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Hobe Sound, Florida Report
(Jimmy Graham Park)

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Report By:  lynette422001    Date: 10/15/2009 
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This Martin County park has a boat ramp (suitable substitute for a canoe/kayak launch), parking (overnight parking not permitted), bathrooms, and picnic tables.

My Report:

Trip Report, the Intracaostal Waterway near Hobe Sound, Florida

"The Shortest Paddle Ever"

On this very warm October day, 6 devoted paddling companions sought a venue to paddle and keep cool. The area had been having record high temperatures (91 degrees) and the goal was to paddle without becoming overheated.

This goal was achieved at Jimmy Graham Park. This Martin County park has bathrooms, plenty of parking, picnic tables, and a boat ramp. There are channel markers. Most importantly, the paddle from the boat ramp to the beach is about 30 minutes.

Jimmy Graham Park is very near Jupiter Island and in this area, the island is very narrow. There are two marked spots where it is easy to walk across the dunes and a path is clear. The dunes and native vegetation are fragile and easily damaged by feet however are sturdy and protective during high wind conditions. For these reasons, it is important to always use the designated dune crossovers.

From the park, paddle a short distance north to either of 2 marked crossovers. The beach is a short 5 minute walk. The beach is only accessible by boat, so has very few worshipers. The swimming, beachcombing, and associated contemplative activities are fabulous and restorative.

The return trip was marked by a few exploratory side trips into the ever present mangrove canals. Wildlife sightings for the day include a manatee (in the Atlantic), many bait fish, an unidentified fin, great blue herons, ibis, white herons, brown pelicans, sandpipers, and little blue herons.

If you go, take plenty of water, sunscreen, insect repellant, a friend or two, a PFD, and don't be in a rush. This is an experience to be savored.

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Location Data:

Difficulty: Easy
Location Type: Saltwater
Boat Type: Kayak
Distance (miles): 1-2
Fees/Costs $: 0

Photos from Jimmy Graham Park:    (Click image to view full size)

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Jupiter Island

photo by Colene Beckett

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morning glory

photo by Colene Beckett

Special Interests and Comments:

Special InterestsThis is a great place for a short or long paddle in the Intracoastal. The beach access is very easy, in case you want to take a swim.

Post Date: 10/17/2009

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