Fisheating Creek -- Burnt Bridge Paddle

Rick Poston is headed to the creek again and has room for a total of 14 paddlers.  The water levels are good and creek is flowing.  That usually means the mosquitoes are down.

For those of you who have never been to Fisheating Creek, you have been missing one of the most unique and genuine paddling experiences in the State of Florida. During the down river paddle, you may see Swallow-tailed Kites, Sandhill Cranes, Woodstorks, Hawks and many types of Herons. Fisheating Creek is also home to innumerable alligators, turtles, wading birds, and much more. Don't be surprised if you hear large hogs rummaging through the forest around you. The photo-ops on this paddle are second to none.

The Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area is the place experienced paddlers from all persuasions of paddling interests call their favorite. We are proposing for those of you who would enjoy a little Wilderness away from home a one day outing to do half the river, with lunch, perhaps a swim at the big oak tree and be home by 5:00 P.M.

DISTANCE & DIFFICULTY: The paddle is approximately 7.5 miles and is suitable for beginners with some paddling experience. The trip will be assisted by the river current.  You will paddle through cypress forests, small lakes and wider river sections which all make up Fisheating Creek.

You should be back to the outfitters by 3:00 P.M. and then home by 5:30 P.M., unless you stop for dinner on the ay home.

Livery Service to Burnt Bridge: Only the outfitter has access to the water.  You cannot drive to the launch site on your own.  They will take the boats, and paddlers, up by trailer to the launch site.

REGISTRATION:  You must pre-pay to be guaranteed a place in the group. Register at http://form.jotform.us/form/32275825772158  If you RSVP and do not pay within 24-hours, your RSVP may be changed by the organizer to "No."  Sorry folks, Rick got stuck paying a hefty sum last time when people who RSVPd yes were late and missed the transport, and others who never showed.  Space is limited for this very special paddle.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The livery van is limited to 14-passengers.  This means that if you are late you will have to pay for a second livery and will be on your own.

DO NOT BE LATE. You must be there and ready to go by 8:15 a.m. They will leave without you and there will not be a refund for the first livery.  We are paying for the bus-load and sharing the cost equally.  If you cancel at the last minute, sorry, no refund either.  However, if the paddle is cancelled by the organizer, or the concessionaire, your share of the cost will be promptly returned via PayPal.

The Caravan & Travel Time: This is a bit of a drive but well worth the effort. Travel time to the launch point is about 2 1/2 hours from Miami, 2 hours from Ft. Lauderdale, about an hour and change from Ft. Myers. You may drive on your own or meet Rick Poston at the parking lot on the South side of the Dolphin Mall at 6:00 A.M. and caravan up to the N.W. corner of Lake Okeechobee to the Management Area to be there by 8:00 A.M. in time for the livery to take all paddlers and boats up to the put-in (which is called Burnt Bridge). If you have any questions you are welcome to call Rick Poston at (305) 310-2969.

What to bring: You will need to bring your lunch, drinks, a hat, lotion and the usual. This is a wilderness area and it has plenty of wildlife including most of the creatures associated with comparable areas all over the State.

Some links of interest:

A Bit of History About Fisheating Creek:

myfwc.com/viewing/recreation/wmas/lead/fisheating-creek/history/

1990 Article from the Miami Herald[/url] Fisheating Creek is a 52 mile-long creek that drains water from Highlands County into Lake Okeechobee in South Central Florida. Until a few years ago the Creek was mostly private land with no public access, until the State of Florida bought the property and turned it into a part of the Florida Trails Program.

http://www.floridageomatics.com/publications/legal/submerged1.htm

Rentals: You can rent canoes or kayaks at the outfitters.  If you have a kayak you are of course welcome to bring it with you. They have some smaller ones (approximately 8’0”) there also for rent. Children over 12 are welcome but must be accompanied by their parent or parents.

DISCLAIMER: This is not guided tour, this is a club paddle. We are a group of kayaking enthusiasts out for a good time. We helps each other, learn from each and enjoy the privilege of being. By participating in any of our paddles you assume all risks and responsibilities for your personal health and safety and for your equipment. It is important for everyone that each participant be prepared for the trip. Please use your discretion and best judgment when joining a trip. Be sure you are up to the paddle -- physically, mentally and that your equipment is appropriate for the intended trip. Intermediate to Advanced Paddles are for those who have substantial experience, skill, and solid knowledge of boat handling and self-rescues. Kayaking has inherent risks. Often, we are the smallest boats on the water. We each individually assume these risks, and more, each time we go out on the water. See you on the water!

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  • Chantal M

    Manna for the soul. Absolutely wonderful.

    August 25, 2013

    • Chantal M

      I uploaded some. I cold email to you if you want.

      August 28, 2013

    • Mike

      Please [masked] I'll share with the other Mike Just select your favs

      August 28, 2013

  • Chantal M

    How about a kayak trip down the Loxahatchee River? Maybe this weekend???

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • Mike

    Thanks Rick, You're the Man!! Fantastic trip and a great bunch of people. Would do it again anytime.

