Focus On Recreational Kayaking

Focus On Recreational Kayaking In Texas

Texas:  The Lone Star State is a haven for all paddlers.  One kayaking spot that shouldn't be overlooked is Mustang Island State Park in Nueces County, Texas.  Mustang Island provides great paddling opportunities. Whether you're into kayaking or canoeing, you'll have plenty of time to get wet! Three trails ranging from about 5¼ miles to 8½ miles follow the western shoreline on Corpus Christi Bay. There are great (gr8t) shallow kayak fishing spots along the way! For more info on Mustang Island yakking and paddling ops contact naturetourism@tpwd.state.tx.us

Florida

It's difficult to narrow down the choices, because the east coast of Florida offers numerous spots for kayakers to put in.

 

Flagler County is one of our favorites. This time we will focus on The Gamble Rogers State Recreation Area. This park near Flagler Beach offers opportunities for recreational kayakers, ocean kayakers and non-kayak enthusiasts too. The Recreation Area is about 3 miles south of the intersection of SR 100 and A-1-A in Flagler Beach, Florida. Coming from the south, it's about 11 miles north of the Volusia County/Flagler County line, along the west side of A-1-A. There's a boat ramp along the Intracoastal side of the park to launch your kayak from. Should you prefer ocean kayaking, you'll have to carry your gear across busy A-1-A. This park is open daily (365 days) from 8 am until sundown. A parking fee is currently (2009) about $5.00 USD There's a full facility campground just across A-1-A on the Atlantic. You might want to make a quick weekend trip here. Call 386-517-2086 for information.

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Kayak Sport Fishing

Seems as though more and more people are getting into fishing from a kayak.  Whether you prefer saltwater fishing or freshwater fishing, a kayak can be a good tool to use.  Without a motor, you can slip into the backwaters quietly, toss a line and wait for a bite.

 

I've checked out a couple of sites lately dealing with fishing from kayaks.  One of the ones that I like is bestfishingkayakfocus.com

 

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The waters of Mosquito Lagoon stretch from just south of New Smyrna Beach and the City of Edgewater in Volusia County to just north of Merritt Island in Brevard County. Mosquito Lagoon offers an excellent venue for kayaking, canoing and fishing. However, from the water, landmarks are quite often difficult to distinguish, so tagging along with a local guide is a good idea. Three public launch sites are available from the mainland along Riverside Drive in Edgewater, FL at Kennedy Memorial Park, Menard-May Park and Veterans Park via boat ramps. On the peninsula of New Smyrna Beach, access is available at Hiles Avenue boat ramp and within the Canaveral National Seashore Park. A majority of the lagoon is contained within the Canaveral National Seashore Park. The Park offers residents and visitors the opportunity to participate in guided kayak and canoe tours throughout the year. For the cost of the Canaveral National Seashore Park's entrance fee, the paddler is able to get acquainted with the waters of the Mosquito Lagoon. Phone 386.428.3384 ext 0 for a schedule of tour times.

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20

Jan

2014

Kayak Sport Fishing

Seems as though more and more people are getting into fishing from a kayak.  Whether you prefer saltwater fishing or freshwater fishing, a kayak can be a good tool to use.  Without a motor, you can slip into the backwaters quietly, toss a line and wait for a bite.

 

I've checked out a couple of sites lately dealing with fishing from kayaks.  One of the ones that I like is bestfishingkayakfocus.com

 

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Mon

26

Dec

2011

Kitesurfing In Volusia County

Kitesurfers Having Fun
Kitesurfers Having Fun

It's been an odd December here along the east coast of Florida.  Mostly hot weather coupled with lots of breezy days.  I had the opportunity to check out some kiteboarders recently near Ormond Plaza in Volusia County.  They were incredible!  Caught a lot of air.  Doing 360s and all sorts of manuevers. Kite surfing is a great way to stay in shape and have fun at the same time. 

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Aug

2011

Hurricane Precautions For Kayakers and Paddleboarders

We're right into the 2011 Hurricane Season here in the United States.  In fact, in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Bahamas, Florida and the eastern seaboard we need to keep apprised of weather conditions.

 

As a hurricane approaches land, we usually experience higher tides, wind gusts, heavy surf and heavy rain.  It's a good idea of course if you choose to paddle your kayak or your paddleboard at this time, to take impending weather conditions into account.  Stay safe.  It's a good idea to protect your investment by making sure your equipment is stored in a protected area.

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Jun

2011

Is The Heat On? Summer Is Here-Time To Kayak!

Well, summer is upon us here in the Northern Hemisphere.  The Summer Solstice is on June 21, 2011 and is noted as the official start of summer.  Here on the east coast of Florida we've been enjoying summer like weather for more than a month.  Everybody is hitting the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean and enjoying their favorite watersports.

 

This is the perfect time for to break out your kayak and paddling gear.  Here in Florida, it's preferable to paddle in the early morning and late afternoon.  The heat usually isn't so great, storms are finished and there are generally less crowds to contend with at those times. 

 

If you've never tried kayaking, then now is your golden opportunity.  More surf shops, outdoor recreation and sailboard shops are offering instruction.  Check your local shops.

 

If you're not in top shape for kayak paddling already then take a couple of weeks to get back in form.

 

Hope to see you on the water! 

 

 

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May

2011

Freshwater Kayak Fishing

 

In Florida, we are surrounded by saltwater in the form of rivers, oceans and bays.  Many of us live on rivers such as the Intracoastal Waterway, the Halifax River, the Banana River, etc.  Sometimes we forget that we also have access to plenty of freshwater, such as Lake Okeechobee, Lake Dora, Crescent Lake and so on.  These freshwater spots offer us a chance to focus on kayak fishing in different types of water.  As more and more people are discovering kayak fishing they are discovering that freshwater fishing whether on a lake, pond or creek is a sport that is fun for kayak anglers of all skill levels to enjoy.

 

With one of the innovative sit-on-top (SIT) or sit-in (SIK) kayak models, freshwater fishing has never been easier. The ability to get into areas where motor boaters can not makes sit-on-top kayaks and sit-in style kayaks equally suitable for a freshwater kayak fishing trip. Each of these kayak designs have models that you can use to fish relatively easily.

 

For kayak fishing, the main features that fishermen, fisher women or fisher kids should look for are stability, width and generous flat surfaces for connecting your fishing gear including rod holders fish finders, tackle boxes, waterproof bags, cell phones, paddle leashes, knives and pliers, coolers and more.

 

Many watersports stores now carry fishing kayaks. Other options would be online or through a catalog purchase. If you do not have much storage space for a kayak, consider renting one. They are usually available at most state or national parks that offer access to water.

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May

2011

Benefits of Stand Up Paddleboarding

 

Stand Up Paddle Boarding or SUP offers you a fantastic overall physical workout. If you are interested in both an aerobic workout and a strength work out then this is the perfect sport

 

The most obvious benefit of Stand Up Paddle Boarding is that it increases your level of fitness. It is a great sport for cross-training due to the fact that you use muscles not only in your core areas such as your legs, arms, back and stomach but even in your feet, toes and ankles. With SUP you become more coordinated as you learn to balance on the board while paddling. Stand up paddleboarding will give you more of a workout than you realize.

 

The environment you paddle in will determine the intensity of your workout. Depending on where you use your paddle board whether paddling in a pond or lake, upstream in a river or out on the ocean with the current and waves will determine your level of activity. Currents in either rivers or the ocean will provide a more intense work out. If you spend more time drifting with the tide or currents instead of paddling then you will have a less intensive work out.

 

As a sport, stand up paddle boarding has a lot of benefits over other activities. With running you get jarring impact to joints or muscles. That doesn't happen with paddleboarding. SUP is also a non-contact sport for the most part unless you engage in stand up surf paddle boarding.

 

Whether you decide to take a gentle paddle in a lake, up or down a river or even get out in the surf, Stand Up Paddle Boarding can be enjoyed wherever there is a body of water. Enjoying the fresh air, sun and exercise will add up to great health benefits.

 

Stand Up Paddle Boarding or SUP offers you a fantastic overall physical workout. If you are interested in focusing on both an aerobic workout and a strength work out then this is the perfect sport.

