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Jigg's Landing on the Ever's Reservoir, an old fishing camp, offers freshwater paddling opportunities and a user friendly new kayak launch on the Braden River. We will paddle up the scenic Braden River, a plethora of fauna and flora, a distance of 4 miles (total trip mileage is 8 miles). We will have a brief rest at Linger Lodge before heading back to Jigg's Landing. Total trip distance is 8 miles and it is NOT recommended for beginner/novice paddlers! No guests or +1's allowed on this trip. Please arrive by 9:00 am since we will launch at 9:30 am SHARP! Upon Arrival: Please sign in on the "Participant Liability Waiver" BEFORE you get in to your kayak. This is a popular boat launch so please clear the launch area as soon as possible and be considerate of boaters. Don't forget to bring: PFD and whistle (both required by law), water, bug spray, sunscreen, water shoes, snacks, etc. Please respond to the question if you will be joining us for lunch at Linger Lodge AFTER the paddle.
This is an out and back ride, stating at the Legacy Trail Parking lot and going to the foot of the Laurel Rd bridge. It covers about 14.5 miles, with speeds of 10-12 mph. There are two scheduled water stops, more if riders call for them. Plan to arrive at least ten minutes early as we start on time. If you bring a guest, it's your responsibility to inform him/her of the requirements for the ride. BRING: road ready bike, helmet, spare tube or co2 cartridge for flats, water and anything else you think you need. Read the About section before signing up, which is located below the group photo.
We're launching from the small beach, next to the parking lot and across from O'Leary's.Launch time is 5 PM, so plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before so you can be ready. This is a downtown paddle through some areas you've probably seen by car, but not by kayak/SUP. We'll start by paddling around the park and into the marina by Marina's Jack's so we can view some million dollar yachts. From there we paddle back into the bay towards Selby Gardens and follow the coast into Hudson Bayou ( watch out for the oyster bar ). We'll paddle under the Osprey Ave and Orange Ave bridges before returning to the bay. We'll continue to explore some canals where the 1% live and then head back across the bay and under the Ringling Causeway. From there we need to find a nice spot to bob in the bay while watching the sunset. There won't be any place to get out of our kayaks for a stretch, so any rests will be in the kayak. Read the About section, which is under the photo on our meetup site. It reviews rules and regulations. Afterwards, we can stop at O'Leary's tiki hut for a beer, a burger and listen to some live music. BRING: Kayak/SUP, PFD, whistle, water, snack, flashlight/head lamp and anything else you think you'll need. DIRECTIONS: The address is 2 Marina Plaza, but when you get to the light on US 41 (also called Bayfront Dr downtown) where you turn, it's called Ringling Blvd. Don't be confused, it's the same. Turn west towards the water, not downtown, and then take the first left into the parking lot closest to the water. Look for my red Mazda hatchback. It's a fairly short walk to the launch area, but you might want to bring wheels.
Would you know what to do if you were to fall out of your kayak in deep water and you were all alone? Accidents do happen and you should be prepared with a well rehearsed and executed self rescue. This self rescue skills set is designed for you to self rescue on the kayak that you commonly paddle whether it is a sit-on-top, a sea kayak, a recreational kayak, an open cockpit, or a surf-ski. This session is for all paddlers who are not familiar with self rescue in their OWN kayak. It is meant to get you acquainted with the technique(s) that you will need to execute a self rescue in deep water. It will be SPECIFIC to the kayak that you bring to the session. We will be practicing the "cowboy scramble" which is the most common and one of the easiest techniques of self rescue to execute. This self rescue session is limited to 6 paddlers. Due to this limited number of spaces, please sign up ONLY if you are sure that you will be attending. Make sure you go to recently renovated NORTH Coquina Boat Ramp at 1465 Gulf Dr. S. (NOT the SOUTH Coquina Boat Ramp near the Longboat Key Bridge).