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We'll walk over to Leffis Key to check out birds during the low tide, then return to the beach side to walk Coquina Beach, then check out the beach market. Optional lunch after at the beach cafe!
Add another section of Manatee's Blueway Trails to your bucket list. Wayne is leading a paddle for Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department and has 5 spaces reserved for SAG members. As with all SAG paddles, all participants must wear their life jacket. A 1 way paddle down this meandering river winds for several miles through oak hammocks and through salt marshes before joining with the Upper Manatee river to form the Manatee River. We will launch from the Mulholland Rd bridge where it crosses Gamble Creek and take out at the Ft Hamer boat launch. While not for first time paddlers, Beginners who can paddle 6 miles and 3-4 hours are welcome to attend. What to bring: life vest, PFD, whistle, etc. Water, hat and bug spray · Snack · Waterproof camera (spare batteries) Directions: I 75, exit 224 (Ellenton Outlet exit) Turn left onto US 301 Go 2 miles, turn right onto Old Tampa Rd Go 3.4 miles, turn right onto Ft. Hamer Rd Go .9 miles, turn left onto Mulholland Dr. Launch is 1.6 miles For a Google Map of the Gamble Creek/Upper Manatee River trail, click here https://maps.google.c... (https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=217090466487890907233.00048fcb95a240af7a5b8&msa=0) Rentals are available contact Wayne
Wind and weather will determine if, where and how far we go on this outing, which may take us into the Palma Sola Bayou to look for manatees or into the back door of Robinson Preserve While this is an easy paddle, it requires some endurance. Wind can make the paddling harder. Bring PFD, whistle, water, sunhat and closed toe shoes. Must reserve by texting Marsha at[masked]. Bring your own kayak or reserve a kayak in advance by calling Wayne at[masked] or email [masked]. This is also a Sierra Club outing, so an OPTIONAL donation of $5 to the Sierra Club is welcomed.
We will enter at Riverview Point on 75th St, walking about 2 miles on the trails and learning ancient and more recent history and stories of early settlers in Old Palma Sola. We may wade in the water, so wear appropriate footwear and bring a small towel.