 

The most obvious benefit of Stand Up Paddle Boarding is that it increases your level of fitness. It is a great sport for cross-training due to the fact that you use muscles not only in your core areas such as your legs, arms, back and stomach but even in your feet, toes and ankles. With SUP you become more coordinated as you learn to balance on the board while paddling. Stand up paddleboarding will give you more of a workout than you realize.

 

The environment you paddle in will determine the intensity of your workout. Depending on where you use your paddle board whether paddling in a pond or lake, upstream in a river or out on the ocean with the current and waves will determine your level of activity. Currents in either rivers or the ocean will provide a more intense work out. If you spend more time drifting with the tide or currents instead of paddling then you will have a less intensive work out.

 

As a sport, stand up paddle boarding has a lot of benefits over other activities. With running you get jarring impact to joints or muscles. That doesn't happen with paddleboarding. SUP is also a non-contact sport for the most part unless you engage in stand up surf paddle boarding.

 

Whether you decide to go paddling in a lake, up or down a river or even get out in the surf, Stand Up Paddle Boarding can be enjoyed wherever there is a body of water. Enjoying the fresh air, sun and exercise will add up to great health benefits.

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Feb

2011

Natural Disaster Strikes Via An Earthquake In New Zealand

No matter where we live, none of us are insulated against natural disasters.  Whether it's hurricanes, wild fire, mudslides or earthquakes we must yield to the forces around us.  When you've traveled to a location for vacation it is a a horrible thing to get caught up in the ramifications of a natural disaster.  Telephone lines come down, gas mains may burst, roadways crumble and chaos can result from a terrified public.  Reports today have just come in aboout an earthquake in New Zealand.  Evidently the South Island, particularly Christchurch has suffered some damage from a reported 6.3 magnitude quake.  For those who have traveled to New Zealand for some kayak paddling fun this will probably put a damper on things.  Stay safe.  Travel by car, plane or train may be upset for sometime due to the earthquake.

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Jan

2011

Free Guided Kayaking and Hiking Tours In Volusia County, Florida

Who doesn't like free?  During the month of February, 2011, the Volusia County Land Acquisition and Management Division is offering free guided tours for bikers, hikers, recreational kayakers, canoe paddlers and photographers on Volusia County, Florida's conservation lands.  For more information on the dates and locations contact Volusia County Land Acquisition and Management at 386-736-5276.  You can experience a night hike, a leisurely canoe/kayak tour or nature hike at such places as Hickory Bluff Preserve, Lake Ashby and Longleaf Pine Preserve in Volusia County. The focus of the free tours is on acquainting the public with the natural beauty of the area.

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Jan

2011

Kayaking With Critters

One of the best things about kayaking is that it allows you to get up close and personal to all kinds of wildlife.  Now care must be taken when encountering different creatures due to the fact that they are wild, and are somewhat unpredictable.  Also, states have various laws about "molesting, touching, etc." critters that may be on the endangered list or considered a species of special concern.  Be smart, take photos, but don't get between any adult and their young.  Never try to attach a line from your kayak or canoe to any creature.  It could do irrepairable harm and if you are observed by authorities or reported you may face stiff fines.  Check out these videos of responsible kayakers and their encounters with wildlife.

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Jan

2011

Got Asked To Do A Guest Post On GotSaga

I'm really excited tonight.  Got asked by Patricia Vance of GotSaga to write a guest blog.  The focus was to be the Top Ten Destinations in Florida or the Ten Best Places & Things to do In Florida.  Of course, my top spots are generally on the coast, whether in a National or State Park setting or in a particular area like Florida's Emerald Coast.  Why not read the posts and let me know what your favorite places are? 

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Jan

2011

Opportunities to Paddle The Mosquito Lagoon With A Guide

View Of Mosquito Lagoon From Turtle Mound
View Of Mosquito Lagoon From Turtle Mound

 

The waters of Mosquito Lagoon stretch from just south of New Smyrna Beach and the City of Edgewater in Volusia County to just north of Merritt Island in Brevard County. Mosquito Lagoon offers an excellent venue for kayaking, canoing and fishing. However, from the water, landmarks are quite often difficult to distinguish, so tagging along with a local guide is a good idea.

 

A majority of the lagoon is contained within the Canaveral National Seashore Park. The Park offers residents and visitors the opportunity to participate in guided kayak and canoe tours throughout the year. For the cost of the Canaveral National Seashore Park's entrance fee, the paddler is able to get acquainted with the waters of the Mosquito Lagoon. Phone 386.428.3384 ext 0 for a schedule of tour dates and times.

 

Three public launch sites are available from the mainland along Riverside Drive in Edgewater, FL at Kennedy Memorial Park, Menard-May Park and Veterans Park via boat ramps. On the peninsula of New Smyrna Beach, access is available at Hiles Avenue boat ramp and within the Canaveral National Seashore Park.

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Dec

2010

Extreme Paddling Skills Required

Ok, so I enjoy recreational kayaking.  I'm not the sort to focus on extreme sports-that's not my style.  However, there are those people who like to challenge themselves, the elements and their equipment.  They deserve our deepest respect.  Without their adrenaline charged activities, we recreational kayakers would never get to see kayaks put to the ultimate test.  I good case in point is Rafa Ortiz' drop down a 128' waterfall in Mexico as captured by photographer Lucas Gilman.  You have to see it to believe this extreme kayaker's abilities and the photographer who shot the whole scene.  Kids, don't try this.  It's for experts only.

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Dec

2010

COOL, CLEAR WATER - LIQUIDITY IS WITHIN REACH

Just a little note to let you know that I've been asked to guest blog on Cheapo Air.  I have written about a few destinations where I've had the opportunity to go recreational kayaking such as Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.  Hope you enjoy the article "There's A World Of Water Out There".  

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Dec

2010

Dangers In the Water

Most of the people I know paddle for relaxation and exercise.  However, there are those kayakers that like to push the envelope and paddle in exotic or remote places.  These people are generally experts, in top shape and don't take unnecessary risks.  However, even the best prepared and experienced yakker is often no match for potentially dangerous animals and reptiles.  Such is the case with kayaker, explorer and ultimate outdoorsman Hendrik Coetzee.  The South African is presumed dead after a crocodile attack reported December 9, 2010. 

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Oct

2010

Focus on Night Kayaking Trips

 Ever kayaked at night? It's an experience you don't want to miss. When there is a full moon, the night is extraordinary, you can focus on things unseen and unheard during a daytime paddling trip. Some state parks in the United States offer paddling trips during full moon activity. One of those parks is Myakka River State Park near Sarasota, FL http://bit.ly/bUe8Dn. Even in places like Puerto Rico, it's fun to take a guided tour when the phosphorescent or luminescent

waters are glowing. Cool!

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Sep

2010

Paddle Battle at Blue Spring State Park In Orange City, Florida

Get your paddles ready!  On September 18 and 19, 2010 the 5th annual Paddle Battle will take place at Blue Spring State Park.  On Saturday the event will start at 8:30 am.  Sunday, September 19, the event will start at 7:30 am.  Fees run between $15-$35 USD.  For more info contact Marty Sullivan at jsullivan2@cfl.rr.com  or for registration you can go to www.friendsofbluespring.com/paddlebattle.html

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Jul

2010

Recreational Kayaking At Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park

Ever want to get away from the crowds while you're kayaking or paddling a canoe?  Head to Cedar Key, FLorida and check out the Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park.  If you like kayak fishing then this is the place for you.  Anglers can fish either freshwater or saltwater in the preserve.  It can only be reached by the water, so crowds are somewhat less of a problem.  For more info call (352) 543-5567

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Jul

2010

Recreational Kayaking In Big Talbot Island State Park

If you're looking for a place to take the whole family for a weekend of fun, look no further than Jacksonville, FL.  There you will find Big Talbot Island State Park This park provides plenty of opportunity for recreational kayaking, canoe paddling, hiking, picnicking and photography.  This park is rather unique in that it's located on one of Florida's sea islands.  It's basically a preserve and showcases plenty of birdlife and habitat.  Check it out at http://bit.ly/c9nlkk.  For more information contact (904) 251-2320.

