Description ( click here to see chart) - SK2-SK3 (distance 17-19 miles/ speed 3.5+ mph)
Why not start off the new year with a nice long trip! It's what some of you have been asking for.... Just don't RSVP if you're planning a major hangover - paddling through it is not a lot of fun!
The New River Loop forms a 25-mile-long circle that links a series of conservation areas, parks, and cultural and historic sites--all within metropolitan Ft. Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida. It encompasses almost all of Fort Lauderdale's New River's north and south forks, the Tarpon and Stranahan Rivers, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Dania Cut-off and New River Canals. This loop is part of the Broward Urban River Trails.
Why SK2-SK3? There are three challenging aspects to this trip:
1. Dania Cutoff Canal at US-1 - narrow bridge and swift currents.
2. Port Everglades - can be very choppy at times and a lot of boat traffic.
3. Total paddle distance will be between 17-18 miles.
Are you capable of doing this trip? I am leaving that to your judgment. The most important rule to keep in mind is to know your abilities! "Can I do a self rescue in choppy water? Am I the master of my kayak or does it master me? Am I comfortable sitting in my kayak for 4-5 hours?"
If you have any questions email the organizer.
LAUNCH TIME - Plan to launch starting at 7AM, with a "move out" time of 7:30AM. DO NOT BE LATE - the trip will be leaving on time.
TRIP DETAILS - Launch point is at the boat ramps at the east side of Harbour Towne Marine, next to the I. T. Parker Community Center (26° 3'33.36"N 80° 7'40.18"W). This site gives us the best chance to have the current with us most of the trip, and those who have done this trip can attest that it's best to have the current with you or slack tide. We should be on the water by the times indicated above. We will head west on the Dania Cutoff Canal to near US441. At this point there will be a turnoff available to the NE which leads under I-595/SR84 to the South Fork of the New River. At the New River we will turn east and follow the river out to the ICW, turning south to pass under the 17th Street Causeway bridge into Port Everglades. Once in the Port we will hug the east side of the channel until we reach the Port entrance channel, where we will turn east to the point where the channel narrows. When traffic allows we will paddle across the entrance channel toward the Nova Research Center and USCG base, then south on the ICW to the Dania Cutoff Canal, then west on the canal to the launch.
FOOD/DRINK Bring lunch/snacks - we plan to break for lunch at Bill Keith Preserve Park on the South Fork of the New River at 26° 5'57.06"N 80° 9'55.05"W - just east of the I-95 bridge. Water is a necessity, other tasty drinks are an option too.
WEATHER Rain will not stop this trip but, lightning and thunder will. There needs to be no evidence of lightning and thunder for at least a half hour before the trip start, and if it moves in we will seek appropriate shelter.
PARKING Parking is available at the ramp area - use the single car parking, not the trailer parking, as this is a busy ramp.
LAUNCH SITE This trip launches from the boat ramps at the east side of Harbour Towne Marine, next to the I. T. Parker Community Center (26° 3'33.36"N 80° 7'40.18"W). Please visit this launch online using Google Maps before you attempt to drive here - it's not easy to find!
GEAR BASICS plus VHF, SELF RESCUE GEAR, PERSONAL GEAR*, SUN CLOTHING, lunch & snacks. Please visit the GEAR page link for specifics!