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Circumnavigate Egmont Key - Ft. Desoto Gulf Fishing Pier

  • 26 May 2024
  • 9:00 AM
  • Ft. Desoto Gulf Fishing Pier – Ft. Desoto Park


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Circumnavigate Egmont Key - Ft. Desoto Gulf Fishing Pier

Sunday, May 26th 9:00 AM 


Trip leader: Bill Morgan,, (239)-464-4944

Description: Meet at the Ft. Desoto Gulf Fishing Pier parking lot.  There are two piers at Ft. Desoto so call me if you’re unsure which one.  Please arrive by 8:30 so we can get boats unloaded and lined up on the beach by the pier.  We’ll do a quick safety brief, check the conditions, and launch by 9:00 to take advantage of the slack tide.   We’ll plan to paddle southwest to the southern end of the island.  Work our way back to the north along the beach.  Poke around the wreckage (bring a mask and snorkel if you want) and then land on the beach near the hiking trails on the north end.  We can take some time to grab lunch and hike in to see the old fort.  On our return we’ll paddle north across the boat channel and then we’ll ride the tide back on a Easterly heading.  Expect to be back at the launch NLT 2:00 PM.  Bring some lunch. 

Location: Ft. Desoto Gulf Fishing Pier – Ft. Desoto Park

Schedule: Sunday May 26th, Meet at 8:30 AM with a departure time of 9:00 AM.  Return to the launch NLT 2:00 PM

Additional information: Everyone without an annual pass to Ft. Desoto will have to pay the day use fee, no water connections are available for boat cleaning.  Please bring lunch given the length of the trip

Difficulty: Level III, distance of 7.53 miles total, open water paddle, may be choppy, must have open water skills (See Skills Self Assessment Chart link below for level assignment) 

Required: Sea kayak at least 15' with water-tight bulkheads, deck lines, and spray deck; no inflatable PFDs. Bring lots of water/sports drink, snacks, and sunscreen.

Please register on the web site or RSVP to the trip leader to allow notification of any changes. 

SkillsSelfAssessmentChart.pdf ( 

Sun  26     High   4:22 AM     1.9   

     26      Low   9:16 AM     1.2   

     26     High   2:43 PM     2.8

     26      Low  10:22 PM    -0.3

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