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May

2010

Anastasia State Park Beach Bash

Less than five miles from St. Augustine, Florida, Anastasia State Park has something for the entire family, the Anastasia State Park Beach Bash.  Saturday, June 5, 2010 is a special day at the park.  There will be sand sculpting, scavenger hunts, guided walks and more.  For more info contact (904) 461-2033.  Recreational canoe and kayak enthusiasts can put into Salt Run, a tidal salt marsh for some paddling time.

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May

2010

Recreational Kayaking In Big Shoals State Park

So, you think that Florida may not have any rapids?  Think again.  Big Shoals State Park near White Springs, Florida has the largest whiteater rapids in the state.  Of course, you need to wait until there is enough rainfall to get the Suwannee River water level somewhere over 58 feet above sea level .  Recreational kayak and canoe paddlers will have great fun when conditions are right.

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Apr

2010

Talon Adventure Race

Hillsborough County, Florida near Tampa will feature the Talon Adventure Race on May 1, 2010.  This ten hour race will be held at the Alafia River State Park.  For more info contact 1-800-877-2351.

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13

Apr

2010

Bring Your Kayak or Canoe To Big Lagoon State Park

The panhandle area of Florida offers beautiful areas in which to kayak.  One of your options would be to try Big Lagoon State Park near Perdido Key and the Gulf of Mexico.  The park is suitable for every taste and offers chances to kayak, canoe, hike, picnic, birdwatch or just relax.  It's located at 12301 Gulf Beach Highway in Pensacola, Florida.  For more info call 850-492-1595.  Florida State Parks are celebrating their 75th anniversary, so some offer reduced prices/discounts on certain days or park features.

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Apr

2010

Paddle The Ecofina River In Florida's Panhandle

Visitors to Florida's panhandle region will enjoy the Ecofina River State Park in Lamont, Florida.  With over 4,000 acres to explore, you're sure to find something interesting.  Grab your canoe or kayak and head out to the Ecofina River.  It meanders through the park down to the Gulf of Mexico.

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01

Apr

2010

Go Paddling Or Tubing At Blackwater River State Park

Blackwater River State Park in Florida's panhandle (Holt, FL) has a full service campground and is a favorite with kayakers and canoeists. The Blackwater River starts in Alabama before winding its way down to Florida. It's considered a Florida canoe trail and is a popular spot to paddle. The park doesn't offer rentals so bring your own canoes or kayaks. Alternatively, there are vendors near the parks that can rent you the paddling equipment or even inner tubes for tubing. For kayaking, canoe paddling, tubing or camping information Call (850) 983-5363.  The address is  Blackwater River State Park, 7720 Deaton Bridge Road, Holt, FL  32564

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Tue

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Mar

2010

Seventy Miles of Shoreline To Paddle

Ready for some fun paddling?  Head to Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park in Punta Gorda, Florida.  This park stretches over two counties, Lee and Charlotte County and offers canoe enthusisasts and yakkers a chance to paddle 70 miles of shoreline.  Contact (941) 575-5861 for more information.  The entire family can have fun on the water at Charlotte Harbor!

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Tue

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Mar

2010

Malaysia Features A Sea Challenge In 2010

Kayak racing will take place this year in Labuan, Malaysia as the Malaysia Water Festival 2010 begins.  The event runs from April 27, 2010 until May 2, 2010.  It promises to be an exciting time!  Check it out at the following website:  http://www.labuantourism.gov.my/

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Mon

15

Mar

2010

Bahia Honda State Park Offers Fun For The Entire Family

Whether it's snorkeling over a reef, paddling a kayak or canoe, fishing from shore or a boat  Bahia Honda State Park is a great place to enjoy all those activities.  Located south of Marathon Key between the Gulf of Mexico & the Atlantic Ocean in south Florida.  The crystal waters beckon.  Bring the entire family for some fun outdoors activities.  Recreational kayaking is at its best here.  Check out the campsites and cabins, but bring bug repellent if you stay.   Call (305) 872-2353 for more info.

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Mar

2010

Kayak Where Navy Frogmen Trained

During the WW II period, the US Navy trained "frogmen" (now SEALS) at a spot off the coast of Ft. Pierce, FL.  Avalon State Park is the place to check this out.  There are stilll concrete barriers and steel underwater, so care needs to be taken.  Check it out at http://www.floridastateparks.org/avalon.

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09

Mar

2010

Shark Bite Challenge In Florida

Part of the Island Earth Days Festival at Honeymoon Island State Park, in Dunedin, Florida, the Shark Bite Challenge runs April 17 & 18th, 2010.  The Challenge will feature canoe and kayak marathons, paddleboards, outrigger races, live entertainment, food and more.  Check it out!  For more info contact (727) 510-3493.

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Feb

2010

Kayak For A Good Cause In Sydney, Australia

Kayakers will have a chance to compete in a 17.5 km race in Sydney, Australia.  The Kayak for Kids 2010 will be held March 28, 2010.  Proceeds will go to help intellectually & developmentally disabled persons.  Check out Lifestart for Kids  @ http://www.lifestart.org.au/.     

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Mon

01

Feb

2010

Patagonia Expedition Race Coming Soon!

In February there's going to be an exciting race in South America in Tierra del Fuego.  It combines several elements including sea kayaking, trekking, ropes and more.  Really something to keep looking for.  This is one for the experts!  Check it out at the following link: 

http://www.patagonianexpeditionrace.com/index.php

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Tue

26

Jan

2010

Recreational Kayaking In Prince William Sound

Prince William Sound is located on the south coast of Alaska.  The sound is part of the Gulf of Alaska.   Recreational sea kayaking here takes place during the summer months.  All sorts of wildlife including bear and waterfowl may be encountered.  Paddlers have to be aware of the tidal influences that occur every six hours as it makes for strong currents.  A knowledge of the coastal conditions in Alaska is extremely advisable for recreational paddlers.  A good guide is essential for sea kayaking Prince William Sound.  Challenge Alaska offers an adaptive program for paddlers with disabilities so that many people who thought it was impossible to paddle this area can have the opportunity to experience it first hand. 

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Tue

12

Jan

2010

Recreational Kayaking In Caladesi Island State Park

Pinellas County in Florida is home to the Caladesi Island State Park.  Accessible only by kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, boat or ferry service the park is a completely natural island along the Gulf Coast.  A three mile kayak trail weaves around the bay and the mangroves.  Hiking is permitted on the island.  No pets are allowed, so don't bring your dogs.  For more information phone 727-469-5918.

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Mon

14

Dec

2009

Stand Up Paddleboards Take Priority At Cold Stroke Classic

Wilmington, North Carolina is the setting for the second annual Cold Stroke Classic.  The race will be held January 9, 2010 at the Dockside Marina & Restauant in Wilmington.  There is a short race (3.5 mile) for the Recreational Division and a long race for the Elite Division.  Registration fees apply.

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Tue

17

Nov

2009

Focus On Recreational Kayaking In Lake Griffin State Park In Florida

Lake Griffin State Park near Fruitland Park, Florida offers access to the Dead River.  Fall is a good time to go paddling.  The water levels are generally up and the algae bloom has somewhat abated.  The park has access to Lake Griffin from Dead River.  For more information phone 352-360-6760. 

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Tue

10

Nov

2009

Florida 2009-2010 Challenge Series For Canoes and Kayaks

In mid-November, the Santa Fe and Suwanee Rivers in Florida will be the focus of a series of races.  Typical paddle time will be about six hours.  Get more info for the competition paddling at FCPAcanoe.org 

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Mon

09

Nov

2009

Focus On Recreational Kayaking & Canoeing In The Lone Star State

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway in Parker County, Texas offers campsites, boat rentals, kayak rentals, canoe rentals and more.  The park is open daily except for those days dedicated to  Public Hunts.  At Lake Mineral Wells you can focus on some easy paddling and recreational kayaking.  You and your family have the opportunity to see deer, raccoons, waterfowl and more wildlife in this State Park.  Call 940-328-1171 for more information.

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Wed

04

Nov

2009

Miami Has Paddling Trails Too!

