Paddling Southern Florida: A Guide to the Area's Greatest Paddling Adventures

Paddling Southern Florida: A Guide to the Area's Greatest Paddling Adventures

by Nigel Foster

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Overview

Southern Florida is a paddler's paradise, from sandy keys, to mazes of mangroves, and sparkling aquamarine water in between. This guide includes more than 50 trips that are a perfect introduction to exploring the waterways and coasts of Southern Florida. Nigel Foster offers expert insider tips on how to manage tides and changeable weather, alerts readers to potential hazards on the routes, and includes fun anecdotes of his experiences with the area wildlife.

Look inside to find: clear maps, difficulty ratings, and points of special interest, as well as fascinating insights on the history and ecology of Florida's waterways.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493025664
Publisher: Falcon Guides
Publication date: 10/01/2016
Series: Paddling Series
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,243,546
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Nigel Foster is an accomplished paddler, who has taught sea kayaking classes around the world, designed sea kayaks, and written numerous books on the subject, including Encounters From a Kayak and Stepping Stones of Ungava and Labrador.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction 1

Kayaks and Equipment 3

Tips for Paddling in Southern Florida 5

How to Use This Guide 9

Natural History 12

Map Legend 16

The Paddles

1 Mosquito Lagoon 17

2 Loxahatchee River 25

3 Jupiter and Intracoastal Waterway 33

4 Crystal River: Three Sisters Springs 40

5 Weeki Wachee River 45

6 Honeymoon Island 56

7 Hillsborough River: Hillsborough River Park to Dead River 63

8 Hillsborough River: Sargeant Park Upstream Round-Trip 67

9 Hillsborough River: Sargeant Park to Morris Bridge Park 72

10 Hillsborough River: Morris Bridge Park to Trout Creek 76

11 Hillsborough River: Trout Creek to Lettuce Lake 79

12 Snug Harbor and Weedon Island North 83

13 Weedon Island Preserve 88

14 Egmont Key from Mullet Key 97

15 Egmont Key from Anna Maria Island 103

16 Lido Key 107

17 Turtle Beach 114

18 South Creek and Blackburn Point 119

19 Myakka River 123

20 Peace River: Zolfo Springs to Gardner 129

21 Peace River: Gardner to Arcadia 134

22 Peace River Fossil Hunt 138

23 Boggess Hole 142

24 Cape Haze 147

25 Cabbage Key from Boca Grande 151

26 Cabbage Key from Pine Island 157

27 Sanibel Island 163

28 Tarpon Bay 169

29 Matlacha Pass 175

30 Orange River 180

31 Mound Key 185

32 Black Island 189

33 Wiggins Pass 193

34 Rookery Bay 196

35 Halloway Island 200

36 Cape Romano from Goodland 204

37 Cape Romano and Kice Island from Marco Island 213

38 Fakahatchee Island 219

38A Fakahatchee Island, Alternative Start 223

39 Everglades City Circuit 225

40 Turner River Loop 238

41 Turner River from Tamiami Trail 243

42 Picnic Key 247

43 Hells Bay 251

44 Cape Sable 255

45 Nest Keys 264

45A Nest Keys Overnight 269

46 El Radabob Key 273

47 Shell Key 277

48 Lignumvitae Key 282

49 Indian Key 287

50 Raccoon Key 291

51 Geiger Key 298

52 Snipe Point and Mud Keys 302

Appendices

A Paddlesports Rentals, Tours, Sales, Instruction, and Shuttles 309

B Parks, Museums, and Preserves 319

C Local Events 329

D Travel to and within Florida and Paddling Clubs 331

E Books Relating to Florida and Paddling in Florida 334

F A List of the Sidebars 337

Index 339

About the Author 343

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