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Once again Capital District Kayakers will be spending a week (more or less as your schedule allows) paddling new and interesting areas on and around the Dunedin/Clearwater waterways. All venues will have kayak rentals available. In the past, meetup members have flown in or driven down. Members have stayed in hotels, Airbnb’s, camped, or stayed with friends or family. You make all your own arrangements. Our planning committee will provide you with details of our many paddles in the coming months. Beach time, biking, exploring the area and of course adventures in eating can be part of the week too. In past years there have been 15-20 members participating. All are welcome to join in on this adventure! Hosted by the planning committee.
Put in at the Chesnut Park Launch on Tarpon Lake, paddle about 1/4 mile to Brooker Creek. We should see many coastal birds, very scenic paddle. About 3-4 miles. Lunch to follow at the Varsity Club. If you need to borrow a kayak (no rentals on site), let Nanci know.
We paddled this beautiful preserve exactly four years ago. This date has the most favorable tides of the week of 1.2 feet at 10 a.m. to 1.6 feet at 12 p.m. as predicted at nearby Anna Maria Key, City Pier. You might recall beautiful birds and jumping mullet, navigating a mangrove tunnel into Perico Bay, passing Meade Point and seeing the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Tampa Bay. There's also an observation tower for those interested in a wide vista. Then, we began from Surfer Bus along a causeway and made a pit stop at the preserve's main entrance. This time, we'll try something different and begin and end at the main preserve, with all its nice amenities such as good parking, modern bathrooms and easy launch site. Rentals are available via Kayak Jacks for $30. Make your own arrangements at kayak-jacks.com, (914)[masked], [masked]. Following the paddle, and depending upon the weather and interest level, we could head out to the beach for a bite to eat and a toe-dipping at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe or the Seafood Shack. Or we can go back inland to the Alvarez Mexican Restaurant in Palmetto or Woody's River Roo in Ellenton.