 

Believe it or not, North Miami, Florida is the site of the largest urban urban park in the state of Florida.  Oleta River State Park provides recreational yakkers and other outdoor enthusiasts a place to focus on and get away from it all without really leaving town.  This is a really great place for bikers too with over 15 miles of trails.  Kayakers and canoeists can paddle the Oleta River and see a nice mangrove forest with plants and animals native to South Florida.  A concession stand which is open from 9 am until about 1½ hours before sunset rents kayaks, canoes and bicycles if you don’t feel like packing in your own gear.  Call 305-919-1844 for more info of visit http://www.floridastateparks.org/oletariver  

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01

Nov

2009

Focus On Northwest Florida Recreational Kayak & Canoe Sites

 

Bald Point State Park offers budget friendly fun activities for the entire family. It is a popular place for hiking, biking, fishing, bird watching kayaking and canoing. Fall is probably the best time of the year to focus on recreational paddling in the northwest area of Florida. Some of the best recreational kayak and canoing areas can be found at Bald Point State Park on Florida's Gulf Coast. The park offers recreational yakkers and canoeists access to freshwater lakes, tidal creeks and two bays (Ochlockonee Bay and Apalachee Bay). Migratory birds including neotropical species as well as butterflies make Bald Point State Park a stop on their annual trips to Central and South America. Of course raptors tend to flock into the park during this time to focus on and take advantage of all the plentiful food sources. Park admission (in 2009) is $4.00 USD per vehicle for up to 8 people. Pedestrians and cyclists pay $2.00 per head. Bald Point State Park is open daily from 8 am until sundown. Bring plenty of bug repellent because mosquitoes and sand flies may be present year-round. The park is about a mile south of Ochlockonee Bay, off of US. Highway 98. Contact Bald Point State Park, 146 Box Cut, Alligator Point, FL 32346 or phone 850-349-9146 for more information.

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Oct

2009

Palm Beach County Paddling

 

At the north end of Singer Island in North Palm Beach County, Florida is the John D. MacArthur State Park and Nature Center. This is the only state park in Palm Beach County. It's located on a barrier island off SR 703 (A1A). This is a good spot for recreational kayaking.  The park is open daily (365 days a year) from 8 am until sundown. There's a free launch site for yakkers and canoe paddlers within the John D. MacArthur State Park. However, kayakers and other paddlers can also join a ranger led tour by making arrangements beforehand. Weekends and winter are the most popular paddling dates (most likely to be fully booked), so call ahead at the main gate 561-624-6950 to reserve a spot. The tours are $20 per single kayak and $35 per double. Munyon Island and the Lake Worth Lagoon estuary are the preferred routes for the trip. Independent kayak rentals are available from 9 am until 3 pm with returns no later than 4 pm. For the non-paddlers at John D. MacArthur State Park there are always things to do too-nature walks, picnics and the beach are popular. Just a thought for saving money-by becoming a member of the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park, you are entitled to kayaking privileges on every visit, discounts at the gift shop and more.   For more info contact  John D. MacArthur State Park and Nature Center at 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach, Florida 33408. Phone 561-624-6952 or 561-624-6950.

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Wed

30

Sep

2009

Freakish Tidal Events

Oceania is the latest site for earthquake activity.  News has it that a category 8 earthquake may cause some tidal surges.  Tsunami warnings were issued in the Cook Islands, Tonga and Samoa.  Apparently however there were still deaths resulting from 15-20 foot waves hitting America Samoa.  Several villages were reported to be flattened by the wave activity.  Water can definitely be a destructive force!  Always check weather and tidal conditions before venturing out to paddle!

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27

Sep

2009

Recreational Kayaking On Lake Dias, DeLeon Springs, Florida

 

The Candace R. Strawn/Lake Dias Park near DeLeon Springs, Florida offers a free launch site for canoes and kayaks. The park is open sunrise to sunset 365 days a year. There are also picnic tables, grills, pavilions, restrooms, a playground and primitive tent camping/RV sites. This is a 20 acre park with a freshwater lake.   The park is at 5320 SR 11, DeLeon Springs, Florida.   Call 386-736-5953 for more information.

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18

Sep

2009

Recreational Kayaking In Jonathan Dickinson State Park

 In southeast Florida, the Loxahatchee River winds through the lands of Jonathan Dickinson State Park. This river is the first in Florida to be designated by the federal government as a Wild and Scenic River. The park is open from 8 am until sunset year round.  Recreational kayakers, kayak fishermen and those who would rather paddle a canoe can enjoy the all year! Jonathan Dickinson State Park has camping facilities available and some cabins available to rent. Spend a weekend enjoying the recreational paddling opportunities. Jonathan Dickinson Park is south of Stuart, Florida in Martin County, near Hobe Sound. For more information call 772-546-2771.

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Fri

04

Sep

2009

Fishing From Kayaks May Require A License

 Just a quick note.  You may not have needed one in the past, but some states have recently revised their fishing license requirements. These requirements might apply to recreational kayak fishing. If you're a fisherman or woman using a kayak in pursuit of the elusive finned friends, be advised-you may need to secure a fishing license from the State authorities.

 

Here in Florida, as of August 1, 2009, fishing licenses are required even if you're shore bound, bridge, dock or pier fishers.  There are exceptions for age, disability, members of armed services, pole or hand line fishing and more. Check with your local licensing division.  It's better to be safe than sorry.  Comply with the regulations the local Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or Fish, Wildlife and Parks department have issued.  In Florida check out the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission at myFWC.com.

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01

Sep

2009

Focus On Recreational Kayaking In Marion County, Florida.

 

Paddlers take note-Ocala National Forest has a number of recreational kayak opportunities. One of them is at Juniper Springs Recreational Area. It's about 30 miles east of the I-75/SR Hwy. 40 intersection in Marion County, Florida. The entrance to the recreational area is on the north side of Hwy. 40. Juniper Creek is a 7 mile one-way run. It's very narrow in some spots. The Park Service has carts available for portage due to the fact that the launch area is quite a distance from the parking lot. Juniper Creek provides about 4 hours or so of fairly easy paddling using either canoes or kayaks. The run goes through canopied overhangs and shallow grassy areas. There are alligators, otters and fish in these waters, so focus on your surroundings. The beginning of the run has crystal clear water, but as you progress, the water becomes darker, almost the color of tea, due to the tannin in the leaves of the surrounding trees. The course winds through the National Forest and ends up near the SR 19 bridge with the Creek eventually emptying into Lake George. For a fee, a shuttle can provide pick-up service if you make arrangements when you arrive. This is a good paddling spot for the entire family.  Not too strenuous and quite beautiful.  For more info, contact Juniper Springs Recreational Area, 26701 E. Highway 40, Silver Springs, FL 34488. Phone 352-625-3147.

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30

Aug

2009

Focus On Recreational Kayaking In Flagler County, Florida

Flagler County is one of our favorites. This time we will focus on The Gamble Rogers State Recreation Area. This park near Flagler Beach offers opportunities for recreational kayakers, ocean kayakers and non-kayak enthusiasts too. The Recreation Area is about 3 miles south of the intersection of SR 100 and A-1-A in Flagler Beach, Florida. Coming from the south, it's about 11 miles north of the Volusia County/Flagler County line, along the west side of A-1-A. There's a boat ramp along the Intracoastal side of the park to launch your kayak from. Should you prefer ocean kayaking, you'll have to carry your gear across busy A-1-A. This park is open daily (365 days) from 8 am until sundown. A parking fee is currently (2009) about $5.00 USD There's a full facility campground just across A-1-A on the Atlantic. You might want to make a quick weekend trip here. Call 386-517-2086 for information.

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29

Aug

2009

RECREATIONAL KAYAKING IN CANAVERAL SEASHORE PARK

 

Playalinda in Brevard County is the southernmost entry to the Canaveral National Seashore Park.  Volusia County near New Smyrna Beach is the north entrance (Apollo).  Canaveral National Seashore park is located on a barrier island.  Recreational kayakers have the opportunity to kayak either the Indian River and its estuaries, or sea kayak/surf kayak in the Atlantic Ocean on the east side of the park.  Recreational kayaks are available for rental outside the park. Campers are able to rent canoes within the park. Owners of fishing kayaks can enjoy a day on the water pulling in a plentiful supply of fish, including redfish, snook and more.  Be sure and have your fishing permits! There is a fee for use of the park, currently $3.00 USD per person. An annual pass can be obtained. Both park entrances have information centers. Launch sites for kayaks, canoes and motor boats are available to provide access to both the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon. Phone number for the park headquarters in Titusville, Florida is 321-267-1110.

