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Cape Sable 1 or 2 Night Camping & Fishing Too

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.

FEES:

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:

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.

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  • Esther

    Headwind as we headed to the cape made for a strong paddle. We arrived with ample time to set-up camp and gather firewood. Saturday, Robert, Jill, Emilio, Wayne and I headed to Little Sable Creek. Again the pesky headwind was present but we made it to Middle Cape then to the vast open Lake Ingraham and lower portion of Little Sable Creek. The journey to Lake Ingraham took us past old thriving trees and some that fallen over time. The lake is huge from the perspective of a kayak. The creek is narrow, mangrove roots reaching to the sky seeking to breathe life to its limbs. The salty water is brown from the muddy bottom. Fish, birds and gators are abundant as we made our way up the peaceful passage of the creek. The paddle back to camp was quick in comparison, we made it before dark! Sunday morning was an easy ride home. Four sets of Flamingos flew over us as we made our way to the marina. What a great sight. An early dinner at Sonny's hit the spot just right for the long ride home.

    November 27, 2012

  • Robert

    Fantastic

    November 26, 2012

  • tania r.

    Excellent trip. good weather, nice please,very nice people

    November 25, 2012

  • Sharon

    The best. The weather was perfect. So we're the people. The wind was a little much on the last leg. But the ride back it was I'm our favor.

    November 25, 2012

  • Esther

    Hi all,
    The weather looks amazing for this weekend. It will be cold at night so be sure you bring plenty of warm clothe. The low forecast for Flamingo is 52 Friday night. It will feel colder on the beach. A nice fire will help but BE PREPARED. It will feel COLDER on the beach at night. Also be sure you have enough wind shelter for when you're on the water. Winds look good too. The wind forecast turns to the NE on Sunday, but mild. Boats are still available. Sorry. I took The Paddle House phone with me and didn't realize I had it. Of course, the battery is dead. Allyson is at the shop and the phone will be on tonight. Please feel free to call after 7pm. :\ Bring at least one gallon of fluid per person per day. With cooler weather that should be plenty. Bring something to share at the campfire too.

    November 20, 2012

    • Sharon

      Are they still calling for small craft advisory tomorrow morning?

      November 22, 2012

    • Esther

      Nope. Just today. Friday's forecast is 10-15 out of the north.

      November 22, 2012

  • Beatriz C.

    Hello, i don't think I will be able to make it for this weekend's outing, I'm sorry I will miss it but will join you for afternoon paddle on Dec 1st.
    Enjoy your weekend and HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!

    November 22, 2012

  • Bob B.

    Esther - Tom will be fishing/camping at Middle Cape until Sunday. Not paddling - took his flats boat. Stop and say hi if you're passing by or need anything.

    November 22, 2012

  • Eric

    Thanks Wayne. I have an Ocean Kayak Trident 13. My only concern is a headwind. Thanks for the info, I will monitor the wind forecast for the next couple of days.

    November 19, 2012

    • Jeff W.

      I am up in the air in this.... Won't know till late Thursday if I can make it.... Count me in as a definite "maybe"

      November 19, 2012

    • Esther

      If you can make it just come on out! We'll be there!!

      November 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! I'm really looking forward to this trip but want to ask if it would be suitable for me. I'm 26 years old and
    in good health but I'm not an experienced kayaker. I've gone canoeing twice and kayaking twice without a problem
    but at a slow pace for a few hours. I've also never used a sit-in kayak, which from my understanding is what would be
    best for this trip. Also, I haven't been able to get ahold of the Paddle House. Are there kayaks still available for rent?
    Thank you!

    November 20, 2012

  • Beatriz C.

    Hello Esther, i need to talk to you about gear and stuff for the camping; i think you said that there are tents, sleeping, bags, etc for rent.
    Please call me, thanks!

    November 19, 2012

  • Eric

    Hi Esther. Can this trip be done in a sit-on-top?

    November 18, 2012

    • Wayne

      Hello Eric, the answere is "yes, but not always easily". The distance to East Cape Sable is 10nm. It's open water, but you can hug the shoreline and might get some shelter from that. Also, you are rarely more than a few dozen yards from somewhere to land, if you need to rest -- Clubhouse Beach is about half-way between Flamingo and East Cape Sable. Keep in mind, if you have a following wind, you could do this in any craft. If you have a head wind, however, you will find it much harder in a wider, less efficient kayak. If there is a strong headwind, a strong paddler will be tired, but won't have a major problem; an average paddler will be exhausted; a weak paddler might end up needing towed.

      November 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Esther, I am preparing for the trip and wanted to know if I should rent a boat formyou or whether I could use Tania MB kayak? She has offered and I would like to try it but unsure if would be an appropriate boat for the trip. We are thinking of bringing water a heavy but much needed commodity, 2.5 gals each. We can put that in the kayaks but do you have another suggestion? Outside of that I think we will plan to put everything into our kayaks as per the kayak camping instructions on line. Any other information you could send to me as a newbee would be great! Thank you so much and I know Tania and I are looking forward to this event. My first camping event in FL!

    November 18, 2012

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