Shallow and Sweet, as opposed to short. We are paddling out to Carl Ross Key for a day paddle. This is a beautiful but long paddle. Surrounded by First National Bank, CRK is known for trapping paddlers who foolishly attempted an approach during an ebbing tide. We will not be doing that. The access to CRK is through Rocky Channel, or from the Gulf. The water over First National Bank is generally clear. Grass beds are are lush and filled with sea life. Large rays are bountiful on the flats. It's a beautiful remote place worth seeing. But you MUST be experienced and prepared for a long hot paddle.
There is an open water crossing greater than five miles, tide may be a concern, and we will be paddling a good amount of distance at a pace exceeding 3 knots. With that being said, this is a gorgeous place to paddle. I mean G O R G E O U S. If you are up to a strenuous paddle, its well worth the time.
DISTANCE: 18 Miles
DIFFICULTY: Advanced or Experienced Intermediate
PARK FEES: Entrance fee to the park is $10 per car, or $25 for the one-year pass. The pass includes admission at the Shark Valley entrance. There is a $3 per boat launch fee.
RENTALS: Rentals are available through The Paddle House and Miles, $45 for a single sea kayak (no rec boats/no tandems) Contact The Paddle House for reservations at 786.307.3816.
WHAT TO BRING: Your boat, your paddle, your PFD (which you will wear at all times), water, water, hydration tabs (such a Nuun tabs which we love), non-alcoholic beverage, and more water, food for lunch, safety equipment you see fit, sunscreen and whatever else you feel you need to ensure a safe day on the water. Don't forget your nautical charts and compass, or GPS.
Tides for Flamingo, Florida Bay starting with June 8, 2014.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Su 8 Low 7:11 AM 0.4 6:33 AM Set 2:58 AM 69
8 High 12:02 PM 2.2 8:13 PM Rise 3:54 PM
8 Low 8:31 PM 0.2
DISCLAIMER: This is a club. Organizers and event hosts coordinate the details of a paddle. If at any time anyone is concerned about weather conditions (rain, lightning, heat, cold, wind, etc.), or you feel ill, exhausted, or otherwise, you are encouraged to exercise caution and follow your better judgment. If you run into any trouble during a paddle, elect to depart from the group, or return early, please let an organizer or lead paddler know you are separating from the group. We go as a group, we aim to return as group. If someone runs into trouble, we do our best to help each other out. That includes loading and unloading boats. Please take necessary measures to ensure the seaworthiness of your vessel and bring your personal safety equipment. PFD's are required by law and by the group. You must also have a signal whistle. They are not only required by the U.S. Coast Guard but they are also a great and inexpensive way to get the attention of those around you. As with all of our paddles, we are not guides. Even when a paddler that offers guiding services participates, they are there as club members attempting to enjoy a recreational paddle. We are first and foremost, a group of kayaking enthusiasts out for a good time. By participating in any of our paddles you assume all risks and responsibilities for your personal health and safety and for your equipment; as well as the safety and equipment of your guests. 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. All night paddles require lights; even for rentals or borrowed boats. 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. We each individually assume these risks, and more, each time we go out on the water.