluid, s'mores
    Kim & Kristy cheetos
    Sally chips
    Tina B chix
    Joseph dessert
    Donna dessert
    Judy dessert
    Lili green bean casserole
    Kathy macaroni salad
    Robert G mixed fruit
    Linda S noodle slaw dish
    Courtney paper products utensils
    Karen pasta salad
    Leslie potato salad
    Donna potato salad
    Evie pulled pork BBQ
    Jim Frye ribs
    pat salad
    Sandra salad
    George seafood salad
    Tina O side salads
    Darlene swedish Meatballs
    Jeanette vegetarian pasta salad

    August 20

    • Darlene

      Wine is fine, anything in moderation.

      2 · August 21

    • Tracy A.

      If the water should happen to spin before your eyes during the night paddles, you may see a kaleidoscope. :-)

      August 21

  • chuck

    John Music and Singing would be super......

    August 20

    • chuck

      Will sing after a few drinks..

      August 21

    • Lisa H.

      Oh, no, Chuck's going to sing after a few margaritas.....

      1 · August 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a person not going to make it on Friday night so we have 4 spots available on site 160 we are asking if you could donate $7 for the spot to help pay for the site...

    August 21

  • chuck

    I think I am on site 169 not 159
    so look for me or call 7722147661...... friday

    1 · August 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    I understand from another group doing this that glow sticks are preferable while on the water as lights from the kayak disturb the lights in the water. I have no idea if this is true or not, as this is my first time doing this. Any suggestions?

    August 21

    • Janet

      Glow sticks do not destroy night vision as some bright stern lights or flash lights can do.

      1 · August 21

  • Peggy

    Ok I saw the list and I will bring veggies and a dip.

    August 21

    • A former member
      A former member

      great

      August 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    Darlene & I are doing a sign up sheet for the pot luck.. I have an excel spreadsheet going .. I will take info from the comments below ..

    We will have the park grill and hopefully some other people will bring theirs grills along. What I have done with my group was to ask everyone to bring whatever they would like to throw on the grill or their own entree and bring something to share..

    Can you post in the comments if you will be attending the pot luck and what you would like to bring? I have Tracy, Chuck, Deen, and Linda W so far on the list.

    August 18

  • chuck

    what time is happy hour,,,for Saturday /
    I have a bag of charcoal and brats,
    will be setting up my campsite Friday...... lets kayak if there's time on Friday [masked]

    August 20

    • John M.

      Chuck. How do you feel about a little "live entertainment" at Happy Hour? I can bring my guitar if ok with you.

      3 · August 20

    • A former member
      A former member

      Chuck we are camping with Joseph at #167.. see you on Friday

      August 20

  • Darlene

    Oops I see Juliana posted 5:00 for the potluck and I said 6:00. Anytime you get there will be fine! If you have to start a fire and cook then 5:00 would be better. Let's plan to eat at 6:00. How is that??

    1 · August 20

    • Darlene

      To avoid an over abundance of leftovers at the potluck I suggest you bring a serving for 4 of whatever you are bringing. Please be prepared to take your leftovers with you, Thanks!

      August 20

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have reserved the large pavilion for Saturday for our combined meetup pot luck. My group will be about 30 + ppl all plan on BBQ and bringing something to share I have a sign up sheet on what people will be bringing if anyone is keeping track of one from your group? The pavilion has only one grill. I have asked if anyone has an extra portable grill to please bring it.. We are very excited to meet new friends..

    also our group is staying on 167,162, 161. but the majority of us are the Quality Inn ..

    1 · August 18

    • Darlene

      Potluck is at 6:00

      August 20

    • John M.

      Sounds good!

      August 20

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jeff I saw you were hosting something at the hotel .. Can we have more details .. we have several of our group not arriving til Saturday so they may not want to paddle with us during the day .. what day and what time?

    August 14

    • A former member
      A former member

      we have about 28 ppl staying at hotel most arriving on Saturday ..

      August 16

    • A former member
      A former member

      We have 13 rooms booked .. 3 of us arrive on Friday and the rest on Saturday .. My group will be joining the potluck group BBQ at 5:00 at campsite ..

      August 19

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry but I can't make it to this trip. Hope to see you soon.

    August 19

    • Lisa H.

      We'll miss you Anna!

      August 19

  • Deen M

    Unfortunately I had to cancel my trip to Manatee Hammock this weekend due to other priorities. Hope you all will have an enjoyable and safe outing !

    August 19

    • Tracy A.

      Aww shucks! I hope turning a year older today didn't bowl you over, Deen. Gonna miss ya.

      1 · August 19

  • Phil N.

    Good luck on you trip. Have fun.

    1 · August 18

    • Phil N.

      To much work, besides I've seen the little creatures about 30 times while working offshore.

      August 19

    • Tracy A.

      Lucky you, I think I've only seen this once before in my life, which was while paddling up at Wye Island, MD some years ago, but didn't know what this magical mystery was at the time.

      August 19

  • chuck

    I will bring Brats & Charcoal if there is a grill.
    Can I put the brats, in somebody's RV , I am tenting?
    Would like to do a few long paddles in the day.
    chuck [masked]

    1 · August 11

    • Lisa H.

      I could go for a long paddle. Will bring the Cetus!

      1 · August 18

    • chuck

      good I have my current designs GT 17

      August 19

  • chuck

    Looks like good weather.. I am mixing my Margaritas
    and getting ready...Will get a extra parking pass.

    August 18

    • chuck

      no cooler I make my margaritas with silver tequila, limes , triple sec, and some Cointreau .... kosher salt and lime slices I drink mine up.. will bring some yummys also chuck [masked]

      1 · August 18

    • Lisa H.

