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Please practice social distancing at all times and maintain 6 ft. (minimum distance) from fellow paddlers. Rotary Riverfront Park is at the Intersection of Fowler Ave. and I-75 (very easy to get to!). The section of the River that we will be paddling is a beautiful and very tranquil section of the Hillsborough River with shade from the tall trees lining both sides of the river. Please arrive on time (8:30 am) for a 9:00 AM SHARP launch. This location is also a small boat launch ramp so please launch on either side (grass) of the ramp. We will paddle up river for 4 miles before turning around and paddling back (total - approx. 8 miles). Don't forget your PFD, water, bug spray, sunscreen,etc. ONLY members allowed on this paddle. No guests, pets or +1's. There is no kayak rental at this location. If you sign up for this paddle, you should have paddled a distance of 8 miles within the past 6 months. This paddle is not for novices/beginners. Please indicate in your response whether you will be paddling a KAYAK or a SUP.
Please practice Social Distancing and maintain 6 ft. minimum distance at ALL times. Please wear a face mask prior to and after the paddle while "socializing" with attendees. **************************** NEW GUIDELINES! Several of our members sign up for an event as soon as it is posted with the sole intent of "securing" a spot in what soon becomes a "wait listed" event. They then hold their spot until 2-3 days prior to the event and then change their RSVP to "Not Going". In an effort to stem this selfish behavior, If a member has THREE cancellations in any 30 day period (i.e. change RSVP from "going" to "not going"), they will be banned from trips organized by yours truly for a period of six months. Thanks for your understanding and thanks for being considerate of other Suncoast Pedal & Paddle members. ********************** Shell Key Preserve is an 1,828-acre preserve in Tierra Verde, Pinellas County. The Preserve, located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, protects sensitive marine habitats and includes one of the country's largest underdeveloped barrier islands as well as numerous mangrove islands and expansive sea grass beds. The "centerpiece" of the preserve is a 195-acre barrier island known as Shell Key. The Preserve is an important sanctuary for nesting , wintering, and migrating birds, as well as a popular fishing area. LAUNCH TIME! Arrive no later than 8:30 am since we launch at 9:00 am SHARP! Trip length is approximately 5 miles with one 30 minute break. This paddle is for intermediate level paddlers (no beginners). We will paddle along the protected shore of Shell Key. We will have a 30 minute break on Shell Key beach to swim in the crystal clear water of the Gulf, snorkel, collect shells, have a snack and watch for dolphin. It is recommended to bring water shoes in addition to the usual sunscreen, bug repellent, water, SNACKS, snorkel, PFD and whistle, hat, sunglasses, etc. Upon Arrival: Please sign in on the "Participant Liability Waiver" BEFORE you get in to your kayak. No guests, pets or +1's allowed on this trip. Cattsper Hole (aka "Hole in the Hedge") is a break in the mangrove barrier around the Preserve along Pinellas Bayway. Navigate to 2876 Pinellas Bayway S. Tierra Verde, FL 33715 toward Ft. Desoto Park. Do NOT enter Ft. Desoto Park! CAUTION: If you reach the toll bridge just before Ft. Desoto, you went too far! LANDMARK: "Hole in the Hedge" is approximately 1/4 mile before the Pinellas Bayway S. toll bridge where the road changes from a FOUR lane divided highway to TWO lanes (just before Tampa Bay Watch Center). Please let us know whether you will be paddling a KAYAK or a SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) at this event.
Paddle in crystal clear water on a scenic trip to the Island of Durney Key where you can view the off-shore stilt homes (see photos). We paddle out from Port Richey Waterfront Park to Durney Key where we can swim, relax, collect shells and have a snack. Nearby are the off shore stilt homes of Pasco, a rare sight and definitely worth seeing. Please obey "social distancing" and maintain a distance of 6 ft. from other paddlers at all times. Please also wear a face mask while "socializing" with other paddlers prior to and after the paddle. Total trip distance is 7.5 miles. Due to unpredictable paddling conditions (wind, current, waves), this trip is intended for intermediate/advanced paddlers only! No guests, pets or +1's allowed on this trip. Please arrive by 8:30 am since we will launch at 9:00 am SHARP! Upon Arrival: Please sign in on the "Participant Liability Waiver" BEFORE you get in to the water. Don't forget to bring: PFD and whistle (both required by law), water, bug spray, sunscreen, water shoes, snacks, etc.