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.
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.