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Ft. DeSoto Shell Key - Level 2

  • 06 Feb 2023
  • 9:30 AM
  • Ft. DeSoto Park, Tierra Verde


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Ft. DeSoto Shell Key - Level 2

Trip leader: Dave Schmidt,, 608-842-0135 (h)

Co-Leader: Carl Boettger

Haven't been to Ft. De Soto's Shell Key in a while and the tides look favorable for the 6th so let's do it!  Depending on conditions we'll launch from Arrowhead Picnic Area, cross Bunces Pass to circumnavigate Shell Key, explore the short mangrove trail through Sawyer Key all while being entertained by the cormorants diving around our kayaks. There are protected areas on the inside of Shell where we expect to see many birds.  Meet at 9:30, ready to launch at 10.

For those reading this who haven't been should be on your tick list. A club destination favorite.

Eats and refreshments later at the Island Grill and Raw Bar.

Location: 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL 33715    Toll to get to TierraVerde (Sunpass or $1?).  Ft. DeSoto Park parking $5 (fees). Launch at the Arrowhead Picnic area at the north end of the park.

Additional information: Restroom at Arrowhead.  We'll also stop for leisurely break at Irma Pass.  High tide 1.4ft @1:41p, low 1ft @5:40p 

Difficulty: Not a lot of miles (around 5mi) but crossing Bunces and following the Gulf coast has me thinking we'll call this a Level 2 trip.  

Required / suggested / restricted: Going out on the Gulf so only kayaks 15ft or longer with bulkheads (for floatation), sprayskirts, no inflatable pfd's.  Sun/insect protection, snack/water.

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.

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