Rick Poston is headed to the creek again and has room for a total of 11 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 - 6:00 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 - 4:00 P.M. and then home by 5:00 to 6:00 P.M., unless you stop for dinner on the way home.
Livery Service to Burnt Bridge: Only the outfitter has access to the river. 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 register for the shuttle by calling Fisheating Creek at (863) 675-5999. Indicate that you want to go on the shuttle with Rick Poston at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday morning the 23rd and they will have you pay $10. on a credit card to guarantee the spot. The shuttle costs $45. per person and the the registration fee will be deducted. There are only 11 openings on the shuttle so first come first served. If you wish, you can reserve a kayak rental at the outfitters and pay when you get there.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The livery van is limited to 12 passengers (12 boats). 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. If you miss the shuttle, you might be able to get on another later but you will have to discuss with the outfitter. Typically, if someone does not show by the departure time, they will fill your spot with someone not from our Meetup group.
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 8:15 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:
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.
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!