My wife's family is having a reunion in Destin in mid-November. I have never paddled in the Gulf and if it is 60+ I'm taking a boat.
Any paddling suggestions appreciated. I prefer rivers and creeks to open water. Thanks.
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Posted by: dafishman on Oct-26-13 3:31 PM (EST)
I would check out http://www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/guide/paddle.htm and then go from there. There are plenty of places to paddle in Choctawhatchee Bay just to the north of Destin.
Posted by: radiomix on Oct-26-13 3:52 PM (EST)
The dune lakes to the east. Western and Eastern lake. Also I think Powell lake. Western lake you can access in grayton beach. It's cool and you can paddle to the beach. Just a google map search will give you the idea. There is a public launch for Powell as well. It also goes to the beach.
Posted by: tjalmy on Oct-26-13 7:52 PM (EST)
Suggest Green Wave Forum |
Posted by: g2d on Oct-26-13 11:50 PM (EST)
Thanks. Red water?|
Posted by: string on Oct-27-13 9:23 PM (EST)
Posted by: Dafishman on Oct-27-13 10:47 PM (EST)
The red water color is because of the tannic acid in the water due to decaying leaves.
But in places, there are red water weeds|
Posted by: g2d on Oct-27-13 11:40 PM (EST)
and such that give a red caste to some photos.
Thanks. Our tannin is coffee colored.|
Posted by: string on Oct-28-13 4:03 PM (EST)
Posted by: tjalmy on Oct-28-13 7:33 PM (EST)
is that it is the usual tannins in the water, just highlighted by the white sand bottom. It gives it a more colorful look than when flowing over the usual muck bottom of a river or swamp. See it for yourself, and then let me know if you agree.
I was there in late August|
Posted by: pblanc on Oct-28-13 9:57 PM (EST)
At Maravilla Beach Resort, just a bit east of Destin. I happened to have a whitewater kayak (Perception Pirouette) and paddled in the Gulf.
I called the Kayak Experience and the |
Posted by: string on Nov-09-13 5:37 PM (EST)
woman I talked to was very friendly . It will be the first place I visit while my wife does other things. Thanks!
Posted by: trout on Oct-30-13 6:22 PM (EST)
Posted by: paddlingpika on Oct-31-13 1:26 AM (EST)
Eglin air force base has some nice creeks for paddling and might be worth considering if you can find other paddlers to arrange shuttles with. Paddling there requires getting a recreation permit from the base and checking with them about which areas are open to the public.
blackwater SP |
Posted by: trout on Nov-09-13 5:24 PM (EST)
hi string....i made it up to Blackwater State Park ..looks like a nice creek to paddle ....but i'm thinking it may be a shuttle kind of trip ...creek has some current to it ....lots of sandy shallows and some deeper pools as observed from the bridge. Not all that wide. there is a outfit that will deliver you a kayak rental but i forget the name, just look in travel brochures. There is a canoe rental place enroute to Blackwater SP... just a mile or so outside the park. bays were too windy and rough to do any paddling.