Kayak Southwest Florida with other yakkers

April 5, 2010

Our sister trail just south of the Calusa Blueway has an event this weekend for residents, snowbirds and tourists. Check it out.

The Paradise Coast Paddling Festival runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 11, on the Isle of Capri just south of Marco Island.

It will all happen behind the Capri Fish House. Here’s a tentative schedule:

9 a.m. to noon: Guided tours to Gulf and mangroves
9:30 a.m.: Second annual Johnson Island Race
10 a.m.: Kayak camping demonstration
10 a.m.: Kayak geocaching introduction and tour
11 a.m.: Kayak rolling demo #1
Noon: Skin-on-frame kayak construction demo
1 p.m.: Kayak rolling demo #2
2 p.m.: Kayak rescue seminar- solo and assisted
3 p.m.: Kayak barrel race
4 p.m.: Kayak raffle drawing
All day: Wooden kayak display; Club tent open for info, raffle tickets, club apparel sales, tour signup

The event is open to the public. There’s no admission charge and no fee for events. Kayaks will be available for rental.

Festival chairman Craig Martin expects 300 people at the one-day event.

A family obligation prevents me from attending, but blueway supporter Don McCumber and Calusa Land Trust’s Brenda Anderson are helping me get a Calusa Blueway table there so attendees will be able to pick up our great maps and learn about the “sister” trail to the north of Collier County’s Paradise Coast Paddling Trail.


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