    August 26, 2013

  • Susan

    Thanks Rick, my daughter and I had an amazing time. Prettiest paddle I've been on so far. Wonderful group of people, enjoyed all of you. We had a lot of good laughs. Look forward to seeing everyone on the next trip.

    August 25, 2013

  • Kathy

    Thank you for everything, what a beautiful paddle and a great group of people. truly enjoyable. Kathy

    August 25, 2013

  • Lucas G.

    Thanks again, Rick. Count me in any time you do this creek. Lucas

    August 25, 2013

  • Rick P.

    This turned out to be a great paddle, with perfect weather and an even better group of people. Thank you for everyone being on time and I hope you also enjoyed the trip (how could you not) as I did. The creek looks fantastic right now and has obviously been well maintained over the recent past. The water level was perfect and the old swinging tree just as inviting as ever.

    August 25, 2013

  • Chantal M

    Thanks Rick. Was a pleasure kayaking with you. A trip to remember and repeat.
    Chanchal

    August 25, 2013

  • Mike

    Let's talk equipment. I've got the option of using a 16 foot plastic Wilderness Systems or a 17 foot Kevlar CD Solstice. Both are sit in old beaters but are drastically different in terms of weight and maneuverability. For this type of slow float, I'm leaning toward the heavier more maneuverable plastic. Am I overthinking this? Of course I am - its one of my passions! Help me to overthink it.

    August 18, 2013

    • Sharon

      Mike it was nice meeting you. Hope you do more trips with the club. Best people ever. Sharon and Ernie

      August 24, 2013

    • Mike

      Thanks Sharon, You two were great. I look forward to more.

      August 24, 2013

  • Marc S.

    Thanks Rick - it was a great trip. If it weren't for you we would still be out there trying to find our way.

    August 24, 2013

  • Mike

    Excellent

    August 24, 2013

  • Sharon

    Thanks again Rick. Your the best

    August 24, 2013

  • John D.

    Wonderful trip. Rick gave us some very interesting details, and the river is absolutely amazing in it's scenery. I could only describe it as primordial and serene.
    Paddling downstream all the way is also a nice plus.

    August 24, 2013

  • Flex 029 K.

    This is an awesome paddle, wish I could be there!!
    Hiked FEC last spring, this is what you can look forward to:
    http://awakenthegrass.wordpress.com/trips/land/fisheating-creek-wma/

    August 23, 2013

  • Marc S.

    All paid up.

    August 21, 2013

  • Rick P.

    With a drop out today fthere remains one spot open for the trip if anyone is interested.

    August 21, 2013

  • Norm

    I am unable to get organized with my guest, so I'm giving up my spot. It's a wonderful trip, I'll have to try another time.

    August 21, 2013

  • Rick P.

    Norm, that is an option. You will have to pay for the ride up to Burnt Bridge on the site here and then pay them directly for the rental up there.Rick

    August 20, 2013

  • Norm

    Are we open to the option of renting on e of their canoes? (2 person)

    August 20, 2013

  • Rick P.

    I meant to say Mark and Norm. Norm, are you bringing the sail rig? Rick

    August 20, 2013

  • Rick P.

    Marc, you and Roger should be able to complete the application now. If you have any more problem give me a call at[masked]

    August 20, 2013

  • Marc S.

    I am now on the trip. Great. But when I go to pay it says "form unavailable". Please advise. Thanks.

    August 20, 2013

    • Rick P.

      Mark, I will get it straightened out for you some time this afternoon or tomorrow morning.You are now on the list. I have to communicate with the "form" people and than I will get back to you. Today I am in the Keys. Rick

      August 20, 2013

    • Marc S.

      Thanks.

      August 20, 2013

  • Mike Noguer (.

    Rick, ive released my space. See u next time my friend. Thank u

    August 20, 2013

  • Rick P.

    I would like to suggest that anyone who to date has not registered and completed payment to PayPal for the paddle on Saturday that you do so by 12:00 Noon on Tuesday. At that time without your submission, I will open the trip up to paddlers on the waiting list.

    August 19, 2013

    • Beatriz C.

      Hi Rick, i just paid for 1 single kayak for me and 1 tandem for my sister and brother in law, Maru and Al Gomez.

      August 19, 2013

    • Beatriz C.

      we are already in the waiting list

      August 19, 2013

  • Rick P.

    it should be noted that the outfitter at Fisheating Creek does not provide a guide to do the river. If you have never done the river or been with someone who has I would wait until you do. You can get lost up there - if another trip is set up there needs to be someone who is familiar with the river on the trip.

    August 19, 2013

    • Pat O.

      Rick is right. In the last couple years they've put up more signs but if you miss one you'll paddle to a dead end and then paddle back to look for an arrow. Also right now the water level is so high it's covering some of the ground which makes it a challenge to find the "creek".

      August 19, 2013

  • Susan

    Has anyone managed to set up a second group to go out on this trip. If so I have one interested in joining you.

    August 19, 2013

  • Rick P.

