Kayak Trip to Stiltsville!

RATING - Intermediate SK3, approx 6-7 miles, 3+ hours, Medium Speed, open water crossing, tidal rips possible.

Enjoy a morning tour of Biscayne National Park and the remaining structures of Stiltsville.

For more info check out the Cape Florida State Park site.

 

TRIP DESCRIPTION - We'll launch from the beach in an area specifically set aside by the park for kayaks. The trip goes south along the ocean side of Key Biscayne past the Cape Florida Lighthouse, across a boat channel and onto the flats that surround Stiltsville.  We will head southwest through the houses, perhaps stopping off for a bite if we are invited aboard.  Please bear in mind that these are private structures, and while we may be invited to visit, we're not entitled to board. After reaching the furthest point southwest we will return by a different route.

TRIP TIMING - Please plan on being in line at the gate when the park opens at 8AM, and in the water and paddling away at 9AM.  The tide will be high shortly after we launch, and will be falling while we are exploring - we do not want to get stuck on the flats at low tide!

CONDITIONS - The winds can be stiff and the seas choppy at times. Current can be noticeable in the deeper channels, especially around Cape Florida.  Tidal rips  are known to occur over the bar southeast of the Cape Florida light.  Please assess conditions prior to launch in light of your own capabilities.

WEATHER - We are making this an early trip to avoid afternoon thunderstorms, but will cancel the trip if early storms move through.  We will take shelter as necessary if we are caught out by a storm.

KAYAK RENTALS - Are not available for this trip.  If you reallllly want to go and don't have a kayak, it's been observed that begging in the comments sometimes makes kayaks appear.  Option "B" would be to copilot a tandem, there's a few of those in the group.

PARK ACCESS - Access to the park is $5 per car for up to 8 people or $3 for a single driver only.  We will meet immediately after the park opens at the Northeast parking lot (first left, less than 1/4 mile after the gate).

LAUNCH - Bring a kayak cart if you have one, it's 755 feet of path and sand from the closest point in the parking lot to our launch site.

LUNCH - Bring one!  Also plenty of water to drink.

GEAR - BASICS plus SUN CLOTHING, SELF RESCUE GEAR, VHF.  Please visit the GEAR page link for specifics!

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  • Jeanette

    Great pictures, thanks to all for sharing.

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • Jeanette

    Very nice group, great day on the water.

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • Dina B.

    What an awesome day! Beautiful weather, great scenery, fun people! Thanks, Whitney!

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • Roger S.

    Great trip- the weather prediction was wrong again. If anyone wants high-resolution versions of the pictures I posted, let me know.

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Terri

    Loved it

    June 23, 2013

  • Phil R

    A Beautiful day on the water with great people, who could ask for more?

    June 23, 2013

  • Mandy A.

    Thank so much Dina, the kayak was fantastic!

    June 23, 2013

  • Mandy A.

    Amazing! Challenging paddle but was very comfortable with Whitney leading the way :-)

    June 23, 2013

  • Michelle

    Hopefully I can go the next time...Have fun!

    June 22, 2013

  • Louise

    Sorry change of plans. hope to catch you on the next adventure!

    June 22, 2013

  • Phil R

    Remember to bring cash for the entry into the park and also the toll on the causeway. Looking forward to this trip big time! Have never been to Stiltsville, it has been on my to-do list for years.

    2 · June 21, 2013

  • DJ

    I'd love to join, but am still begging for single kayak and/ or share a tandem?

    June 20, 2013

  • Hector

    I can't wait to finish building my kayak so that I can go on this trip. Most probably the next one.

    June 18, 2013

  • Susan

    About what time do you except to by back by?

    June 19, 2013

  • Susan F.

    Change of plans....see ya next time!

    June 19, 2013

  • yvette

    I have to back out .. No kayak

    June 18, 2013

    • Whitney

      If you're thinking of going still, I'm sending out a note asking for kayaks for anyone who is lacking.

      1 · June 18, 2013

    • Michelle

      Thanks Whitney. I'm in need of one too.

      June 19, 2013

  • Michelle

    Are there any kayaks to rent or share? I would love to go but Im yakless

    June 17, 2013

    • Whitney

      You may wish to sign up for the trip to make sure you get any announcements.

      1 · June 18, 2013

  • DJ

    This will be my first time on this trip. I'd love to join, but am begging for single kayak and/ or share a tandem?

    1 · June 14, 2013

  • Lynn

    I'm going out of town. Hoping for another chance later this summer!

    June 6, 2013

  • Dina B.

    Ok, Mandy, you're all set. I have a kayak, paddle & pfd for you.

    1 · June 5, 2013

    • Mandy A.

      Thank you sooooo much!

      June 5, 2013

  • Louise

    Hi Dina & Mandy, thank you both for your generosity I FOUND A KAYA, yehhhhh. Dina go ahead and share with Mandy and I'll see you all on the 23rd.

    1 · June 4, 2013

    • Mandy A.

      Very cool :-)

      June 4, 2013

    • Dina B.

      Ok great! Now I get shrimp salad! :)

      1 · June 5, 2013

  • Mandy A.

    Still begging for a kayak to borrow, lol......:-)

    June 4, 2013

  • Dina B.

    I have another kayak I can share, but I don't want to decide between Louise & Mandy (although shrimp salad sounds good). I can bring a kayak. Anyone else, so both can go?

    1 · June 2, 2013

    • Mandy A.

      Dina, let Louise go, I will take the next one that (hopefully) someone offers. Wouldn't want you to have to decide. Just please let me know if she decides not to go :-)

      June 4, 2013

  • yvette

    Anyone need a co-pilot?

    June 3, 2013

  • Missy

    I'm a new member, have my own yaks. Hopefully I will be able to make this event!

    June 3, 2013

  • Dina B.

    Whitney, I changed my mind about the kayak for my son. I'm not bringing him.

    June 2, 2013

  • Mandy A.

    Would love to go but have no kayak. Begging for one didn't work last time, so this time I will try bribery. I will share my homemade Maryland shrimp salad and fresh fruit for lunch :-)

    June 2, 2013

  • Louise

    Hi everyone, I would to join in but don't have a kayak. Does anyone have an extra one they'd be willing to lend or I'd be willing to co-pilot?

    June 1, 2013

  • Roger S.

    I haven't been out to Stiltsville since ... April. One of the best local paddling trips on a calm day.

    May 31, 2013

  • Larry

    Just bought my Kayak last weekend taking it out this weekend to practice and to practice self rescue in a pool. Hope to be ready for these types of trips soon.

    May 31, 2013

  • yvette

    I have dive yaks.. Inflatable ... Which drags a lot of water .. I will need a kayak for this trip ... I've done it before with a rental and know it would be too difficult with mine

    May 29, 2013

  • yvette

    whats the rental fee for single kayak? tandem kayak?.. im not bringing my kayak

    May 16, 2013

    • Whitney

      Sorry, but we're just a paddling group, and though we do schedule trips where either on-site rentals or outfitter delivery happen, this is not one of them.

      May 23, 2013

  • Susan F.

    Love that trip...new member

    May 11, 2013

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