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Circumnavigate Lover’s Key State Park
Please read entire post before you RSVP. This is one of my favorite summer paddles since we get to play and swim at the beach, too. INTERMEDIATE and above paddle.We will start in the bay and paddle out into the gulf through Big Carlos Pass, along the coast of Lover’s Key State Park, and come back into the bay through New Pass. Or depending on the winds and tides, we can continue to paddle around Big Hickory Island. Total distance approximately 7 to 8 miles. Not at all suitable for beginners because of the distance and possible choppy water in the gulf. The tides can be pretty strong in the passes, too. 14’ or longer kayaks suggested. Beach breaks along the way for shelling, swimming, and walking. When you unload your boats at the launch, please try to avoid blocking the boat ramps. You can unload and then park in the few car spots near the bait shop if available. If not, there is plenty of parking on the grass. The last time I was there, no fees required for launching or parking. Lunch afterwards at Flippers.

Lovers Key State Park/Boat Ramp/Bait Shop

8700 Estero Blvd · Fort Myers Beach, FL

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There are many great places to get out on the water in our area - streams, rivers, lakes, secluded coves, canals, lakes, bays, sounds and the Gulf. In many places the water is shallow and not easily accessible with motor boats but ideally in a kayak. Many enjoy getting away from a hectic lifestyle and relaxing on the water at a slower pace. This is a major benefit of kayaking. But kayaks have other benefits too. They allow us to observe the sub-tropical flora and fauna of the aquatic environment up close without destroying it. Except for the gas needed to get to the launch site, kayakers do not pollute our environment and save a lot of money compared to owners of larger sail or power boats. New kayaks are available for as little as $250. But you can pay $2,000 if you'd like something special. People without kayaks are also welcome. Many of our outings start at locations with kayak rentals or you can pick one up along the way. Our outings are suitable for kayakers of all levels. So, come join us and bring some friends with you.

Besides the outings planned by our organizers, all members can now post events. We do not screen these persons nor have we checked out their kayaking abilities. Regardless of who organizes and posts an event, when you take part you alone are responsible for your safety. Kayaking can be dangerous. Become aware of the dangers of wind, waves, currents, wakes from big boats, sun and heat. Make sure you have a personal flotation device with you. A whistle and flares are good in case you need to get attention to get help. Take food, water and sun block. Be ready to turn back if you no longer feel comfortable in a situation. No other person knows better what your limits are than you. Realize that risk can not be eliminated totally. Storms with strong winds, big waves and driving rain can develop quickly. Pay attention to changes in the weather and head for shore where you can wait safely until it has passed. Being out a long way from shore is risky because kayaks can not travel quick enough to get to shore when a storm develops. For that reason it is always safest to paddle fairly close to shore so that it can be reached in just a couple minutes if necessary.

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