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  Heading To Clearwater, FL...
  Posted by: wildernesswebb on Jan-10-14 6:22 PM (EST)
   Category: Destinations 

...to visit friend in late Feb or early March. Been a quarter century since we've been to the area. Our friends are not canoe paddlers, so looking for info on areas near there to paddle? She did mention a nice State Park about 45 minutes north? Thanks in advance.

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  Could be Hillsborough River...
  Posted by: tjalmy on Jan-10-14 8:34 PM (EST)
State Park. It's very nice, the river is beautiful, and the wildlife it pretty used to canoe traffic. Shuttling between county parks and the state park makes it an easy downstream run, but paddling upstream isn't that bad. Bring a camera.
If you'd like some company, perhaps Deb and I could join you for a paddle trip.
C'mon down!
T
 
 
  Sounds Great
  Posted by: wildernesswebb on Jan-10-14 10:07 PM (EST)
Thanks so much; we don't know our dates yet, just started discussing it today. Have a good weekend!
 
 
  What Tom said
  Posted by: jackL on Jan-11-14 6:23 AM (EST)
If you are a nature lover the Hillsboro is a must.
Just don't do it on a weekend
We have the three best trips for it on our Google site.
check them out for directions etc at:

https://sites.google.com/site/flkeyskayaktrips/

Jack L
 
 
  Jack "Guest" does not
  Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-11-14 7:54 AM (EST)
have permission to access this page.

I am interested too..leaving for FL next week.
 
 
  Try it again
  Posted by: jackL on Jan-11-14 6:37 PM (EST)
There must be something wrong on your end.
We have given the site to three or four people here and they don't have any problem getting on it.
You are the first one in several years that can't get on.
Perhaps some one reading this can try to get on and see what happens.

Jack L
 
 
  This isn't the best, but...
  Posted by: tjalmy on Jan-11-14 7:31 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Jan-11-14 7:35 PM EST --

here's a link with the names of the parks and a map of sorts.
http://www.canoeescape.com/wptrips.htm
BTW, I copied and pasted Jack's link in a browser and it went through just fine. I'm using Explorer, if that could make any difference.

 
 
  I couldn't find the link
  Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-11-14 7:55 PM (EST)
to the Hillsborough River trips the first time so I went to site map..where I was denied access.

The next time I looked with the aid of eyeglasses and wine I found them.

Its funny..we have always stayed at exit 260 and I never thought about paddling in the area.

Duh....

Thanks!
 
 
  Kim, Definitely do the Hillsboro
  Posted by: stevet on Jan-17-14 1:58 PM (EST)
Lots of birds, gators, and even otters up close when we were there. It was several years ago but imagine if you go at quiet time early in the day on a weekday you should be able to see the same. Slow current lots of vegetation just a beautiful area. Went there a couple times when we revisiting Mike G
 
 
  Weeki Wachee
  Posted by: kayakrazee on Jan-11-14 11:42 PM (EST)
is another one that is a must. Just don't do it on a weekend either.
 
 
  We have learned that it is best not..
  Posted by: jackL on Jan-12-14 6:15 AM (EST)
to paddle any where in Florida on the weekends except in the Keys.

Jack L
 
 
  especially up and downstream
  Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-12-14 8:02 AM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Jan-12-14 7:40 PM EST --

the fish coming at you have no control.

And it was a weekday.. speaking of the Weeki Wachee.

 
 
  Thanks So Much!
  Posted by: wildernesswebb on Jan-13-14 7:49 PM (EST)
Lots of info to read up on.
 
 
  Let me know
  Posted by: miriamcanoe on Jan-16-14 9:31 PM (EST)
when you decide on when you are going. There is some great paddling there.
 
 
  Lucky paddler!
  Posted by: string on Jan-16-14 11:07 PM (EST)
 
 
  Dates Still a Bit Up In the Air
  Posted by: wildernesswebb on Jan-17-14 9:05 AM (EST)
Hopefully we'll have something pinned down by the end of next week?
 

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