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]).