Fort DeSoto - Level 1

  • 14 Oct 2020
  • 9:30 AM
  • Fort DeSoto Park
  • 1


  • 2-3 hours along Mullet Key


Meet Al Tillson (813-832-3961; at the northeastern end of Fort DeSoto Park at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday October 14 for a 10 a.m. launch.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we will practice social distancing on and off the water and prioritize towing in the event of a capsize.  To facilitate this, we will spend a few minutes before launch learning and practicing an easy method of getting into our boats that makes it possible to handle slightly deeper water.

We’ll be paddling about 2-3 hours at a leisurely pace out and back along both sides of eastern Mullet Key with a break somewhere around midway. Should see nice views of the Skyway Bridge, some commercial shipping in the Egmont Channel, lots of mangroves, a variety of fish, a fair array of water birds, and hopefully the occasional dolphin or manatee. 

Be sure to bring plenty of water, a face mask, lunch/snack, sunscreen, repellent, and footwear that will protect you against possible oyster shells at take outs.   A waterproof outer shell is also a good idea.  All boats should have sealed flotation and bow and stern grab loops and/or deck lines. 

Please RSVP on club website.  Detailed directions to launch spot will be sent to those who register.

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