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Short Paddles North Of St. Pete

Post By:mzpaddler on 1/6/2017 6:54pm
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We are paddlers from New York and will be in the Treasure Island area for 2 weeks at the beginning of Feb. Can anyone recommend some 2-4 hour paddles up to an hour or so away? We will need to rent a canoe, as well as go both ways or find a shuttle. We prefer small rivers/streams with some natural element to them (not house after house). Thanks! Becky

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RE: Short Paddles North Of St. Pete
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Post By: dejavu on 1/13/2017 6:07am

Take a look here:
http://www.floridapaddlingtrails.com/trips.asp?region=8

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Post By: tonto on 1/13/2017 7:43am

Treasure Island is in a very urban area. The list of paddle places provided is a good "short drive" list to use. If you want to see some very unusual, very Florida sights, then I strongly recommend these where you can rent boats.

- 20 mile Drive: Weedon Island - A 4 mile paddle thru mangrove rails. Google Sweetwater Kayaks.

- 45 mile Drive: Hillsboroough River (Sargeant's Park) - a 4 or 8 mile (depends on take out) paddle down river. A few gators, lots of birds. Google Canoe Escape.

- 50 mile Drive: Weeki Wachee River - a 6 mile paddle down river on a crystal clear river which flows at 2 mph close to the headwaters. Almost like a Disney ride. Lots of twists and turns. Google Weeki Wachee Paddle Adventures.

- 60 mile Drive: Homosasa Springs State Park, home of the manatee. See the manatees from a pontoon boat or Google a place to rent boats.

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