My friend and Everglades expert Terry Helmers has graciously invited folks from the club to join him and others on a backcountry paddle for the records. I was fortunate enough to have joined Terry on this paddle two-years ago and if I could, I would be there!! This is a difficult and lengthy paddle for kayaks or canoes. No singles canoes on this one though, sorry.
Saturday 10 November
With the water levels sky high and cool air this needs to be padded now. Taylor Slough Canoe Trail is a 21 mile one day wilderness slough experience that takes paddlers from the entrance of the park down to Nine Mile Pond.
Taylor Slough and the breath taking Craigheads Pond at the south end is the remotest a person can get in Everglades National Park.
Meet at the Ernest Coe Visitor Center parking lot by 4:30 a.m. You will travel to an old airboat launch pad on Pine Island (near the park entrance). There you will unload your boats and gear and position vehicles at the other end (Nine-Mile Pond) for the return trip home.
You will be paddling from dawn to dusk, with the time change that means paddling at 06:30 a.m. Drivers transporting boats will have to be at Pine Island at 05:00 to drop off boats and shuttle cars. Tandem canoes or kayaks of any length are good but solo canoes are discouraged since this trip requires pushing grass.
A fast pace will be maintained throughout the day. This is not a beginners paddle.
What to bring:
- Bug spray
- Bug suit or shirt
- Sturdy paddle and a spare
- Plenty to drink
- Food for a day
- Line in case you need to go slogging (walking in the sawgrass while pulling your boat)
- GPS or Aerial Charts to memorialize the occasion
Need a boat?
I do have canoes and kayaks appropriate for this paddle. You will have to pick-up and return to The Paddle House. To rent a boat for this paddle, call 786.307.3816. We are closed on Monday but will check messages.
Sunrise - 06:36 Sunset - 17:34
Paradise Key Water Station[masked]
currently +1.8 dropping (+1.4 is plenty of water) Craigheads Pond Water Station[masked]
currently +0.52 dropping (0.0 is plenty of water)
The fine print:
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 an outing. 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. PFD and whistles are required. 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 each time we go out on the water. With all that being said, we all look forward to yet another great day on the water.
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