Peace River Kayak and Fossil Hunt

  • August 23, 2014 · 10:00 AM

Gang, join in and paddle the Peace River located Southeast of Tampa in search for sharks teeth and other fossils. Millions of years ago Florida was covered with water and the Peace River is famous for revealing it's past. People find huge sharks teeth, ancient manatee bones, arrow heads, every day on this river.

I constructed a few boxs with grates to sift I just have to put some floats on them. Just as good bring your own old kitchen strainer and with luck we could find the Magaladon Sharks tooth, and other goodies. No doubt you'll go home with a few dozen small teeth with a little paddling and work.

The smaller the grate the more teeth you'll find. The larger the grate 1/4 " or larger the less teeth you'll find, but you may find the larger Meglaadon teeth. A small shovel is a good idea to use to put dirt into the grates as well.
http://www.sharkteeth...


We'll meetup at the Skyway Bridge's southside fishing pier at 8:30 AM then drive down 75 towards Arcadia we'll get to Arcadia around 10 am at Arcadia Boat Ramp (American Legion Dr. and SR 70) for the put-in.  Parking available.

 

Directions: if coming from Tampa or St. Petersburg: I-75 south to SR 70 east just before you get to Arcadia look for American Legion Dr. on the Left.


Cost: $45 for kayak rentals - Free with your own kayak.
Bring: Water, sunscreen, towel, grates or kitchen strainers are good for sifting sand for the sharks teeth, camera, rope in case we need to tether the kayaks near a bend in the river while fossil hunting, water shoes or sandals WITH HEEL STRAPS, FLIP FLOPS ARE NOT A GOOD IDEA ON THIS RIVER.

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  • Carolina M.

    Great day on the water. Very hot, but were able to get into the water and at least look for fossils and anticipation of finding one was what it's all about. LInger Lodge afterwards was good for Wet Dog fellowship.

    2 · August 24

    • Trudy A.

      This was my very first time outing with Wet Dogs group and I paid my 25 dollars dues ahead of time, no turning back now ! lol

      August 25

  • Mike and Laurie L.

    are ya going up the river or down?

    July 21

  • DENNY L.

    Another great adventure....Wet Dog style. Our rigorous paddling against the current really paid off. Before returning, we got to converse and float around in the refreshing Peace River while digging for our "treasures" and letting our imaginations run wild with whatever we dug up. The easy float back to our cars was a treasure by itself, as the current spirited us along on the return. Later we met at Linger Lodge, a quirky, unique restaurant with an interesting past. This gave us a chance to get to know one another better while enjoying a good meal in a serene, waterside setting. It was a great idea. Thank you, Mike.

    August 25

  • Melisa

    I just signed up!! I will be renting a Kayak. Looking forward to meeting other wet dogs :-)

    1 · August 16

    • Melisa

      It was great meeting you too Trudy, hope you were able to get you coffee to get home before hitting the bed...haha

      1 · August 24

    • Trudy A.

      I did !! Wanted to be awake while driving over the sunshine skyway bridge with kayak on top , was windy almost got blown away .

      August 24

  • Melisa

    It was great, beautiful day and great company, I also got some great kayak tips from Mark!

    1 · August 24

  • Kathleen A. L.

    I was wondering if there is an exact address where we will be meeting at 8:30, so I can plug it into my GPS. I'm new to the area and am not familiar with the area.
    Thanks,
    Kat

    August 20

    • Tahnee

      Yes, 7901 US HWY 19 South, Palmetto , Fl 34221

      August 20

    • Trudy A.

      i.e first rest stop just south of the skyway :)

      August 23

  • A former member
    A former member

    We work and play on the Peace River every day. With water levels up during the summer, fossil hunting is generally not recommended. Visit us at peaceriveradventures.com for more info on kayaking the beautiful Peace River.

    July 21

  • Tahnee

    Hi! Looking forward to this, I've always wanted to paddle this river. Bringing my two littles along to help me paddle ; ). What's an approximate return time?

    July 25

    • Trudy A.

      They will sleep well tonight after such a long hot day in the sun on the Peace River. It was a pleasure meeting you , your lovely daughters and your Dad. Both you and him paddle really well !

      August 23

  • Melisa

    At the rest stop South side Skyway.

    August 23

  • Karen Hunter B.

    I will meet you there at the arcadia boat ramp. We are leaving now.

    August 23

  • Trudy A.

    If I miss ya'll south of skyway for the meet up , then I'll just keep coming straight there. Not much sleep :( I will enjoy it once I get there though I know this. Thanks ahead of time for all your help and fellowship.

    August 23

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am wondering if it would be OK to go straight to Arcadia? I may have a work errand that morning, and might need the extra time.

    August 20

    • A former member
      A former member

      Google says it's 90 min from Central Tampa. I should be leaving Seminole Heights around 7:30-8am. If go on your own, it looks to be straight forward. I-75 south to exit 217, Hwy 70. Go left/East 40 miles till you get to American Legion drive on the left. If you go over the river you have gone too far. Go back one street. You should see the boat ramp immediately on your left.

      August 22

    • Trudy A.

      Thanks for directions above , son has my GPS in other car he's in Ocala visiting his gf.

      August 23

  • Raul Reyes j.

    Hey, I like the idea of heading straight there.. So , what time is put in time at the peace river.

    August 22

  • Roxanna B.

    Hi this Roxanna Burk, just learn I made it but, already made other plans!! Next time! Sorry

    August 22

  • Mardie

    So sorry--can't make it--a couple things came up & I'll have to save my screen and shovel and paddle for another day. Have fun!

    August 22

  • Sandra W

    I need to bow out. Trying to move by the end of the month and I just don't have enough packing done. I'll catch you on the next one.

    August 22

  • Brit

    Was so looking forward but have to cancel so I making room for folks on the waiting list, have fun y'all

    August 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! I just grabbed the last reserved spot. There are 2 of us, but have our own kayaks. Hope that's ok.

    August 21

  • Kathleen A. L.

    Thank you for the address. I will see everyone there.

    1 · August 20

  • Raul Reyes j.

    I have my own kayak.....But, i may have to work Saturday keeping my fingers cross.

    August 19

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bringing my own. Don't care if the water is high, will just enjoy the day!

    1 · August 19

  • angela

    Have my own kayak

    1 · August 19

  • Violetta K.

    So excited. Olive will stay home on this trip. I need to rent kayak.

    August 19

  • Raul Reyes j.

    I have not been out on this trip before ....looking forward to it.

    1 · August 17

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Bo:
    Are we going to be wasting our time looking for fossils? I see on the website you posted that fossil hunting is best when water level is 12 inches below normal. Right now is is 12 inches above..... Thanks.

    August 17

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have no idea. Just moved to Tampa and never been there. Was just posting the information for others. Mike should know.

      August 17

  • A former member
    A former member

    This should answer any questions anyone has about the peace river, including if you'll see alligators, http://www.canoeoutpost.com/peace/showpage.asp?page=faq

    August 17

  • DENNY L.

    I have my own kayak. I'll be bringing some screening for filtering dirt and a trowel. A unique experience awaits! Who knows what treasures we'll find.

    1 · August 9

  • Sandra W

    Sounds like a ton of fun!!! Will bring my own kayak for this. Thanks.

    August 5

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are alligators a potential danger on this river?

    July 23

  • Brit

    Hi Mike, need a yak (can you bring the Manitou? Trying to test drive as many different models as possible:-) sounds like an awesome trip, can't wait!

    July 22

  • Mike and Laurie L.

    question was - are ya going up or down the river first------or to put it another way....which way first? North or south?

    July 22

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Mike: Can this trip be done by canoe also?

    July 21

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