It's time to camp! Yes, time to load the boats, stow the gear, paddle to a weekend getaway beside a campfire.
This time out we are offering one-night and two night camping options. Please be specific about how long you will be out. Please post your preference for a one-night so we can decide what works best for everyone interested. Sailboat support will also be available for those in need of a ride out.
The plan is to paddle and camp at Cape Sable. This is beach camping at its finest. We have two-nights so get ready to explore Middle Cape, Little Sable Creek and Lake Ingraham. We will split into smaller groups to cover different areas based on skill level.
Please be familiar with the park's Wilderness Trip Planner. We will practice leave-no-trace principals. You bring it in, you carry it out. http://www.nps.gov/ever/upload/Wilderness_Trip_Planner_2009.pdf
Winds are generally out of the east in this area. This means that you should expect a headwind on the return. Occasionally though, we get lucky. Please keep an eye on the wind. Wind in excess of 20 knots will make this a difficult paddle for many.
Please keep an eye on the temperature. If it is cold, bring warm clothing along. The wind coming off the water will chill down the evening considerably. A campfire is always a must. We can collect downed wood but we cannot cut down branches. I wouldn't worry, there is plenty available.
Cape Sable is well known for it's seashells. You are limited to one quart per person. A little fishing off the beach is a great option for this campout. Bring along some gear and see what bites. Shark fishing is often very fruitful in the evening. Redfish are abundant this time of year; watch for them tailing in the changing tides; Spanish mackerel, Sea Trout, mmmm yummy. A valid fishing license is required and they will check your catch upon return to the marina.
Difficulty Level: This paddle is suitable for experienced beginners, depending on the wind, with boat handling skills. Please contact me if you are concernedd about the paddle and we can discuss the trip.
Distance: East Cape Sable, about 9 miles from Flamingo. We will stop mid-way for a break and a snack and rest at Clubhouse Beach.
Rentals: Rental boats and camping gear are available for this paddle. E-mail me at [masked] or Miles. Dry bags, sand-free mats and camping gear (mats, pillows, lights, sleeping bags) are also available for purchase. Club member receive 10% discount. Reference the Cape Sable campout to get your discount.
Permits: Please contribute $5 each to cover incidentals. $10 per group plus $2 per person. We will need to get more than one permit and everyone must register.
HOT Showers at Flamingo are $3.00 when you get back on Sunday. Cold beverages for children of all ages are available the marina store. The have the best beer prices in town.
Park entrance is $10 plus $3 per boat. You can buy an annual pass for $25 (well worth it).
Rentals are $35 per day for singles; $45 per day for tandems. Sailboat rides are $60 per person for the 2-night only. Sorry, one-night campers must paddle. What a sacrifice : )
Tides for Flamingo, Florida Bay starting with November 23, 2012.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 23 Low 7:05 AM 0.5 6:47 AM Set 2:28 AM 72
23 High 11:52 AM 2.2 5:34 PM Rise 2:27 PM
23 Low 6:52 PM 0.8
23 High 11:48 PM 2.8
Sa 24 Low 8:03 AM 0.4 6:47 AM Set 3:20 AM 80
24 High 12:52 PM 2.2 5:34 PM Rise 3:03 PM
24 Low 7:35 PM 0.8
Su 25 High 12:27 AM 2.9 6:48 AM Set 4:12 AM 87
25 Low 8:51 AM 0.2 5:34 PM Rise 3:40 PM
25 High 1:41 PM 2.1
25 Low 8:15 PM 0.8
DISCLAIMER: As with all of our paddles, these are club outings where we all share a common adventure. We are a group of kayaking enthusiasts out for a good time. We help each other, learn from each and enjoy the privilege of being on the water and out in nature. 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, including any guests, 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. Know and respect your limits. Most importantly, have a wonderful time.