    Mike you are over thinking it. Any boat will be fine. Just do what you feel is the most comfortable. I personally would take the plastic Wilderness boat. Rick

    August 18, 2013

  • Doug B.

    Anyone interested in trying to set up a 12 noon trip on the same day? Looks like we can make reservations as individuals...

    August 18, 2013

    • Esther

      Doug, lets talk offline. There are two ways to do this, as a group, or direct reservation with the outfitter. Group is subject to outfitter approval, deposit, etc.

      August 18, 2013

  • Lucas G.

    I may have messed up on the instructions, but after I registered I went on the Paypal link, paid, got a receipt from Naguchi, and then saw I was on the waiting list. Can this amount be applied to a possible noon separate outing? Can i get a refund? Better still, won't someone please find something else to do next Saturday! I'd be okay, if nothing else, to go separately at noon, though that's gotta be a more punishing weather time in Florida's August. Lucas

    August 18, 2013

    • Esther

      Not to a second trip. Refund won't be a problem. I suggest you wait a day or two.

      August 18, 2013

  • Marc S.

    Hi,

    I'm on the wait list. Can I wait to see if I get in before paying, or, if I pay now and don't get on, will I get a refund?

    August 17, 2013

    • Esther

      Pay only when you're on the yes list

      August 18, 2013

  • Rick P.

    Marc, you can't pay unless a spot opens for the trip at which time you could then register. I can say that is unlikely that anyone on the list initially and who have already paid will drop off but you never know.

    August 18, 2013

  • Rick P.

    Mike, I could pick you up (and additional cars if there) as I come by the intersection of I-75 on U.S. 27 where it intersects I-75 (which is going West at that point). You could park on the right shoulder just pass the bridge somewhere. I would be coming by at between 6:00 and 6:15 A.M. My cell is (305) 310-2969. You should be there by 6:00 A.M. and mail me at [masked] with your cell #. Rick

    August 17, 2013

    • Mike

      Sounds good, will coordinate later this week

      August 17, 2013

  • Luis y M.

    Rick, wished you had decided to do this on a Sunday... Maybe next time. Have fun !

    August 17, 2013

  • Lucas G.

    This must be a hot venue, 'cause I replied as soon a I saw the email and I seem to still be second on the waiting list. Hey, if someone wants to drop out to make room, I'll come over and mow your lawn as consolation! Heck, I'll ride on the bumper of the outfitter's van! Lucas

    August 17, 2013

  • Chantal M

    Hello, I did pay but I am bringing my own kayak. I do understand that the outfitters charge for transporting personal kayaks anyway.
    So, is the payment for that?

    August 17, 2013

    • Chantal M

      Thanks and really looking forward to this wonderful adventure...

      August 17, 2013

  • Mike

    I'm in Hwd, what about joining the caravan as you pass by going North? Or, if there's anyone else from this area going maybe we could gather at a location to join up.

    August 17, 2013

  • Mike

    Hi, I'd like to attend. Have my own boat. How do I pay?

    August 16, 2013

    • Esther

      There is a link in the event post. You can register and then pay at the end

      August 16, 2013

    • Mike

      Thanks Esther, PAID and looking forward to it

      August 17, 2013

  • myra

    Hi! I just realized that I will still be out of town on a business trip :(. I was looking forward to this trip. Next time! Have fun! Myra

    August 17, 2013

  • Rick P.

    CM, the payment is for you and your kayak to be transported up river for the paddle. That includes everything. Nice to have you on board. Rick

    August 17, 2013

  • Jill

    Out of town that weekend. You crazy kids have fun :) !!

    August 16, 2013

  • Cesar Daniel M.

    It is a tandem sit on top kayak suitable for this trjp?

    August 16, 2013

    • Esther

      That's just fine

      August 16, 2013

  • Pat O.

    Thanks for organizing this shuttle, I can't wait to go back with my camera.

    August 16, 2013

  • Valerie

    Wish I could make it but, will be out of town. Maybe next time.

    August 16, 2013

  • Rick P.

    In case anyone notes the commentary under the host picture on the page - the note was actually added for the Turner River trip last week and is not applicable here. Rick

    August 16, 2013

  • Rick P.

    Mig, not on this paddle scheduled but you can of course call the outfitters, take charge of another group, pay the down payment by credit card, collect the transport fees from your friends and you then have to pay the entire sum at the outfitters and complete the float plan with all names etc.before the transport departure. You can ask if they have another trip at 12:00 on whatever day or this same day for that matter. They can explain all to you. I have set this up to introduce the creek to new paddlers but obviously anyone can go by signing on and paying the fee. The 14 spots are the maximum of the transport as to boats and people. Rick

    August 16, 2013

  • Mike Noguer (.

    Rick, Any more room for a few more of my Jeep club members?[masked] mig

    August 16, 2013

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Your organizer's refund policy for Fisheating Creek -- Burnt Bridge Paddle

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled
  • you can cancel at least 2 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: Last minute cancellations are non-refundable charge as the outfitter charges a cancellation fee. You will only receive a refund if someone else takes your place and the group is not charged for your spot. Kayak rentals are not included in the livery fee.

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

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