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29

Aug

2009

Recreational Kayaking In the Southeastern States

Florida:

It's difficult to narrow down the choices, because the east coast of Florida offers numerous spots for kayakers to put in.  Some of our favorites are listed below:

 

 Volusia County, Florida is home to a number of interesting kayak spots.  Focusing on flatwater kayaking, the Indian River is a good bet. River Breeze Park in Oak Hill, Florida offers kayakers a nice place to launch.  There is no admission to the park and it's open year round, 24/7.  A paved parking area and launch site make entry a breeze!  Lots of birdlife and water creatures including manatee and dolphins can be spotted from these waters.  Even better, there are good restroom facilities, hiking areas and covered picnic tables.  It's a great place to spend the day kayaking, fishing or relaxing.  Don't forget, it's free!  Fre.e admission to the park.

Highbridge Park In Volusia County

 Ormond Beach, Florida in Volusia County is the setting for the Highbridge Park.  This park is just south of the North Peninsula State Park (or Recreation Area). Highbridge is a one acre park with a free launch for kayaks, canoes and motorboats. Kayakers are able to paddle the Halifax River and its tributaries including Bulow Creek. It's a fairly easy and leisurely paddling opportunity at Highbridge. The Halifax River is saltwater and subject to tidal fluctuations. There are also restrooms, picnic facilities and grills at this park. Highbridge Park at 39 Highbridge Road, Ormond Beach, FL is open from sunrise to sunset. For more information call 386-257-6000 ext. 5953.  Don't forget, admission is fre.e!

Gemini Springs In Volusia County, Florida

 

Gemini Springs in Volusia County is a great place to focus on recreational kayaking. The Springs are between Enterprise, Florida and DeBary, Florida at 37 Dirksen Drive, DeBary, FL. Gemini Springs was once under private ownership and utilized for ranching purposes. Today, it's open to the public. Admission to the park is free. There is a kayak/canoe launch area near the fishing pier. Recreational kayakers and kayak fishermen will enjoy the paddling at Gemini Springs. The Springs feed into Lake Monroe. Alligators are present and swimming is not allowed. This park also has beautiful nature trails and a bike trail. There are sidewalks for easy access to most of the facilities in line with ADA requirements. Admission to the park and the kayak launch site is free. Gemini Springs Park is open from sunrise to sunset.

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20

Jan

2014

Kayak Sport Fishing

Seems as though more and more people are getting into fishing from a kayak.  Whether you prefer saltwater fishing or freshwater fishing, a kayak can be a good tool to use.  Without a motor, you can slip into the backwaters quietly, toss a line and wait for a bite.

 

I've checked out a couple of sites lately dealing with fishing from kayaks.  One of the ones that I like is bestfishingkayakfocus.com

 

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Mon

26

Dec

2011

Kitesurfing In Volusia County

Kitesurfers Having Fun
Kitesurfers Having Fun
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Mon

22

Aug

2011

Hurricane Precautions For Kayakers and Paddleboarders

We're right into the 2011 Hurricane Season here in the United States.  In fact, in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Bahamas, Florida and the eastern seaboard we need to keep apprised of weather conditions.

 

As a hurricane approaches land, we usually experience higher tides, wind gusts, heavy surf and heavy rain.  It's a good idea of course if you choose to paddle your kayak or your paddleboard at this time, to take impending weather conditions into account.  Stay safe.  It's a good idea to protect your investment by making sure your equipment is stored in a protected area.

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Mon

20

Jun

2011

Is The Heat On? Summer Is Here-Time To Kayak!

Well, summer is upon us here in the Northern Hemisphere.  The Summer Solstice is on June 21, 2011 and is noted as the official start of summer.  Here on the east coast of Florida we've been enjoying summer like weather for more than a month.  Everybody is hitting the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean and enjoying their favorite watersports.

 

This is the perfect time for to break out your kayak and paddling gear.  Here in Florida, it's preferable to paddle in the early morning and late afternoon.  The heat usually isn't so great, storms are finished and there are generally less crowds to contend with at those times. 

 

If you've never tried kayaking, then now is your golden opportunity.  More surf shops, outdoor recreation and sailboard shops are offering instruction.  Check your local shops.

 

If you're not in top shape for kayak paddling already then take a couple of weeks to get back in form.

 

Hope to see you on the water! 

 

 

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Sat

21

May

2011

Freshwater Kayak Fishing

 

In Florida, we are surrounded by saltwater in the form of rivers, oceans and bays.  Many of us live on rivers such as the Intracoastal Waterway, the Halifax River, the Banana River, etc.  Sometimes we forget that we also have access to plenty of freshwater, such as Lake Okeechobee, Lake Dora, Crescent Lake and so on.  These freshwater spots offer us a chance to focus on kayak fishing in different types of water.  As more and more people are discovering kayak fishing they are discovering that freshwater fishing whether on a lake, pond or creek is a sport that is fun for kayak anglers of all skill levels to enjoy.

 

With one of the innovative sit-on-top (SIT) or sit-in (SIK) kayak models, freshwater fishing has never been easier. The ability to get into areas where motor boaters can not makes sit-on-top kayaks and sit-in style kayaks equally suitable for a freshwater kayak fishing trip. Each of these kayak designs have models that you can use to fish relatively easily.

 

For kayak fishing, the main features that fishermen, fisher women or fisher kids should look for are stability, width and generous flat surfaces for connecting your fishing gear including rod holders fish finders, tackle boxes, waterproof bags, cell phones, paddle leashes, knives and pliers, coolers and more.

 

Many watersports stores now carry fishing kayaks. Other options would be online or through a catalog purchase. If you do not have much storage space for a kayak, consider renting one. They are usually available at most state or national parks that offer access to water.

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Fri

13

May

2011

Benefits of Stand Up Paddleboarding

 

Stand Up Paddle Boarding or SUP offers you a fantastic overall physical workout. If you are interested in both an aerobic workout and a strength work out then this is the perfect sport

 

The most obvious benefit of Stand Up Paddle Boarding is that it increases your level of fitness. It is a great sport for cross-training due to the fact that you use muscles not only in your core areas such as your legs, arms, back and stomach but even in your feet, toes and ankles. With SUP you become more coordinated as you learn to balance on the board while paddling. Stand up paddleboarding will give you more of a workout than you realize.

 

The environment you paddle in will determine the intensity of your workout. Depending on where you use your paddle board whether paddling in a pond or lake, upstream in a river or out on the ocean with the current and waves will determine your level of activity. Currents in either rivers or the ocean will provide a more intense work out. If you spend more time drifting with the tide or currents instead of paddling then you will have a less intensive work out.

 

As a sport, stand up paddle boarding has a lot of benefits over other activities. With running you get jarring impact to joints or muscles. That doesn't happen with paddleboarding. SUP is also a non-contact sport for the most part unless you engage in stand up surf paddle boarding.

 

Whether you decide to take a gentle paddle in a lake, up or down a river or even get out in the surf, Stand Up Paddle Boarding can be enjoyed wherever there is a body of water. Enjoying the fresh air, sun and exercise will add up to great health benefits.

 

Stand Up Paddle Boarding or SUP offers you a fantastic overall physical workout. If you are interested in focusing on both an aerobic workout and a strength work out then this is the perfect sport.

 

The most obvious benefit of Stand Up Paddle Boarding is that it increases your level of fitness. It is a great sport for cross-training due to the fact that you use muscles not only in your core areas such as your legs, arms, back and stomach but even in your feet, toes and ankles. With SUP you become more coordinated as you learn to balance on the board while paddling. Stand up paddleboarding will give you more of a workout than you realize.

 

The environment you paddle in will determine the intensity of your workout. Depending on where you use your paddle board whether paddling in a pond or lake, upstream in a river or out on the ocean with the current and waves will determine your level of activity. Currents in either rivers or the ocean will provide a more intense work out. If you spend more time drifting with the tide or currents instead of paddling then you will have a less intensive work out.

 

As a sport, stand up paddle boarding has a lot of benefits over other activities. With running you get jarring impact to joints or muscles. That doesn't happen with paddleboarding. SUP is also a non-contact sport for the most part unless you engage in stand up surf paddle boarding.

