This is a wildlife viewing trip with the goal of seeing alligators (if the sun is out) and hopefully many of the wading birds that frequent the park. This paddle is open to anyone, but we will have a Level 1 beginners option which will be 5 miles or less and an advanced beginner option which will be approximately 6 miles long. We will paddle upstream toward the Upper Myakka Lake and then return downriver to the launch site. This section of the river is narrow with many twists and turns. Most of it flows through a flood plain and has little tree cover and grassy banks. Since this part of the river has one of the highest densities of alligators in Florida, the trip is not recommended for those who are afraid of alligators.
What to bring: Money for the entrance fee (the entrance fee is $4.00 for one person and $6.00 for two or more people per vehicle), lunch (we will stop somewhere along the way for a picnic lunch), and binoculars (if you are interested in wildlife viewing).