Estero Area Paddling
Posted by: ScupperFrank on Dec-02-12 10:35 AM (EST)
Scorpio -the Estero area's a good one for paddling, especially if you can make it to the islands off the mainland.
Lover's Key State Park is one site along Florida's first blueway (The Calusa Blueway), a marked paddling trail along the islands and in the bay. Last time I was there I think it was a free entry to the Park -that might have changed, especially since Florida's begun charging for everything during Gov Scott's "make the State of Florida a successful business" term -and there were 2 or 3 launch points onto the bay from the beach there.
Inland, the Estero River can be accessed at several points. You might want to Google Estero River (or is it Bay?) Outfitters, or just 'Estero + kayaking' to get some additional information, and see if you can launch from their site(s).
The advice for summer paddling in Florida given above is good -be prepared for heat and bugs, plus check the weather -T-storms and such can pop up and you'll want to be either off the water or prepared to land and get off the water while under way.
best of luck as you c'mon down and
Frank in Miami
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