 

Whether you decide to go paddling in a lake, up or down a river or even get out in the surf, Stand Up Paddle Boarding can be enjoyed wherever there is a body of water. Enjoying the fresh air, sun and exercise will add up to great health benefits.

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Tue

22

Feb

2011

Natural Disaster Strikes Via An Earthquake In New Zealand

No matter where we live, none of us are insulated against natural disasters.  Whether it's hurricanes, wild fire, mudslides or earthquakes we must yield to the forces around us.  When you've traveled to a location for vacation it is a a horrible thing to get caught up in the ramifications of a natural disaster.  Telephone lines come down, gas mains may burst, roadways crumble and chaos can result from a terrified public.  Reports today have just come in aboout an earthquake in New Zealand.  Evidently the South Island, particularly Christchurch has suffered some damage from a reported 6.3 magnitude quake.  For those who have traveled to New Zealand for some kayak paddling fun this will probably put a damper on things.  Stay safe.  Travel by car, plane or train may be upset for sometime due to the earthquake.

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Mon

31

Jan

2011

Free Guided Kayaking and Hiking Tours In Volusia County, Florida

Who doesn't like free?  During the month of February, 2011, the Volusia County Land Acquisition and Management Division is offering free guided tours for bikers, hikers, recreational kayakers, canoe paddlers and photographers on Volusia County, Florida's conservation lands.  For more information on the dates and locations contact Volusia County Land Acquisition and Management at 386-736-5276.  You can experience a night hike, a leisurely canoe/kayak tour or nature hike at such places as Hickory Bluff Preserve, Lake Ashby and Longleaf Pine Preserve in Volusia County. The focus of the free tours is on acquainting the public with the natural beauty of the area.

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30

Jan

2011

Kayaking With Critters

One of the best things about kayaking is that it allows you to get up close and personal to all kinds of wildlife.  Now care must be taken when encountering different creatures due to the fact that they are wild, and are somewhat unpredictable.  Also, states have various laws about "molesting, touching, etc." critters that may be on the endangered list or considered a species of special concern.  Be smart, take photos, but don't get between any adult and their young.  Never try to attach a line from your kayak or canoe to any creature.  It could do irrepairable harm and if you are observed by authorities or reported you may face stiff fines.  Check out these videos of responsible kayakers and their encounters with wildlife.

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Wed

26

Jan

2011

Got Asked To Do A Guest Post On GotSaga

I'm really excited tonight.  Got asked by Patricia Vance of GotSaga to write a guest blog.  The focus was to be the Top Ten Destinations in Florida or the Ten Best Places & Things to do In Florida.  Of course, my top spots are generally on the coast, whether in a National or State Park setting or in a particular area like Florida's Emerald Coast.  Why not read the posts and let me know what your favorite places are? 

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Tue

18

Jan

2011

Opportunities to Paddle The Mosquito Lagoon With A Guide

View Of Mosquito Lagoon From Turtle Mound
View Of Mosquito Lagoon From Turtle Mound
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Fri

31

Dec

2010

Extreme Paddling Skills Required

Ok, so I enjoy recreational kayaking.  I'm not the sort to focus on extreme sports-that's not my style.  However, there are those people who like to challenge themselves, the elements and their equipment.  They deserve our deepest respect.  Without their adrenaline charged activities, we recreational kayakers would never get to see kayaks put to the ultimate test.  I good case in point is Rafa Ortiz' drop down a 128' waterfall in Mexico as captured by photographer Lucas Gilman.  You have to see it to believe this extreme kayaker's abilities and the photographer who shot the whole scene.  Kids, don't try this.  It's for experts only.

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Thu

30

Dec

2010

COOL, CLEAR WATER - LIQUIDITY IS WITHIN REACH

Just a little note to let you know that I've been asked to guest blog on Cheapo Air.  I have written about a few destinations where I've had the opportunity to go recreational kayaking such as Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.  Hope you enjoy the article "There's A World Of Water Out There".  

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Fri

10

Dec

2010

Dangers In the Water

Most of the people I know paddle for relaxation and exercise.  However, there are those kayakers that like to push the envelope and paddle in exotic or remote places.  These people are generally experts, in top shape and don't take unnecessary risks.  However, even the best prepared and experienced yakker is often no match for potentially dangerous animals and reptiles.  Such is the case with kayaker, explorer and ultimate outdoorsman Hendrik Coetzee.  The South African is presumed dead after a crocodile attack reported December 9, 2010. 

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Sun

31

Oct

2010

Focus on Night Kayaking Trips

 Ever kayaked at night? It's an experience you don't want to miss. When there is a full moon, the night is extraordinary, you can focus on things unseen and unheard during a daytime paddling trip. Some state parks in the United States offer paddling trips during full moon activity. One of those parks is Myakka River State Park near Sarasota, FL http://bit.ly/bUe8Dn. Even in places like Puerto Rico, it's fun to take a guided tour when the phosphorescent or luminescent

waters are glowing. Cool!

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Fri

17

Sep

2010

Paddle Battle at Blue Spring State Park In Orange City, Florida

Get your paddles ready!  On September 18 and 19, 2010 the 5th annual Paddle Battle will take place at Blue Spring State Park.  On Saturday the event will start at 8:30 am.  Sunday, September 19, the event will start at 7:30 am.  Fees run between $15-$35 USD.  For more info contact Marty Sullivan at jsullivan2@cfl.rr.com  or for registration you can go to www.friendsofbluespring.com/paddlebattle.html

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Thu

29

Jul

2010

Recreational Kayaking At Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park

Ever want to get away from the crowds while you're kayaking or paddling a canoe?  Head to Cedar Key, FLorida and check out the Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park.  If you like kayak fishing then this is the place for you.  Anglers can fish either freshwater or saltwater in the preserve.  It can only be reached by the water, so crowds are somewhat less of a problem.  For more info call (352) 543-5567

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Tue

27

Jul

2010

Recreational Kayaking In Big Talbot Island State Park

If you're looking for a place to take the whole family for a weekend of fun, look no further than Jacksonville, FL.  There you will find Big Talbot Island State Park This park provides plenty of opportunity for recreational kayaking, canoe paddling, hiking, picnicking and photography.  This park is rather unique in that it's located on one of Florida's sea islands.  It's basically a preserve and showcases plenty of birdlife and habitat.  Check it out at http://bit.ly/c9nlkk.  For more information contact (904) 251-2320.

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Mon

31

May

2010

Anastasia State Park Beach Bash

Less than five miles from St. Augustine, Florida, Anastasia State Park has something for the entire family, the Anastasia State Park Beach Bash.  Saturday, June 5, 2010 is a special day at the park.  There will be sand sculpting, scavenger hunts, guided walks and more.  For more info contact (904) 461-2033.  Recreational canoe and kayak enthusiasts can put into Salt Run, a tidal salt marsh for some paddling time.

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Tue

04

May

2010

Recreational Kayaking In Big Shoals State Park

So, you think that Florida may not have any rapids?  Think again.  Big Shoals State Park near White Springs, Florida has the largest whiteater rapids in the state.  Of course, you need to wait until there is enough rainfall to get the Suwannee River water level somewhere over 58 feet above sea level .  Recreational kayak and canoe paddlers will have great fun when conditions are right.

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Wed

21

Apr

2010

Talon Adventure Race

Hillsborough County, Florida near Tampa will feature the Talon Adventure Race on May 1, 2010.  This ten hour race will be held at the Alafia River State Park.  For more info contact 1-800-877-2351.

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Tue

13

Apr

2010

Bring Your Kayak or Canoe To Big Lagoon State Park

The panhandle area of Florida offers beautiful areas in which to kayak.  One of your options would be to try Big Lagoon State Park near Perdido Key and the Gulf of Mexico.  The park is suitable for every taste and offers chances to kayak, canoe, hike, picnic, birdwatch or just relax.  It's located at 12301 Gulf Beach Highway in Pensacola, Florida.  For more info call 850-492-1595.  Florida State Parks are celebrating their 75th anniversary, so some offer reduced prices/discounts on certain days or park features.

