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Everglades Kayak Adventure

The Basics:
Event Type:Adventure
Event Location: Collier-Seminole State Park   Adventure: Everglades Kayak Adventure  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Jan 12 2023  8:00 am >> Tue, Jan 17 2023 8:00 pm
Registration Opens: Sun, Oct 2 2022 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Oct 22 2022 11:25 pm
Event Duration:5 Days 12 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:27 Miles
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Member Cost:$25.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


If you've ever wanted to gently paddle with the tide along an estuary tunneling through a mangrove canopy or sit by a fire on the beach of a small island watching the sun go down over the ocean or finally, explore reefs filled with rainbows of exotic fish, this is the adventure for you. This is a two part trip with 3 days, 2 nights exploring the Ten Thousand Islands off the southwest coast of Florida and then driving to Southeast Florida to explore the reefs of John PenneKamp Coral Reef State Park. 

These dates were pickedd base on the most favorable tides going out and coming back to launch. 


Thursday, January 12, Fly to Ft. Myers Florida and be picked up to drive an hour to Collier-Seminole State Park and camp overnight. Trip leaders will have driven down from Atlanta the day before.

Friday, January 13, Our rented kayaks will be delivered at the launching site at the Park. We'll get an early start with the tides and paddle the morning on the Blackwater River meandering 4 miles through the mangroves to Mud Bay and the Ten Thousand Islands. We'll cross the bay and skirt some small island another 4 miles to eat lunch at the Crabby Lady in the old fishing village of Goodland. Then we will paddle 6 miles between the islands and the ocean to White Horse Key where we will camp on the small beach (chances are exclusively) for the night.

Saturday January 14, Spend the day meandering the islands and along the sea 6 miles to Tiger Key. Tiger Key is a designated camping site and requires a permit which we will secure ahead of time. We'll probably meet a few other campers there. 

Sunday, January 15, we will make are way to Sandfly Island to explore this interesting destination and then make are way to Chocolaskee Island to eat lunch and turn over the kayaks. We will then drive about 1.5 hrs. to Homestead to stay in a Hotel about 25 miles from Pennekamp.  May do a little nightlife near Miami.

Monday, January 16. We will drive the short distance to Pennekamp and do a half day of snorkeling on an excursion to the reefs. Explore Pennekamp beaches. Return to hotel for the night. 

Tuesday, January 17, drive back to Ft Myers for flight out to Atlanta. 2.5 hr. drive. 

Mosquitos and noseums are minimal in January, but still need bug spray. 




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Failure to pay within the given timeframe will result in your removal from the active roster.

Required Items to Bring:

Tent, sleeping bag and pad, (can be rented)

camping food for two days (B, L & D), 2 gal. water, bug spray, sun screen, head covering, head lamp, eating utensils,  

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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$25.00/Person
Cost Includes:

Estimated Costs per person:  paid individually 

Roundtrip airfare: $250.00

Hotel: $150 for 2 nights, 2 per room

PAID TO TRIP LEADER  TL will coordinate with vendors (cost estimate based on number of participants

Kayak rental: single $210 3 days; tandem $340

Half-day snorkeling excursion to reefs, $70 includes equipment  

Camping fee, permit and kayak transport $35


Payment Cut Off:  Payment must be received by the AOC on Fri., Oct. 14, 2022. Make a Payment: Click below for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.

Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the AOC on Sat, Oct 22 2022.
Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance: Please review the AOC cancellation policy.