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Full Moon Shell Island Kayak and Camp

  • Jan 26, 2013 · 2:00 PM

Hey Wet Dogs, It's camping time again and this time we're paddling to the famous Shell Island located near Fort Desoto for some beach camping. We'll camp out over night at this pristine island paradise. Shell Island comes with white sandy beaches and an inner island treeline where you can explore and forage for fire wood. If you haven't been here camping yet you are in for a treat and if you have you've wondered why it took so long to get back. We are truly lucky to have such a unique place in our own back yard so to speak.

There is nothing like cooking dinner near sunset and watching the dolphin fish in Bunces Pass and then help build a large fire to crowd around at night. Some may hang out and eat smores and others may take a stroll down the beach and search for phosphoresce. Later you'll fall asleep to the waves lapping at the shore then wake up to the smell of fresh coffee.

The waters in the Fort Desoto area are loaded with fish and other wildlife like Commorants, Roseate Spoonbills, Brown Pelicans, Manatee and Artic Terns.
Beginners and up welcome - Approx 4 mile paddle across flats and open water.

Meeting Spot: (no physical address)
The meeting and put-in location is south of Terra Verdi or 2 miles south of Billy's Stone Crab on the Pinellas Bay Way in Terra Verdi. The spot is just north of Tampa Bay Watch before you go over to Fort Desoto. If you pay the 35 cent toll you went too far.

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Loose Itinerary: Meetup at 2pm at Sawyer Key Put-in. Back up and paddle out to Shell Island. Set camp and then enjoy the day on the island. Dinner will be an hour before sunset. Gather wood for fire and enjoy the night in paradise.

Dinner on Saturday: Pot luck style dinner (bring something to contribute to dinner)

Breakfast on Sunday: on your own.

Cost: FREE if bringing your own kayak $70 if renting a kayak

Note: If you are renting a kayak you must click on both the red and green areas below when you start to make your payment. If bringing your own kayak just click on the green OK area.


Bring: Water, sunscreen, bug spray, sandals or water shoes, appropriate paddling clothes, fleece or sweatshirt and pants or sweats for at night, rain gear, coffee cup, plate with own fork and knife for dinner and breakfast.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The weather, the people, the island, the camp fire, the water, the racoon, the latrine hunt, the return shot cut paddle and THE FOOD were all great.

    January 28, 2013

  • Carolina M.

    Great weekend of paddling, camping and just hanging out on one of our favorite salty pieces of land.

    January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great trip! Great people! Fun times!

    January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Mike! Great overnight to paradise right in our back yard...we are so very fortunate....beautiful weather, nature, so close...and such fine people to share it with. Had no I idea what I had walked into when I moved here exactly a year ago...couldn't have chosen better!

    January 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome week end with a great bunch of people,,,beautiful sun set,,Romantic full moon,,& a tequila sun rise,,Perfect weather,,Was happy to share all of this with you all,,,,,,,,,,

    January 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great full moon paddle, moon set and campfire banter! As usual, the people made the trip!
    See you on the water!

    January 27, 2013

  • Pam

    What a fun group. Beautiful sunset and sunrise to watch. Wonderful weekend!

    January 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time!!!

    January 27, 2013

  • Raul Reyes j.

    I had a wonderful time really enjoyed the trip.....looking forward to the next one.

    January 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Mike, I just saw the change in time, as we were about to head out. You may find that people do not know we are not meeting at 11:00. Question for you - how far from the beach is the campsite?

    January 26, 2013

    • Carolina M.

      Yes, I was afraid of that. Pam who on this trip will know where to go. We usually camp halfway up on Buncess Pass on the beach near the warning sign.

      January 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We would like to known if we are int the right spot, I am here with ken, earl and bill

      January 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi we came over to she'll island and do not know where to go, Ann,ken, bill, and earl are here

    January 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey...anyone in the area EARLY for the 2pm launch can meet Julie and I at Billy's stone crab! We're having lunch!!!

    January 26, 2013

  • Pam

    Bringing cheese ball and broccoli salad

    January 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am bringing Kasha & egg noodles, and some fried chicken.

    January 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mike, my guest chickened out. Blac, blac, blac...scared of a little ole' 4 mile run.

    January 25, 2013

    • Carolina M.

      Sheila thats too bad, since the paddle is only about 3 miles round trip.

      January 25, 2013

    • Carolina M.

      Note: We're also changing the meetup time to 2pm.

      January 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Brownies and a pasta salad.

    January 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be bringing Hot Dogs, buns, fried chicken and a gas grille.

    January 25, 2013

    • Carolina M.

      Great Steve. Note the new meetup time of 2pm.

      January 25, 2013

  • Carolina M.

    I'll be making Dutch Oven cherry cobbler on the island.

    January 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mike - is it okay if I bring a guest?

    January 25, 2013

    • Carolina M.

      Sure, I'll note that on the permit in the number of people.

      January 25, 2013

  • Raul Reyes j.

    I will bring Arros con
    pollo...and a traditional holiday drink called cokito.

    January 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My girlfriend and I will bring lots of sausage balls.

    January 24, 2013

  • Carolina M.

    Victoria, you should be able to re-rsvp for the trip and just put yourself in for the rsvp. That should do it.

    January 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward! Will bring lemon angel hair pasta shrimp salad ...plus my own plate/utensils!

    January 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Mike, do you have an address to put in for my GPS? Thank you!

    January 10, 2013

    • Carolina M.

      Hey Steve, there is no physical address at the meeting spot. The put-in location is south of Terra Verdi or 2 miles south of Billy's Stone Crab on the Pinellas Bay Way in Terra Verdi. The spot is just north of Tampa Bay Watch before you go over to Fort Desoto. See the map I just included in the description and details for this trip. There is also a hot line to call incase you get lost.

      January 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Steve, start looking for the parking area in the mown grass on your right just as soon as the road to desoto stops being divided by the median. My gold passat wagon will be parked on the grass because I'll be kayak fishing there early morning!

      January 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first time out, novice skill level, will need a kayak... looking forward to this wonderful adventure.

    January 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kayak camper tolit ? will have to check that one out,,maby wal-mart ?

    December 20, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Austin Kayak (ack.com) has the best deal on these.

      January 7, 2013

    • Carolina M.

      Earl, Ken and everyone else. No need to bring a toilet we have one and a tarp to put over it.

      January 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    YOU BRING YOUR OWN TENT OR WHAT ??

    December 16, 2012

    • Carolina M.

      Yes Earl, bring your own tent.

      December 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any chance of renting a 2-person kayak? I've got a first timer who prefers to paddle with me.

    December 22, 2012

    • Carolina M.

      Effie we have one tandem kayak available. Must purchase two seats to get it.

      1 · December 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are dogs allowed?

    December 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Not on the island.

      December 27, 2012

    • Carolina M.

      No dogs allowed on this trip Carla.

      December 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I see the camping policy on shell key is that campers need to bring camping toilets. Do you have any suggestions on this? Where do you get one?

    December 20, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks

      December 29, 2012

    • Carolina M.

      Ann no worries we will bring one toilet for the whole group. No need to purchase a toilet. we also bring the permit. Everything is taken care of.

      December 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mike usually brings the toilet. He has to provide this information when he gets the permit.

    December 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It sounds like a lot of fun! I wish I could go but I will be on a cruise! Hopefully next time!

    December 15, 2012

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