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Wed

07

Apr

2010

Paddle The Ecofina River In Florida's Panhandle

Visitors to Florida's panhandle region will enjoy the Ecofina River State Park in Lamont, Florida.  With over 4,000 acres to explore, you're sure to find something interesting.  Grab your canoe or kayak and head out to the Ecofina River.  It meanders through the park down to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Thu

01

Apr

2010

Go Paddling Or Tubing At Blackwater River State Park

Blackwater River State Park in Florida's panhandle (Holt, FL) has a full service campground and is a favorite with kayakers and canoeists. The Blackwater River starts in Alabama before winding its way down to Florida. It's considered a Florida canoe trail and is a popular spot to paddle. The park doesn't offer rentals so bring your own canoes or kayaks. Alternatively, there are vendors near the parks that can rent you the paddling equipment or even inner tubes for tubing. For kayaking, canoe paddling, tubing or camping information Call (850) 983-5363.  The address is  Blackwater River State Park, 7720 Deaton Bridge Road, Holt, FL  32564

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Tue

30

Mar

2010

Seventy Miles of Shoreline To Paddle

Ready for some fun paddling?  Head to Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park in Punta Gorda, Florida.  This park stretches over two counties, Lee and Charlotte County and offers canoe enthusisasts and yakkers a chance to paddle 70 miles of shoreline.  Contact (941) 575-5861 for more information.  The entire family can have fun on the water at Charlotte Harbor!

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Tue

23

Mar

2010

Malaysia Features A Sea Challenge In 2010

Kayak racing will take place this year in Labuan, Malaysia as the Malaysia Water Festival 2010 begins.  The event runs from April 27, 2010 until May 2, 2010.  It promises to be an exciting time!  Check it out at the following website:  http://www.labuantourism.gov.my/

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Mon

15

Mar

2010

Bahia Honda State Park Offers Fun For The Entire Family

Whether it's snorkeling over a reef, paddling a kayak or canoe, fishing from shore or a boat  Bahia Honda State Park is a great place to enjoy all those activities.  Located south of Marathon Key between the Gulf of Mexico & the Atlantic Ocean in south Florida.  The crystal waters beckon.  Bring the entire family for some fun outdoors activities.  Recreational kayaking is at its best here.  Check out the campsites and cabins, but bring bug repellent if you stay.   Call (305) 872-2353 for more info.

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Sun

14

Mar

2010

Kayak Where Navy Frogmen Trained

During the WW II period, the US Navy trained "frogmen" (now SEALS) at a spot off the coast of Ft. Pierce, FL.  Avalon State Park is the place to check this out.  There are stilll concrete barriers and steel underwater, so care needs to be taken.  Check it out at http://www.floridastateparks.org/avalon.

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Tue

09

Mar

2010

Shark Bite Challenge In Florida

Part of the Island Earth Days Festival at Honeymoon Island State Park, in Dunedin, Florida, the Shark Bite Challenge runs April 17 & 18th, 2010.  The Challenge will feature canoe and kayak marathons, paddleboards, outrigger races, live entertainment, food and more.  Check it out!  For more info contact (727) 510-3493.

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Thu

11

Feb

2010

Kayak For A Good Cause In Sydney, Australia

Kayakers will have a chance to compete in a 17.5 km race in Sydney, Australia.  The Kayak for Kids 2010 will be held March 28, 2010.  Proceeds will go to help intellectually & developmentally disabled persons.  Check out Lifestart for Kids  @ http://www.lifestart.org.au/.     

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Mon

01

Feb

2010

Patagonia Expedition Race Coming Soon!

In February there's going to be an exciting race in South America in Tierra del Fuego.  It combines several elements including sea kayaking, trekking, ropes and more.  Really something to keep looking for.  This is one for the experts!  Check it out at the following link: 

http://www.patagonianexpeditionrace.com/index.php

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Tue

26

Jan

2010

Recreational Kayaking In Prince William Sound

Prince William Sound is located on the south coast of Alaska.  The sound is part of the Gulf of Alaska.   Recreational sea kayaking here takes place during the summer months.  All sorts of wildlife including bear and waterfowl may be encountered.  Paddlers have to be aware of the tidal influences that occur every six hours as it makes for strong currents.  A knowledge of the coastal conditions in Alaska is extremely advisable for recreational paddlers.  A good guide is essential for sea kayaking Prince William Sound.  Challenge Alaska offers an adaptive program for paddlers with disabilities so that many people who thought it was impossible to paddle this area can have the opportunity to experience it first hand. 

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Tue

12

Jan

2010

Recreational Kayaking In Caladesi Island State Park

Pinellas County in Florida is home to the Caladesi Island State Park.  Accessible only by kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, boat or ferry service the park is a completely natural island along the Gulf Coast.  A three mile kayak trail weaves around the bay and the mangroves.  Hiking is permitted on the island.  No pets are allowed, so don't bring your dogs.  For more information phone 727-469-5918.

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Mon

14

Dec

2009

Stand Up Paddleboards Take Priority At Cold Stroke Classic

Wilmington, North Carolina is the setting for the second annual Cold Stroke Classic.  The race will be held January 9, 2010 at the Dockside Marina & Restauant in Wilmington.  There is a short race (3.5 mile) for the Recreational Division and a long race for the Elite Division.  Registration fees apply.

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Tue

17

Nov

2009

Focus On Recreational Kayaking In Lake Griffin State Park In Florida

Lake Griffin State Park near Fruitland Park, Florida offers access to the Dead River.  Fall is a good time to go paddling.  The water levels are generally up and the algae bloom has somewhat abated.  The park has access to Lake Griffin from Dead River.  For more information phone 352-360-6760. 

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Tue

10

Nov

2009

Florida 2009-2010 Challenge Series For Canoes and Kayaks

In mid-November, the Santa Fe and Suwanee Rivers in Florida will be the focus of a series of races.  Typical paddle time will be about six hours.  Get more info for the competition paddling at FCPAcanoe.org 

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Mon

09

Nov

2009

Focus On Recreational Kayaking & Canoeing In The Lone Star State

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway in Parker County, Texas offers campsites, boat rentals, kayak rentals, canoe rentals and more.  The park is open daily except for those days dedicated to  Public Hunts.  At Lake Mineral Wells you can focus on some easy paddling and recreational kayaking.  You and your family have the opportunity to see deer, raccoons, waterfowl and more wildlife in this State Park.  Call 940-328-1171 for more information.

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Wed

04

Nov

2009

Miami Has Paddling Trails Too!

 

Believe it or not, North Miami, Florida is the site of the largest urban urban park in the state of Florida.  Oleta River State Park provides recreational yakkers and other outdoor enthusiasts a place to focus on and get away from it all without really leaving town.  This is a really great place for bikers too with over 15 miles of trails.  Kayakers and canoeists can paddle the Oleta River and see a nice mangrove forest with plants and animals native to South Florida.  A concession stand which is open from 9 am until about 1½ hours before sunset rents kayaks, canoes and bicycles if you don’t feel like packing in your own gear.  Call 305-919-1844 for more info of visit http://www.floridastateparks.org/oletariver  

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Sun

01

Nov

2009

Focus On Northwest Florida Recreational Kayak & Canoe Sites

 

Bald Point State Park offers budget friendly fun activities for the entire family. It is a popular place for hiking, biking, fishing, bird watching kayaking and canoing. Fall is probably the best time of the year to focus on recreational paddling in the northwest area of Florida. Some of the best recreational kayak and canoing areas can be found at Bald Point State Park on Florida's Gulf Coast. The park offers recreational yakkers and canoeists access to freshwater lakes, tidal creeks and two bays (Ochlockonee Bay and Apalachee Bay). Migratory birds including neotropical species as well as butterflies make Bald Point State Park a stop on their annual trips to Central and South America. Of course raptors tend to flock into the park during this time to focus on and take advantage of all the plentiful food sources. Park admission (in 2009) is $4.00 USD per vehicle for up to 8 people. Pedestrians and cyclists pay $2.00 per head. Bald Point State Park is open daily from 8 am until sundown. Bring plenty of bug repellent because mosquitoes and sand flies may be present year-round. The park is about a mile south of Ochlockonee Bay, off of US. Highway 98. Contact Bald Point State Park, 146 Box Cut, Alligator Point, FL 32346 or phone 850-349-9146 for more information.

