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The 2011 Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival is mere weeks away. It’s going to be the highest-quality, best-attended event yet in our six year history. Make plans to join us.
Most of this year’s events happen around the Sanibel Causeway (first island, called by locals and parks types as Island A) and the corridor leading down to the picturesque Causeway.
Just in time for the 2011 festival, Lee County Parks & Recreation has launched its state-of-the-art smart-phone application to help you navigate the trail. Click here to read more.
The Calusa Blueway Kayak Fishing Tournament is Nov. 5, with the captains’ meeting Nov. 4. New this year: online pre-registration. Grand prize is a Pro Angler fishing kayak from Hobie and Estero River Outfitters. Click here to enter. The Calusa Dash is Nov. 5 and the Calusa Classic is Nov. 6. Check out the details here. Register by clicking here.
If you don’t want to wait till Nov. 3 to start the festival, join us Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Rutenberg Park in South Fort Myers for our annual Photo Contest Reception and Speakers’ Event. It’s free and fun for shutterbugs and water-loving, camera-carrying paddlers. Plus at this event, you can buy your four-day pass and your festival event shirts as well as a raffle ticket to win the 16-foot Luna kayak donated by O-Sea-D Aquatic Adventures. Click here for event details. Click here to find out who won.
Several paddling clubs are leading trips. Join Southwest Florida Paddling Club, Tampa Bay Sea Kayakers or Paradise Coast Paddling Club, to name a few. Scroll through the schedule and find what fits your needs. Click here.
SPEAKERS SPEAK OUT
Last time, we told you about our great speaker line up this year. See the array of options here. You can check out who is doing what when at our main festival events – such as the Causeway -- by clicking here. Learn to cook better when you kayak with Michael Gray. Learn how to use your GPS with Ken Fink. Talk about efficient core paddling with Greg Stamer. And more!
TRANSPORTATION & PARKING
The festival trolley is your best option to avoid the $6 Sanibel Causeway vehicle toll, and there is very limited parking on Causeway Island A. Check out the trolley schedule here. Race-day parking is available for competitors who arrive during the 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. race registration time. If you can, why not paddle to the site? Launching options are abundant and the paddle to the Causeway is loaded with wildlife. When you get there, a Lee County Parks & Recreation volunteer will keep an eye on your boat while you explore the festival. There will be a designated “parking” area on shore for kayaks, canoes and SUPs. Click here to see a map of launch sites nearby.
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