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Weedon Island Canoe/Kayak trip

Outing Leader: Ben Berauer,[masked], [masked]

Highlights: This is a beautiful, easy paddle through the Mangrove swamp coastal area along Tampa Bay. Limit about 12 participants.

Distance: 4 miles starting from the Weedon Island Preserve trail head. About 2+ hours of paddling.

When: Saturday, July 5. Be ready to go 9:00 a.m.

Where: Meet at the trailhead with your canoe or kayak ready to go. The trail head is at the end of Weedon Island Drive. At the turn-around loop. See the attached maps.

Directions: From Pinellas County:

South of Gandy Blvd (turn South at San Martin Blvd to Weedon Island Drive), just before reaching the Gandy Bridge  1500 Weedon Island Drive  St. Petersburg, Fl, 33720

Facilities: There is a restroom and water fountain at the start of the trail. There are no facilities available while paddling.

Precautions: Much of the trail does not have tree cover overhead and can be very hot. Bring sunscreen. We will be paddling through the Mangroves, and it is tight in areas. Kayakers will have some difficulty due to the narrow tunnel through the Mangroves. Paddling through the tunnels is easier in a kayak. Insects may be a problem, so bring repellent.

Lunch: Optional lunch outing afterwards.

Carpooling: Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the trailhead. If you would like to share a ride, please call me for names and phone numbers of other participants. Participation in carpools is at your own risk.

What to Bring: Canoes or kayaks can be used. Kayaks are available for rental.

Bring water to keep you hydrated.

Snacks for on the trail (optional). Anything you would normally carry on an outdoor excursion (sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, rain gear, field guides, etc.).

Kayak rentals: Kayaks can be rented at Sweetwater Kayaks. You need to make your own rental arrangements. Call them at[masked] for reservations. Their normal put-in point is NOT where we are starting our outing. You will need to go to take care of rentals before the trip and then paddle to the trailhead by meeting time given above.

Suggested donation to Sierra Club: $2 Sierra Club members, $5 non-members. Donations help cover costs of organizing outings and help support Suncoast Sierra's outings program.

Reservations, Cancellations and no shows: If you will not be able to attend the paddle, please give me a courtesy call in advance. On the day of the outing call me on my cell [masked]).

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  • Ben B.

    I'd like to thank everyone for the great day. You all were great company. For of those of you that took photos, it would be great if you can upload them to this Meetup so they can be shared.

    July 6, 2014

  • patricia C.

    Nice day... Good to meet you...

    July 5, 2014

  • Alex K.

    Any issues with bringing a paddleboard instead of kayak/canoe? I have no problem sitting on it to get through mangrove tunnels.

    July 2, 2014

    • Ben B.

      This paddle through mangrove tunnels is not appropriate for paddleboards.

      July 3, 2014

  • Deborah T.

    I'm sorry but I can't come this weekend. I look forward to next time

    July 2, 2014

  • Effie D.

    For those renting: The rental place opens at 9. I was told our meet up point is about a 10 minute paddle from them. So I'm hoping the rest of the group will wait for us.

    July 1, 2014

    • Ben B.

      The rental location was on the water across the road from the visitor center parking. We'll meet at the end of the road, which is further down. Renters will need to paddle to meet others putting in at the public ramp at the end of the road.

      July 1, 2014

    • Ben B.

      We'll wait or start paddling toward the rental location to rendezvous.

      July 1, 2014

  • Effie D.

    I put myself down for this, however, it also all depends on the kayak place getting back to me on a kayak rental for the morning. I left a message.

    June 30, 2014

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