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Thu

01

Oct

2009

Palm Beach County Paddling

 

At the north end of Singer Island in North Palm Beach County, Florida is the John D. MacArthur State Park and Nature Center. This is the only state park in Palm Beach County. It's located on a barrier island off SR 703 (A1A). This is a good spot for recreational kayaking.  The park is open daily (365 days a year) from 8 am until sundown. There's a free launch site for yakkers and canoe paddlers within the John D. MacArthur State Park. However, kayakers and other paddlers can also join a ranger led tour by making arrangements beforehand. Weekends and winter are the most popular paddling dates (most likely to be fully booked), so call ahead at the main gate 561-624-6950 to reserve a spot. The tours are $20 per single kayak and $35 per double. Munyon Island and the Lake Worth Lagoon estuary are the preferred routes for the trip. Independent kayak rentals are available from 9 am until 3 pm with returns no later than 4 pm. For the non-paddlers at John D. MacArthur State Park there are always things to do too-nature walks, picnics and the beach are popular. Just a thought for saving money-by becoming a member of the Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park, you are entitled to kayaking privileges on every visit, discounts at the gift shop and more.   For more info contact  John D. MacArthur State Park and Nature Center at 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach, Florida 33408. Phone 561-624-6952 or 561-624-6950.

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Wed

30

Sep

2009

Freakish Tidal Events

Oceania is the latest site for earthquake activity.  News has it that a category 8 earthquake may cause some tidal surges.  Tsunami warnings were issued in the Cook Islands, Tonga and Samoa.  Apparently however there were still deaths resulting from 15-20 foot waves hitting America Samoa.  Several villages were reported to be flattened by the wave activity.  Water can definitely be a destructive force!  Always check weather and tidal conditions before venturing out to paddle!

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Sun

27

Sep

2009

Recreational Kayaking On Lake Dias, DeLeon Springs, Florida

 

The Candace R. Strawn/Lake Dias Park near DeLeon Springs, Florida offers a free launch site for canoes and kayaks. The park is open sunrise to sunset 365 days a year. There are also picnic tables, grills, pavilions, restrooms, a playground and primitive tent camping/RV sites. This is a 20 acre park with a freshwater lake.   The park is at 5320 SR 11, DeLeon Springs, Florida.   Call 386-736-5953 for more information.

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Fri

18

Sep

2009

Recreational Kayaking In Jonathan Dickinson State Park

 In southeast Florida, the Loxahatchee River winds through the lands of Jonathan Dickinson State Park. This river is the first in Florida to be designated by the federal government as a Wild and Scenic River. The park is open from 8 am until sunset year round.  Recreational kayakers, kayak fishermen and those who would rather paddle a canoe can enjoy the all year! Jonathan Dickinson State Park has camping facilities available and some cabins available to rent. Spend a weekend enjoying the recreational paddling opportunities. Jonathan Dickinson Park is south of Stuart, Florida in Martin County, near Hobe Sound. For more information call 772-546-2771.

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Fri

04

Sep

2009

Fishing From Kayaks May Require A License

 Just a quick note.  You may not have needed one in the past, but some states have recently revised their fishing license requirements. These requirements might apply to recreational kayak fishing. If you're a fisherman or woman using a kayak in pursuit of the elusive finned friends, be advised-you may need to secure a fishing license from the State authorities.

 

Here in Florida, as of August 1, 2009, fishing licenses are required even if you're shore bound, bridge, dock or pier fishers.  There are exceptions for age, disability, members of armed services, pole or hand line fishing and more. Check with your local licensing division.  It's better to be safe than sorry.  Comply with the regulations the local Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or Fish, Wildlife and Parks department have issued.  In Florida check out the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission at myFWC.com.

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Tue

01

Sep

2009

Focus On Recreational Kayaking In Marion County, Florida.

 

Paddlers take note-Ocala National Forest has a number of recreational kayak opportunities. One of them is at Juniper Springs Recreational Area. It's about 30 miles east of the I-75/SR Hwy. 40 intersection in Marion County, Florida. The entrance to the recreational area is on the north side of Hwy. 40. Juniper Creek is a 7 mile one-way run. It's very narrow in some spots. The Park Service has carts available for portage due to the fact that the launch area is quite a distance from the parking lot. Juniper Creek provides about 4 hours or so of fairly easy paddling using either canoes or kayaks. The run goes through canopied overhangs and shallow grassy areas. There are alligators, otters and fish in these waters, so focus on your surroundings. The beginning of the run has crystal clear water, but as you progress, the water becomes darker, almost the color of tea, due to the tannin in the leaves of the surrounding trees. The course winds through the National Forest and ends up near the SR 19 bridge with the Creek eventually emptying into Lake George. For a fee, a shuttle can provide pick-up service if you make arrangements when you arrive. This is a good paddling spot for the entire family.  Not too strenuous and quite beautiful.  For more info, contact Juniper Springs Recreational Area, 26701 E. Highway 40, Silver Springs, FL 34488. Phone 352-625-3147.

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Sun

30

Aug

2009

Focus On Recreational Kayaking In Flagler County, Florida

Flagler County is one of our favorites. This time we will focus on The Gamble Rogers State Recreation Area. This park near Flagler Beach offers opportunities for recreational kayakers, ocean kayakers and non-kayak enthusiasts too. The Recreation Area is about 3 miles south of the intersection of SR 100 and A-1-A in Flagler Beach, Florida. Coming from the south, it's about 11 miles north of the Volusia County/Flagler County line, along the west side of A-1-A. There's a boat ramp along the Intracoastal side of the park to launch your kayak from. Should you prefer ocean kayaking, you'll have to carry your gear across busy A-1-A. This park is open daily (365 days) from 8 am until sundown. A parking fee is currently (2009) about $5.00 USD There's a full facility campground just across A-1-A on the Atlantic. You might want to make a quick weekend trip here. Call 386-517-2086 for information.

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Sat

29

Aug

2009

RECREATIONAL KAYAKING IN CANAVERAL SEASHORE PARK

 

Playalinda in Brevard County is the southernmost entry to the Canaveral National Seashore Park.  Volusia County near New Smyrna Beach is the north entrance (Apollo).  Canaveral National Seashore park is located on a barrier island.  Recreational kayakers have the opportunity to kayak either the Indian River and its estuaries, or sea kayak/surf kayak in the Atlantic Ocean on the east side of the park.  Recreational kayaks are available for rental outside the park. Campers are able to rent canoes within the park. Owners of fishing kayaks can enjoy a day on the water pulling in a plentiful supply of fish, including redfish, snook and more.  Be sure and have your fishing permits! There is a fee for use of the park, currently $3.00 USD per person. An annual pass can be obtained. Both park entrances have information centers. Launch sites for kayaks, canoes and motor boats are available to provide access to both the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon. Phone number for the park headquarters in Titusville, Florida is 321-267-1110.

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Volusia County, Florida is home to a number of interesting kayak spots.  Focusing on flatwater kayaking, the Indian River is a good bet.  River Breeze Park in Oak Hill, Florida offers kayakers a nice place to launch.  There is no admission to the park and it's open year round, 24/7.  A paved parking area and launch site make entry a breeze!  Lots of birdlife and water creatures including manatee and dolphins can be spotted from these waters.  Even better, there are good restroom facilities, hiking areas and covered picnic tables.  It's a great place to spend the day kayaking, fishing or relaxing.  Don't forget, it's free!  Fre.e admission to the park.

For recreational kayaking, focus on the Canaveral National Seashore Park.  Playalinda in Brevard County is the southernmost entry to the Canaveral National Seashore Park.  Volusia County near New Smyrna Beach is the north entrance (Apollo).  Canaveral National Seashore park is located on a barrier island.  Recreational kayakers have the opportunity to kayak either the Indian River and its estuaries, or sea kayak/surf kayak in the Atlantic Ocean on the east side of the park.  Recreational kayaks are available for rental outside the park. Campers are able to rent canoes within the park. Owners of fishing kayaks can enjoy a day on the water pulling in a plentiful supply of fish, including redfish, snook and more.  Be sure and have your fishing permits! There is a fee for use of the park, currently $3.00 USD per person. An annual pass can be obtained. Both park entrances have information centers. Launch sites for kayaks, canoes and motor boats are available to provide access to both the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon. Phone number for the park headquarters in Titusville, Florida is 321-267-1110.