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Marco to Whiskey Creek to Addison Bay
We will launch from the Jolley Bridge (Marco Island side) at 9:00 am. We will paddle a short distance on the Marco River and head towards Whiskey Creek. After exiting Whiskey Creek near Goodlands, we will cross over the Marco River and head through a winding mangrove trail towards Addison Bay. We will return through Addison Bay. The total distance is estimated to be about 10 miles. See the track below - https://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=16608362 This is a Level II Trip

Jolley Bridge West

1969 North Collier Blvd · Marco Island, fl

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Southwest Florida Kayakers (SFK) Meetup Group

SFK’s meetup is a forum for kayaking in beautiful Southwest Florida. Kayak trips will be posted by volunteer hosts and are open to all experieced kayakers. Any criteria for participation, such as skill level or boat type, will be determined by trip host(s) and will be described in the trip posting. Those with sea kayaks/sit-in kayaks, surf skis, and sit-on kayaks are welcome to participate (sorry, no SUPs or canoes).

In addition to trips, there will be occasional workshops to learn or refine one’s rescue skills, paddling techniques or rough water abilities. These might be free or a fee charged depending upon who is providing the training.

The posted trips will fall into one of the following five categories: However, conditions can change and therefore trips can end up longer than posted and seas can be rougher than anticipated. Therefore, everyone must gauge whether the trip and conditions are appropriate for his/her skill and fitness level.

LEVEL ONE: Trip Length of 4 to 6 miles

Speed: Two to Three MPH

Protected Paddling

All Kayaks Welcome

LEVEL TWO: Trip Length of 6 to 8 miles

Speed: Three MPH

Some Open Water Paddling

Skirts Recommended or Sit on Top Kayak

Minimum Boat Length: 13 feet

LEVEL THREE: Trip Length of 8 to 10 miles

A Mix of Open Water Paddling

Speed: Three to Three and Half MPH

Skirts Required or Sit on Top Kayak

Rescue Training

Two Bulkheads or Sit on Top Kayak

Minimum Boat Length: 15 feet

LEVEL FOUR: Trip Length of 10 to 15 miles

A Large Amount of Open Water Paddling

Speed: Three to Four MPH

Seas: One to Two Feet

Skirts Required or Sit on Top Kayak

Rescue Training

Two Bulkheads or Sit on Top Kayak

Minimum Boat Length: 16 feet

LEVEL FIVE: Trip Length of 15 miles or more

Speed: Four+ MPH

A Large Amount of Open Water Paddling

Seas: Two to Four Foot

Skirts Required or Sit on Top Kayak

Rescue Training

Two Bulkheads or Sit on Top Kayak

Minimum Boat Length: 16 feet

The SFK group is not affiliated with any commercial vendors and thus cannot provide equipment. Some of the trips may launch at locations where rental kayaks are available, but otherwise participants must have their own equipment.

All participants will be required to wear PFDs at all times on the water. All participants in SFK group activities will be required to sign a waiver / release document. The waiver will acknowledge that participants assume full responsibility for their own health and safety. Trip hosts are not professional instructors and like all participants are solely responsible for their own safety.

We welcome you to join Southwest Florida Kayakers and invite experienced kayakers to host paddles and share their knowledge.

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