The Miami Kayak Club are camping Saturday before the festival. They invited us to join them for a leisurely paddle to Keeywaydin Island where we can swim, go shelling, hike the island, fish, and paddle as much or as little as you want. We'll share a nice evening campfire and head back Sunday morning to join the festival event. The festival starts at 9:00 am and runs until 4:00 pm.
COST: Free. No permit required and the beach is HUGE so as many as want to come are welcome.
DISTANCE: 2.5 Miles from the Capri Fish House. Expect strong current, boat traffic, shoaling.
DIFFICULTY: Experienced beginners to advanced paddlers. You must have good stability on your vessel.
OPTIONS: Paddle out with us or join us in the afternoon after the Saturday classes. Go ahead of the group and stake out a good spot. Fishing can be pretty hot in the area. Bring a rod or two and hook em up.
DINNER: Bring a beverage to share by the campfire. I'm going to try to catch some fish but no promises. Try is the operative term here.
WHAT YOU MAY SEE ON KEEWAYDIN:
Bring a good camera! Keewaydin Island is home to a diversity of wildlife, with many species listed by the federal government and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a Species of Special Concern (SSC), Threatened (T) or Endangered (E).
Listed species using the island include:
Florida panther (E). Least tern (T) Green sea turtle (E) Snowy plover (T) West Indian (Florida) manatee (T) Atlantic loggerhead sea turtle (T) Bald eagle (SSC) Brown pelican (SSC) Black skimmer (SSC) Gopher tortoise (SSC) Little blue heron (SSC) Reddish egret (SSC) Snowy egret (SSC) Tricolored heron (SSC)
As part of the Wilderness Area Practice “Leave No Trace” guidelines, the following activities are prohibited.
- Unleashed pets
- Unattended fires
- Hunting, harassing or possessing wildlife
- Use of firearms or weapons
- Removal or disturbance of natural or cultural resources
- Pollution or destruction of property
- Live shelling is prohibited throughout Collier County