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Because the Bay is fairly shallow, there are times the waves and wind become intense. There is a bottle neck effect as the tide comes in and goes out, since at the tip of Cape San Blas, there is a two to three mile crossing versus the widest part of the Bay is 7 miles. It's a fun paddle across the Bay, when the weather is right, though not a good paddle for a beginner. The water is VERY clear in the winter. The tip of the Cape is a sanctuary for birds, so watch for signs before landing. My husband caught a tarpon from his Scupper Pro TW one spring near the boat ramp. I caught a 23 1/2 inch trout just past the lagoon from my kayak.
There are a couple of very small islands in the Bay, though Black's Island is private property. They are to the East of the ramp. To the west of the ramp, there is a nice deep water marina, and further west is a bridge. Under this bridge (the intercoastal waterway passes under the bridge) one often finds dolphins feeding at dusk in the spring. The currents are very unpredictable at the mouth of the waterway, so beware of paddling up into the river at that point. (check the tides)
Depot Creek is a great place to paddle, too. It is just east of Port St. Joe following 98 approximately 7 to 8 miles. Look for a fire tower on the left. Turn left on road immediately before fire tower. Follow road a quarter mile or so until it dead ends at what appears to be a small lake. This is Depot Creek. Launch at the boat ramp (free). If you go to the right, you will connect with Lake Wimico at about 5 miles. If you go left, it will lead you to a more primitive, less traveled area. The stream gets narrower, and is possibly closed to any boat but a kayak if the logs have not been cleared from the waterway. Either way, you are apt to find eagles, alligators, fish, and an experience with nature you will never forget. The Cyprus trees are beautiful! At the right time of year, you will also see ducks. The creek is named after an old train depot, the remains of which you can spot along the right bank if you head upriver to the lake. The current is gentle, and the paddle is easy, except when you run into a large alligator, which I have done near the lake at a 90 degree turn in the creek.
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