      Hi Tracy, no I don't have a fancy cooler....I'm bringing a regular blender and a big extension cord! Mine margaritas are much simpler than Chucks - you'll have to judge between the two. See you Friday!

      1 · August 18

  • James W.

    I previously booked site 170 for Friday and Saturday. It is prepaid but Ruth and I won't be able to make it. Would anyone else like to use it? I can email you the reservation data.

    August 17

    • Darlene

      James, if no one takes your site to camp on, could the group use it for parking. We can get 4 parking passes for those staying in the hotels.

      August 18

    • James W.

      Absolutely!

      August 18

  • Linda W.

    I will be making a couple stops on my way to Titusville and will be traveling over several days starting Tuesday morning so I will need to see how my traveling goes before determining what I can bring to the potluck(s). I will most likely need to keep it simple like dessert and/or appetizer that I can purchase ready made.

    August 18

  • Deen M

    Will be arriving Thursday in my RV with kayaks on a trailer, site #66, staying through Sunday.

    August 18

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are paddling on Friday night, right? I'm coming just for that as I live pretty close.

    August 18

    • Darlene

      Yes, we are planning on it, meet at the campground launch about 7:30-8:00.

      1 · August 18

  • Darlene

    Some info I just received from the campground....

    We have had some very good nights for bioluminescence lately.

    The pavilion is available to all guests in the park.
    There is a grill near the pavilion and you are always welcome to bring your own. Guests that are not camping are welcome in the park until 10pm. They are welcome to launch kayaks here. What some people have done is rent campsites to be able to park their cars and stay as late as they care to. We are allowing 4 parking passes per campsite – if the site is only being used for parking. Any cars without a parking pass will need to leave the park prior to 10pm.
    We allow 2 cars per campsite if you are also camping on the site.

    August 14

    • Darlene

      If you are camping and have only one car on your site and would not mind letting someone use your 2nd car pass please let me know. Thanks

      1 · August 14

  • chuck

    There are a number of good day kayak trips we can do, Moore point, or cast off from Parish island.
    My kayak trips are about 13 miles, about 3 to 4 mph
    depending on the weather conditions

    1 · August 12

    • chuck

      yes we can paddle near cape Canaveral also

      August 12

    • Kees

      Hi chuck, yes would like to paddle from a beach, depending on the surf.

      1 · August 13

  • Joy M.

    Wish I could go:(

    August 11

  • Donna J.

    A group dinner would be nice before the paddle on Saturday night. We could do a potluck or everyone could just bring their own dinner and we eat together. Maybe we could launch at the campground that night. Darlene, your thoughts please.

    3 · July 20

    • Tracy A.

      I can bring my cold vegetarian Italian pasta.

      August 11

    • Deen M

      Bringing fresh cut tropical fruit !

      August 11

  • Linda W.

    I'll bring an appetizer.

    August 11

  • Darlene

    Yes, the trip is still on, even if the site closes! Please update your RSVP if you are NOT coming Also let me know if you are camping or staying somewhere else if you have not already posted a comment.

    AND what evenings you plan to paddle!! I will be there Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.


    I need to figure out where to have everyone launch from with the number of people we have going.

    Would anyone like to go to dinner Sunday night at the Old Florida Grill?


    Thanks Darlene

    August 6

    • Deen M

      I'm in site #66 with motorhome. Will kayak on Friday and Saturday.

      August 10

    • Darlene

      Donna, the beauty of this location is the launch right in the campground so basically you can launch and paddle around or just float 50' off the launch in the middle of the bioluminescence. You can return or stay out as long as you like. This goes for during the day also. Last year we crossed the river and when to a place called Manatee Cove. I plan on doing that again but some may not want to paddle that far. There are many options and I am sure people will be doing different things. We can talk about it when we get there and decide who wants to do what.
      Yes, we will have a Potluck group dinner on Saturday night. Just bring something to share. It is surprising how a potluck usually works out nicely, but then sometimes you may have a time when everyone brings potatoes. If you know what you are bringing you can post it.

      August 11

  • chuck

    Site 159 Friday to Sunday
    Margarita Happy Hour
    will dine out with the Group

    August 7

  • Marie

    I'll be 12min. from the campground at the Best Western Space Shuttle Inn, 3455 Cheney Highway, Titusville, FL 32780 arriving Friday. This is also 4 min. east of the Quality Inn where several people are staying. Yahoo can't wait!!!

    July 28

    • Marie

      I plan on paddling both Fri. and Sat. nights.

      August 7

  • Tracy A.

    SEEKING ASSISTANCE! Howdy paddlers, I'm very excited about coming up there in about 2 1/2 more weeks, but I got a problem that one of you might be able to help me with. There are 3 of us from Ft. Myers area and a good friend of mine from St. Augustine coming down to meet us at Manatee Hammock Campground for the weekend. I have 3 kayaks (2 solos & a tandem) for us 4 people to use; however, my car can only carry 2 kayaks. I am looking for someone from Ft. Myers area who can transport my 3rd kayak up there for the weekend. It's a Wilderness Tarpon 100 SOT. I'd appreciate any help I can get. Please let me know.

    August 6

    • Tracy A.

      BTW, I actually live in Naples - so anyone between Naples & Ft. Myers area, who can help, would be appreciated.

      August 6

    • Tracy A.

      Just to let ya know, one of the paddlers for this trip has graciously volunteered to transport the 3rd kayak for me. So now this is taken care of. See you all out there in about 15 more days!

      August 7

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