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Terra Ceia Bay Trail Report
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Report By:  jjann54321    Date: 2/12/2017    Type: Trip Report
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Pleasant area to paddle, the waters are relatively shallow (and clear) so you will not encounter a lot of large boat traffic. In some areas of the bay the water is choppy while in others like glass. The current can be quite strong.

My Report:

Kayaking in Terra Ceia Bay is relatively easy, at times you will encounter decent chop if you venture out into the "open” waters. If you run close to the coastline it is quite calm although you will be navigating around docks extending from the local mini-mansions. The waters are clear; you can see the bottom almost all of the time. If you are to venture to the trails it is about 2.5 miles from the launch to the mouth of the trails. If you are to kayak around/to Sisters Key, Ed's Key and that area (Miguel Bay) I would advise taking a map or a chart as it is quite easy to paddle past the mouth of the trails and get confused once you enter. There are a few recesses of mangroves that would suggest a trail opening but they are not (but they are interesting to explore). If you look closely down each mangrove recess you will see a boating sign about .25 miles (within view from the bay) inside the trail and you will then know you are on the correct path. Once you are inside the trails there is an abundance of wildlife above and below the water’s surface. The water is some areas are very shallow and there are plenty of oyster beds scattered throughout. If you navigate during high(er) tide you can paddle from the launch to Tampa Bay where you can clearly view Egmont Key, The Sunshine Skyway and many other local points of interest. Another option is paddling around the point (Rattlesnake Key) and into Tampa Bay from there. I will say that the waters can get quite rough (choppy) and you will encounter many boats in that area as the water is deeper (with a boating channel [buoys, etc.]) as you approach the point. Overall I would rate this area as "Fair", "Good" if you are into longer paddles and don't mind the chop and current. I highly advise doing a little homework and taking a look at a chart/map and plotting your course accordingly. If you plan on paddling from the launch to Tampa Bay, plan on an 8 to 10 mile trip; pack plenty of snacks and drinks.

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Location Data:

Launch Site: Sand
Considerations: Tide
Dangers: Nothing Special
Distance (miles): 9
Fees/Costs $: 0

Special Interests and Comments:

Special InterestsEntrance (mouth) of trails: 27°33'21.73"N 82°36'10.92"W

Post Date: 3/2/2017

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