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    • 06/28/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Chassahowitzka River
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    This will be an easy and scenic 3 - 3.5 hour paddle.  Please bring lunch as we may be able to eat at a lovely spring that we'll paddle to (sometimes it's too crowded). I've seen manatees and dolphin several times in this area.


    Park at the Chassahowitzka River Campground. The parking fee is $5. The launch spot is at the parking lot. 

    You can rent kayaks starting June 1. Call (352) 382-2200.

    Be in the water and ready to paddle at 10 AM.

    Chassahowitzka River Campground

    8600 W Miss Maggie Drive

    Chassahowitzka, Florida 34448

    Directions: US 19 north (about 50 miles), left on W Miss Maggie Dr.  Follow Miss Maggie Dr. to the parking lot and boat ramp. There is a little store that you will need to go into to get a parking permit. 


    There are bathrooms at the launch area.


    The drive is about 1 hour and 20 minutes.


    Janet Shellenberger

    727-515-8272

    • 07/23/2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • Safety Harbor Marina
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    This will be a nighttime paddle on a Monday night during the new moon phase.  We'll launch during the evening hours and kayak along the shoreline.  After it gets dark, we'll search for bioluminescence.  Not guaranteed, but it will be fun to search.  

    Rentals:  There are rentals available at the Tocobago kayak rentals at the Safety Harbor Marina.   (727) 389-8687

    Location:  Safety Harbor Marina

    Address:  110 Veterans Memorial Ln, Safety Harbor, FL 34695

    DETAILS:

             Time:  6:30 PM or 7:45 PM .

             Launch: We will launch at 7:45 pm.  We will enjoy the sunset from the water and then look for the bioluminescence.

             Dinner:  Come at 6:30, bring your dinner and enjoy the company of other DBC members while dining under the shelter at the marina. This also increases your odds of a close parking spot! 

            What to bring:  Bring a light-stick, a bright flashlight or a lamp. This is required if you are out on the water after dark.  Bring your own food and drinks if joining us for dinner.


            Waiver: Please agree to the online waiver.  If you bring guests, have a paper copy of their waiver.

            Trip Host:  Janet Shellenberger

            Additional Information: If you don’t come until 7:45, you will probably have to unload at the marina and then find a parking spot in town, so leave plenty of time.

             Any questions, please call Janet at 727-515-8372



    • 08/21/2024
    • 6:30 PM
    • Safety Harbor Marina
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    This will be a nighttime paddle on a Wednesday night during the new moon phase.  We'll launch during the evening hours and kayak along the shoreline.  After it gets dark, we'll search for bioluminescence.  Not guaranteed, but it will be fun to search.  

    This is the second one (first in July) because cancellations are common due to weather and you never know if there will be bioluminescence in the water.  Both events are scheduled and will take place as long as weather permits.

    Rentals:  There are rentals available at the Tocobaga kayak rentals at the Safety Harbor Marina.   (727) 389-8687

    Location:  Safety Harbor City Marina

    Address:  110 Veterans Memorial Ln, Safety Harbor, FL 34695

    DETAILS:

             Time:  6:30 PM or 7:45 PM .

             Launch: We will launch at 7:45 pm.  We will enjoy the sunset from the water and then look for the bioluminescence.

             Dinner:  Come at 6:30, bring your dinner and enjoy the company of other DBC members while dining under the shelter at the marina. This also increases your odds of a close parking spot! 

            What to bring:  Bring a light-stick, a bright flashlight or a lamp. This is required if you are out on the water after dark.  Bring your own food and drinks if joining us for dinner.


            Waiver: Please agree to the online waiver.  If you bring guests, have a paper copy of their waiver.

            Trip Host:  Janet Shellenberger

            Additional Information: If you don’t come until 7:45, you will probably have to unload at the marina and then find a parking spot in town, so leave plenty of time.

             Any questions, please call Janet at 727-515-8372



    • 10/11/2024
    • 11:00 AM
    • 10/13/2024
    • 3:00 PM
    • 8092 Marys Fish Camp Rd Bayport, FL 34607
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    Mary's Fish Camp, 10/11 - 10/13

    Weeki Wachee River and Bayport offers a wonderful paddling experience, where you can encounter manatees in their natural habitat while enjoying the cool Weeki Wachee spring waters.   We have reserved three days for this activity.  You can choose to paddle for one or more days, depending on your availability and preference.   If you want to join us for the weekend, reserve your overnight accommodations ASAP.  Mary's FIsh Camp has cabins for rent as well as camping sites.  If you want to come and paddle for the day (Friday, Saturday or Sunday), you can do that too.  We will add more details about the day paddling here as they develop.

