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Little Manatee River Upper Section

  • Nov 9, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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The Little Manatee River is a classic tannin-stained Central Florida river. It is a Florida Designated Outstanding Waterway. In a day's paddle, it transitions from a 10-20 foot wide creek meandering through ash and oak dominated floodplain to a 300-foot wide tide influenced river fanning through tidal marsh that empties into Cockroach Bay/ Tampa Bay. The sandy bottom and gently sloping banks create a number of spots to stop and stretch or eat.

The section of the river we will paddle is the upper part. This section of the river is narrow and wild, with tight turns and faster waterflow with a extensive tree canopy to keep us shaded and cool. It offers several hours of enjoyable wilderness paddling, but it's considered a challenging run with the twists and turns and good current. An old railroad bridge in this upper section marks the spot where the famous "Orange Blossom Special" once crossed the river.

This a very pretty 11 mile downstream fun filled paddle with tree canopy and many twists and turns.

There will be a $12.00 fee to the outfitter to take us to the put-in.

Not a novice paddle.

Please bring a PDF, whistle, water and lunch/snack.

Call me if you have any questions (sam[masked])

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great River! Great people, great day on the water!

    November 11, 2013

  • Laura

    My first paddle on the Little Manatee! An awesome day - thanks, Sam!!

    November 10, 2013

  • lynn m.

    really nice trip, thanks sam and everybody. looking forward to the next adventure.

    November 10, 2013

  • amy

    Beautiful day! Great group, what more can I say!

    November 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A lot of fun

    November 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun day on the water, good group of people, good scenery, lazy river!!!

    November 9, 2013

  • amy

    Yes, Sam, I do need to rent 1 kayak please! Looking forward to this trip.

    November 8, 2013

  • Mark

    Need to pass on the is one, work/class this weekend.

    November 8, 2013

  • Connie

    Have to take myself off at this time, must work - bummed

    November 6, 2013

  • Bill

    Any one camping for this paddle?

    November 3, 2013

    • Ronda G

      The weather is perfect for it but I live within 30 minutes so I won't be.

      November 3, 2013

  • Alex G.

    I hate to miss this trip, but I have to cancel. Enjoy!

    October 29, 2013

    • Ronda G

      Bummer! We've missed you lately!

      October 29, 2013

    • Alex G.

      Thanks Ronda. Things should settle down after this weekend....then you'll be sick of me. Have fun. This river is gorgeous. See you soon.

      October 29, 2013

  • Alex G.

    I'll need to rent one kayak, please.

    October 27, 2013

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