TBPH Weeki Wachee Kayaking
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Hellooooooooooooooo Tampa Bay Parrot Heads!!!
We have quite a few members that are interested in more outdoor outings. Doug is championing a Kayak/Canoe trip on 8/29. PLease see below and reserve your boats today!
Kayak and Canoe Float Trip - Weeki Wachee
Saturday, August 29th
The Weeki Wachee river is a spring fed river that runs about 5 miles when starting at the Weeki Wachee State Park. This will offer a slow current along clear 72 degree water. Along the way there are numerous places to stop and wade, swim and jump out of trees for the daring. Because it is a State Park, alcohol is prohibited.
While there are deep spots along the river, in most locations, even an accidental fall out of the kayak or canoe will leave you able to stand safely and/or make it to the side to reqroup. The biggest concern might be ensuring your belongings are secured and stored in a dry bag if necessary.
For some, paddling up river first may be desired. For this, the starting location would be Rogers Park.
To accomodate both interests, the timing should be staggered with the people starting at the State Park beginning around noon. Those starting out the day paddling up river would meet at Rogers Park around 8:00 am. It's meant to be a relaxing day on the water in nature however, so if the timing is not coordinated exactly, there will be plenty of opportunity to meet up on the rvier along the way.
At this point, the float would be best designed for a casual outing for those interested.
If for some reason there was enough demand we could seek out a location on the water so we would have a formal place to stop (and legally drink). This would be the option I would recommend for any outings we might consider for next year.
Two locations that offer Kayak and Canoe rentals are:
(located at the top of the river in the State Park)
6131 Commercial Way
Weeki Wachee, FL 34606
The Kayak Shack on the Weeki Wachee
(located close to Rogers park, the takeout location - a shuttle is available through the Kayak Shack so you can rent from them and start at the top for the float down)
5414 Darlene St.
Weeki Wachee FL, 34607
These locations take reservations and fill up quick. Best to reserve early. If there are no available kayaks/canoes on a first call, you can always try back to see if reservations have been cancelled.
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