Trip title: Howard to Anclote Keys (Level 2)
Trip leader: Dave Schmidt, firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-842-0135 (h)
Description: Launching from Fred Howard Beach we'll paddle the length of the Anclote National Wildlife Refuge on the east side of Anclote Island. We'll make a stretch stop at the north end and a longer one near the state park pier at the south end. There we'll take the time for a lunch as well as a walk to the lighthouse and casually explore the area.
Location: North end of Fred Howard Park, 1700 Sunset Dr, Tarpon Springs, FL
Schedule: Meet at 9:00, ready to paddle at 9:30. Return likely after 2:30 pm (how often do you get to stroll around Anclote Key?)
Additional information: Fred Howard is a Pinellas County Park so $5 daily fee if you don't have the annual pass.
Difficulty: It's a 2.5 mile open water crossing to Anclote Island where rough water and challenging winds may be encountered. Approx. 10 miles, level 2 (in good conditions)
Current forecast is for sunny and SSW winds 7mph. Tides favorable with high 2'3" @ 11:12a, low 0'10" @ 4:17p.
Required / suggested / restricted: Crossing open water so sea kayaks over 15 feet, with bulkheads, wear sprayskirt. Must be experienced with a wet exit and comfortable in choppy conditions. Bring lunch.
See the Skills Self Assessment Chart on the web site and contact the leader with any questions. Please register (or cancel) on the web site or RSVP to the trip leader to allow notification of any changes.