Rattlesnake Key Kayak Trip

Hey Wet Dogs,

Come join us and explore Rattlesnake Key located just Southwest of the Skyway Bridge. This is a very nice kayaking place filled with hundreds of small islands or keys and it's not far from home. The area is famous for seeing dolphin, spotted eagle rays, white ibis, Rosette Spoonbills and many other flying or aquatic creatures. We'll put-in at the Southern end of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing pier and paddle through the maze of mangrove islands. We'll stop at one salty sandbar for lunch and do some exploring then paddle back.


Directions to put-in area:
Just as you go over the Skyway Bridge south on the Bradenton side you will see the exit for the south fishing pier on the right.  Our launch point is at that clump of mangroves just as you turn right.  Beginner paddle and up Approx. 7 mile paddle. About a 4- 5 hour trip.

Wet Dog hotline number is

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Cost: $42.80 for kayak rental (includes kayaks and gear) FREE if bringing your own kayak.

Bring: Plenty of water, sunscreen, head protection from sun, proper paddling gear for weather, camera, lunch (collapsible coolers work best so you can fit them in hatches easier)

 

Tides for Saturday

Sa  13     High   3:58 AM     1.8   6:45 AM    Rise 11:28 AM      18
    13      Low   8:31 AM     1.0   8:29 PM     Set 11:43 PM
    13     High   3:26 PM     2.0
    13      Low   9:07 PM     0.4

 

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  • Michael J. K.

    Did you all stop somewhere for lunch? What place?

    July 16, 2013

  • Mardie

    A great adventure with lots of nice people. What a great view coming around Rattlesnake Key and seeing the Sunshine Skyway Bridge!

    July 14, 2013

  • bob g

    I have work to do.

    July 12, 2013

    • Carolina M.

      Bob I want to do that trip to Robinson preserve from your place. Any suggestions on a good time?

      July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    great trip. Carolina Mike is great organizer and leader. Real adventure today, paddling against the wind and waves but lot of fun

    July 13, 2013

  • earl s.

    LOVED IT,,,,WONDERFUL VIEW OF THE SKY WAY BRIDGE,,,,,NEXT TIME I WANNA KAYAK UNDER THE BRIDGE,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    July 13, 2013

  • Ken W.

    This was a relaxing trip and the scenery was awesome. The timing of the trip was perfect as we missed the bad storms that came later in the day.

    July 14, 2013

  • Jack

    Great trip! The water was clear and we saw some stingrays and fish in the grass flats.

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed the trip. It was great to meet everyone!

    July 14, 2013

  • Carolina M.

    Great trip as we made a full circumnavigation of Rattlesnake key before the storms hit.

    July 14, 2013

  • Karen G

    Enjoy the trip and all the other paddlers. My arms are a little sore from some of that paddling. Great job Mike! Thanks for all the help and suggestions.

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great trip! We dodged the lightening bullet today! Thanks Mike!

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice trip, Mike. Since the weather didn't let us this time, next time I want to go through the mangroves... Thanks

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I did not attend this trip.
    I was up all night and all day Saturday with the stomach flu.

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very welcoming to a newbie. Thanks.

    July 13, 2013

  • Effie D.

    Sorry, but no ride over the bridge? This girl can't make it.

    July 12, 2013

    • Ken W.

      I'm going over the bridge and if you still want one I'd be happy to offer a ride.

      1 · July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not going to be able to make it tomorrow. Hurt my back and laying low unfortunately. Catch you next trip.

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We cannot go. Sorry!

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are bringing our own kayaks. Can anyone tell us if there will be enough water depth for a mirage drive, our if its best to just paddle ?

    July 12, 2013

  • Carolina M.

    PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU ARE NOT GOING PLEASE RE-RSVP AS A NO! Also if you are renting please make your payment today so we know how many kayaks we'll need for this trip.

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we to meet at the south Sun Shine Sky Way fishing Pier or at the address 7900 US Highway 19 S, Palmetto, FL?

    July 12, 2013

    • Carolina M.

      THE MAP IS CORRECT NOW. YES THE SOUTH FISHING PIER.

      July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    can someone please fix the map (its on edit) so we can google map directions!!!!!!! thank you

    July 12, 2013

  • Michael J. K.

    Pretty obvious the event is booked solid:-(

    July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will need to rent a kayak.

    July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to go out of town for work. Sorry I'm going to miss this!

    July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will not be able to make this one...have fun:)

    July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to add a friend if a spot opens up. Thanks.

    July 8, 2013

  • Sue P

    Called into work & can't make the trip - I'm really disappointed, but this opens up a spot for someone else....have fun!! Credit the rental to a future paddle!

    July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    can somebody provide directions from lutz/land o lakes area? please? thanks

    July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Need to rent a kayak please. Thanks.

    July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mike, I really want to do this trip! I hope it opens up!

    July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I cannot attend due to another event I was unaware of. Have fun everyone.

    July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mike, is there anyway I can add a guest?

    July 5, 2013

    • Carolina M.

      Ok, Debra, can you sent me a private email with both of your hts and wts to see if we have the boats for you? We have three tandems on the trailer so we may have outfit some members in those on this trip. It just depends on who shows up.

      July 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      mike, can we get a tandem for sure, and how much?

      July 7, 2013

  • Effie D.

    If a spot opens up I'm definitely up for this, BUT if this is on the south side of the skyway, I'm going to have to ride with someone. As stupid as this sounds I go into panic mode if "I" have to drive over that stupid thing....sadly.

    July 7, 2013

  • Pam

    I have gotten doctor 's orders to stay off my ankle. Hate having to cancel. Was looking forward to kayaking .

    July 7, 2013

  • Raul Reyes j.

    looking forward to this one...

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still battling a wrist injury. Shame I need to miss this one!!

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will need to rent. Thanks

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I ended up with an appt that I can't get out of, so I am unable to attend. Have a great time.

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry, I won't be able to make it. Have fun!

    July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mike, will we pay the fee for the fishing pier? Or do we launch before the booth??

    June 16, 2013

    • Carolina M.

      No need to pay a fee to enter the pier. We'll meet on the west side just as you turn the corner to the right next to the mangroves.

      June 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Mike.

      June 17, 2013

  • Raul Reyes jr changed the location to Pop Stansell Park

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We have our own SOT kayaks?

    June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, We are moving to FL July 1, so this would be our first paddle with the group. We have our own 10' sit on top kayaks, would these be okay to use on this paddle? If so we would like to join.

    June 3, 2013

  • Mardie

    Hope a space opens up. Would like to rent.

    May 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are bringing our tandem kayak.

    May 16, 2013

  • Jodi

    I will need to rent a kayak. Thanks.

    May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bringing my own kayak

    May 15, 2013

  • Sue P

    Need to rent a kayak.

    May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, Mike. Lest there be confusion, I do NOT need to rent. Thanks.

    May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will bring my own kayak

    May 15, 2013

23 went

  • Carolina M.
    "Chief of the Wet Dog Tribe", Organizer
    Event Host
  • Jerry W.
    "2015 Wet Dog Supporter"
  • Jodi
    "2014 Paid Wet Dog Supporter"
  • Rich C.
    "2015 Wet Dog Supporter" Chief boat tier.
  • Mardie
    "2013 WDog Supporter" and 2013 Paddler of the Year
  • Ken W.
    "2013 Paid Wet Dog Supporter"
  • earl s.
    "2013 Paid Wet Dog Supporter"
  • Karen G
    "2014 Paid Wet Dog Supporter"
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