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Let's paddle the imperial River in Bonita Springs.

The Imperial River is one of the favorite places to paddle.

We will meet at the boat ramp at Riverside park which is located on Old US 41 on the south east side (this is over the bridge, diagonally across the road and from the Everglades Wonder Gardens). The ramp is old and rocky and sometimes depending on the tides not the easiest place to launch from but there is plenty of parking and it is free. From there we will head up stream toward I-75.

This should be an easy paddle and people can paddle at their own pace and turn back whenever they feel like.... No Rules, except to be safe! I have not done this trip before. but the creek has some tight, windy parts which may be challenging for longer boats and depending on the currents sometimes has some rapids which are lots of fun, especially since we will be going up stream against the current and the run back is easier. This was told to me by Darlene, who done this trip several times . Afterwards will go to the Mexican Restaurant for lunch.

when you take part in kayaking or paddling, you alone are responsible for your safety. Kayaking can be dangerous. You paddle at your own risk. Safety is your responsibility for your actions.

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  • Nancy

    Had a great time on the Imperial River. Hope to see you guys at Bunche Beach this weekend!

    July 2, 2013

  • Magdalena B P.

    I enjoyed the paddle, meeting new people, and being out in nature.

    June 30, 2013

  • Andy M.

    You people are so great! I wish we could do this stuff every day. Nice call on the restaurant Darlene. We should do this one again; but wait, there are so many other places left to explore.

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Mara

    I had such a great time! I am so glad I joined this group. You all are so nice! Alessandra was so right; this is a COOL group. It was nice meeting everyone. I cannot wait to our next adventure. Loved the pictures!

    June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was an excellent trip. Great group of people, great body of water, and great food. Hope to see you all again soon

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Debbie L.

    I HAD A WONDERFUL TIME, EVERYBODY WAS VERY FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL. GOOD GROUP OF PEOPLE

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Jeff Z

    excellent, what a nice group of people

    June 29, 2013

  • Anne D.

    As always it was a great time. I'd never paddled the Imperial River before and loved it! Great turnout, it was fun to meet so many new people!

    June 29, 2013

  • Tracy A.

    It was awesome to meet you all and checking out the Imperial River. Thanks! I hope we meet again.

    June 29, 2013

  • Steve

    It was the best kayaking trip I have take so far. It compares equally with fisheating river.

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Aak! Sorry can't make it this morning, walked outside to grab the kayak and it looks like it's been stolen ... will definitely meet up with you guys once I've replaced it :(

    June 29, 2013

  • MISTERED

    Comcast appointment. Can't be there but will next time.

    June 29, 2013

  • Jeff Z

    I'm in a 14 ft boat, its the smallest i have. it I'll have to do.

    June 29, 2013

  • Maribeth

    Been told it is hard to navigate in long boat ie 12ft ?? Was not sure if my Ultimate 12ft. would do ok.

    June 28, 2013

    • Darlene

      On this trip when you get up to the tough part, which is a couple miles up you can always stop and go back. That is where the group may split up and those wanting to go further do and others turn back. I am doing it in my 16'.

      June 29, 2013

  • Janet

    I've done this in my 14 ' whistler.

    June 29, 2013

  • Debbie L.

    Mara
    I am a newbee to kayaking and exciting about joining the group tomorrow. we will be fine

    June 28, 2013

  • Mara

    I am new to kayaking and this is my first outing with this group. I do not have the coolest and fasters kayak, but I do love the sport and will do my very best to keep up with everyone. I am so excited and looking forward to meeting everyone and making new friends.

    June 28, 2013

    • Mara

      Thank you Alessandra and Tracy!! I am looking forward to tomorrow and meeting the group. TGIF!!!

      1 · June 28, 2013

    • Jeff Z

      Mara, This is a fun and enjoyable trip, not to worry, all will be fine. meet other paddlers, and enjoy the day:-)

      1 · June 28, 2013

  • Rickie Z.

    Thank you Janet for the loaner. Will be wearing a frog scarf.

    June 27, 2013

    • Janet

      I'm in the silver SUV with red and grey yak's on top.

      June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first outing with this group as well; and my first kayaking trip since I moved to Naples. I look forward to meeting you all.

    2 · June 28, 2013

  • Darlene

    Lunch here after the paddle. I have not been there but heard it is good and reasonably priced.
    Tortilleria La Rancheritamore
    26751 Old 41 Road #3
    Bonita Springs, FL 34135
    (239)[masked]
    https://plus.google.com/100564922619497846756/about?gl=us&hl=en

    June 25, 2013

    • Tracy A.

      Lunch there sounds wonderful. I love any southwestern food. Yum!

      June 26, 2013

    • Alessandra

      Yeah!! Love to try some mexican tortillas

      1 · June 28, 2013

  • Emily P.

    This is such a fun paddle especially on the way back! Looking forward to seeing everyone.

    June 28, 2013

  • Jeff Z

    Bring plenty of mosquitoes repellent,

    June 27, 2013

  • Jeff Z

    Alessandra, Darlene posted the address of the restaurant, right under your last posting.

    June 27, 2013

  • Adam

    Are u allowing paddle boards to join ya

    June 27, 2013

  • Jeff Z

    the restaurant is about 1/2 miles from were we launch.

    1 · June 25, 2013

    • Alessandra

      What is the restaurant name?

      June 26, 2013

  • Tracy A.

    Hopefully, the roof rack pads I ordered will arrive this week then we will meet you there.

    June 24, 2013

    • Tracy A.

      Hi Nancy, the fun noodles to put over the roof rack sounds like a great idea. I have a roof rack over my Honda CRV, which I am no longer able to drive due to mechanical problems...I may need to let this good ole SUV retire. For now I am stuck with a Buick sedan, so I ordered (Seattle Sports SUP and Sit On Top Universal Foam Roof Block Seattle Sports SUP and Sit On Top Universal Foam Roof Block
      60657GRY
      Color: Grey) from Campmor.com, which should allow me to be able to put a sit-on-top kayak on top of the Buick. Hopefully, my order shall arrive tomorrow.

      June 25, 2013

    • Nancy

      I hope that I will see you there. You'll be able to pick me out, I'll be driving the silver Kia sorento with blue pool noodles on my car rack!

      1 · June 26, 2013

  • Steve

    I am a newbie to kayaking too Debbie. So far I have had no problems with kayaking on a river. If you have a question or need help there is always someone there close by.

    1 · June 25, 2013

  • Debbie L.

    I am sort of a newbee to kayaking, do you guys thinks ill be ok?

    1 · June 25, 2013

  • Alessandra

    Lunch sounds great. Any place in mind?

    June 25, 2013

  • Elaine

    iteach until 8:30 so will be late, but will catch up

    June 23, 2013

  • Magdalena B P.

    I got the day off, will join the group.

    June 14, 2013

  • Rickie Z.

    Is there boats available or do you need to bring your own. I just have a 4 seater canoe.

    June 13, 2013

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