Camping in the 10,000 Islands - Level 2

  • 29 Apr 2016
  • 10:00 AM
  • 01 May 2016
  • Panther Key - Departing Goodland Boating Park ramp, Goodland, FL


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Trip Leaders: 
 Mary Mangiapia

 Andy Bartley

Where:  Departing from Goodland Boat Ramp Park and kayaking to Panther Key.  Saturday a day trip to Dismal Key and returning via Whitehorse Key to Panther Key.  Returning to Goodland on Sunday morning.

Distance:  Several trips in the 8-10 NM range.  

Skill level:  Level II paddling skills with ability to endure heat/cold/insects and animals related to wilderness camping in Florida.

Trip Requirements:  

 Boat:  Expedition capable boat meaning watertight bulkheads (or pre-approved boat), paddle with spare, spray skirt, pump, paddle float, PFD with required CG equipment.  

 Skills:  Paddler must be comfortable in open water and paddling against strong winds and tides.  

Camping:  Prepared with own food and water for 3 days minimum.  Able to cope with adverse wind, tides, weather and insects/animals.  Bring a fishing rod if you like.

Trip Description:  Mary and Andy are going camping and you are invited to join!  Do it now before the weather gets too hot!

                The 10,000 Islands are located just to the north of Everglades National Park.  Come explore and camp in this remote area with Mary and Andy.  It's a bit of a challenge to get there, but totally worth it.  We will leave the park at Goodland ($10 per day parking) and chase the outgoing tide into the open Gulf of Mexico.  Turn south along the coast to follow the island chain south about 8 nautical miles to Panther Key for camping, camaraderie and a campfire. 

On Saturday we will head over to Dismal Key for a little exploration of an ancient man made shell mound and island.  We will likely return by a different route and stop on Whitehorse Key for a little break and exploration before returning to Panther Key.

Sunday morning will be an early departure to follow the incoming tide back up the Marco River to Goodland.

Caveats:  There will be weather...sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not.  Be prepared!  It may be hot, if you are easily heat stressed, this may not be the trip for you.  It may be cold at night.  This time of year we may still have nights in the 50's.  And it may rain.

 There WILL be mosquitoes and no-see-ums!  Be prepared!  

 There will PROBABLY be raccoons ( If the snakes didn't eat them all yet).  They will want to eat your food and drink your water. 


It's all about the attitude!

Facebook group called 'TBSK Camping' (without the quotes) to facilitate group communication.  Otherwise email or call us with any questions.

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