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The Joy of Local Paddle Trips

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Published Friday, March 01, 2002

Paddler on Pithlachascotee River

It's the weekend. The sun is out, no sign of rain, the lawn is mowed (or maybe not) and all of a sudden it hits you. The undeniable urge to go paddling. Unless you live in the middle of a desert, you probably don't need to travel far.

Local trips offer an opportunity to get out and paddle, without the headache of arranging long shuttles or begging the boss for time off work. These quick excursions also offer an excellent way to exercise while enjoying the great outdoors and exploring your city's unique and beautiful environment.

If you're having trouble finding a new place to paddle, the list of tips below just might help:

  • Try local or state paddling clubs. Members are always quick to give you directions to the latest whitewater play hole, crystal clear lake or tropical key.
  • Outfitters and kayak/canoe rental shops. Most offer guided trips, but they can also provide maps and equipment for self-guided tours.
  • Your County Park Service. Check them out for brochures and information on canoe and kayak access points.
  • The Internet. Use search engines like Google, MSN or Yahoo with keywords of Your City Name +Kayak +Canoe +Raft +Access.
  • City and County maps. You won't believe the places I've found that are generally not well know. Just be careful to obey all private property restrictions.
  • Guide and Travel books. Along with the typical tourist destinations, many guide and travel books provide basic information, maps and photos that can help you discover new paddling locations.

So, if you would rather paddle the local watering hole than lounge at it, grab your boat and gear. We'll see you on the water.

Ed Schessl

PS: If you live in the Tampa Bay area, here is my short list of favorites: Fort DeSoto Park, Anclote Key, Weedon Island and the Hillsborough River. For more info on these local hotspots, check out Central Florida Kayak Trips.

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Unknown on 1/30/2009 5:31pm
With advice like this, I'd think a person could easily get out more than twice a month. Wink