This a paddle you may not have done, but probably will love. It has areas of close, heavy vegetation, some water open to the sky, some areas in mangrove "tunnels" with tight turns and no view of the sky (natural tunnels, not chopped open ones). We'll do about 6 3/4 miles...more if I get you lost, which is still possible up there, even though it is on my GPS and I have led paddles there this winter 3 times, but I think there is still opportunity to add some unintended mileage ! Lots and lots of places with multiple choices from which to choose. Anyway, it's a beautiful paddle....totally wild, not a house in sight.
The pix above show the launch on a dry day (there is another close by launch we can use, if this one is super muddy)..then the mangrove tunnels, and a nice creek view and one of the many open water parts.
The current under the I-275 bridge should be OK today (at least, that is the plan), so we'll go another 500' to Terra Ceia Rd and take a break. Then we'll paddle back past the launch and go another mile or so. (You have the option of dropping out at that point). The water ends in thick vegetation. Then we'll return to our cars on Bishop Harbor Rd,
DIRECTIONS: My mapping program says the address of the bridge is 8630 Bishop Harbor. Please check it yourself. There are 2 good ways to get to the Bishop Harbor bridge:
1- I-75, Take Exit 229, Go west on Moccasin Wallow Road. Cross US 41 at a stop sign (no traffic light) and the road becomes Bishop Harbor. About 3.2 miles from I-75 to the bridge. DO NOT STOP AT THE FIRST BRIDGE YOU SEE AFTER CROSSING 41... WHERE THE ROAD TURNS SHARPLY SOUTH AND YOU SEE WATER ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ROAD AND A BIG SIGN ON THE LEFT SAYING SOMETHING LIKE TERRA CEIA WATER RESTORATION PROJECT AND A BROWN SIGN ON THE RIGHT AND A TRASH CONTAINER. THAT IS NOT THE LAUNCH. KEEP GOING ANOTHER HALF MILE.
2- I-75, Take Exit 228 to go west on I-275. Go to first exit off 275, which is US 41. Go N on 41 one mile and take left on Moccasin Wallow. About 1.4 miles to the bridge.
As always, no guests on paddles. We'll be in the water and paddling by 10:00.
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