    LOCATION:  

    HOSTS:  Julie and Scott Church

    REGISTRATION:  

    Please register for the event by clicking on the Blue Register Button so that we have an approximate headcount. 

    PADDLING GROUP TEXT MESSAGING and ADDITIONAL INFO:  

    • Please join the Group Me DBC Paddling Group discussions, where we will share more details about the event. I would like to know which days you are attending, and whether you are staying overnight. 

    • We will also arrange a group dinner for Friday and Saturday evenings 

    • Some people have indicated that they want to stay overnight and are curious if others do too. If not already signed up; directions for Group Me can be found hereDunedin Boat Club - Paddling Group - Group Me Communication. 

    WHAT TO BRING:  

    • life jacket and whistle

    • beverage, lunch 

    • sunscreen (hopefully not needed)
    • anything else for a fun trip

    Janet Shellenberger

    Kayak Chair

    727-515-8372


    • 11/06/2024
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Next to Sail Honeymoon (on the right side as you face the water) on the Causeway (61 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin)
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    Caladesi Mangrove Trail and Stop at Scharrer Homestead

    Close to Home AND an Amazing Kayak trip through the Caladesi mangrove trails and a stop at the Scharrer Homestead!

    Trip Duration:  This trip offers a short (2.5 hours) and long version (4.5 hours).  The estimated timing includes the paddle to/from the causeway to the starting point of the mangrove trail at the marina (1 mile/45 minutes estimated each way).  You are free to choose whichever version you prefer as we can break into 2 groups if there are choices for both options.   

    Starting and ending location:  Next to Sail Honeymoon (on the right side as you face the water) on the Causeway (61 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin)

    Rentals are available at Sail Honeymoon (sailhoneymoon.com). 

    Please register so we have a good headcount and waivers completed.

    Bring:  beverage, lunch, especially if planning the long route, sun screen, bug spray (hopefully not needed), and anything else for a fun trip!  Also, since we are in a state park, bring your pass or $2/person to pay at the ranger station when we get to the marina.

    The trip: 

    1. Leaving from the causeway at 930am.
    2. About 1 mile/45 minutes along Caladesi Island to the marina.
    3. The start of the mangrove trail is off to the side of the marina.  The first leg inside the mangroves comes out in the sound, where people can decide if they want to head back to the causeway or continue on the longer route.  This short trip will be an estimated 2.5 hours total.
    4. For those who want to do the longer route (4.5 hours total estimated), we will continue into the mangroves.
    5. Along the way we will stop at the Scharrer Homestead and talk a little bit about Henry and his family, including Myrtle (daughter).   There are still parts of the homestead foundation and if you have read Myrtle’s book, Yesteryear I Lived In Paradise, it adds to the visit.
    6. We can enjoy our lunches at the homestead as well.
    7. We will then finish up in the mangroves and then paddle along the Island back to the causeway.  When we are tired and heading back, we can reflect on 9 year old Myrtle going to elementary school in Dunedin by rowing each way in her small row boat!!

    If you want a view of the short and long routes, the AllTrails app is free for the basic version and the routes are included.  Here is a map of the mangrove trails provided by Eric.  Caladesi Mangrove Trail.pdf



Past events

05/11/2024 Kayak/Paddle Crystal River
04/27/2024 Kayak/Paddle Hammock Park
04/10/2024 Kayak/Paddle Caladesi Mangrove Trail/Scharrer Homestead
03/08/2024 Kayak/Paddle Cotee River in New Port Richey
02/16/2024 Kayaking: Weedon Island Preserve Mangrove Tunnels
02/12/2024 Kayak Interest Group Meeting
12/03/2023 Kayaking: Rainbow River
11/09/2023 Kayaking: Caladesi Island
10/09/2023 Kayaking: Caladesi Island
08/16/2023 Kayaking: Safety Harbor
07/16/2023 Kayaking: Coffee Pot Bayou Sunset Paddle
06/17/2023 EVENT CANCELLED - Captain's Laundry Race - 2023
06/10/2023 Kayaking: Compac Island
05/11/2023 Kayaking: Coffee Pot Bayou
04/27/2023 Kayaking: Coffee Pot Bayou
03/30/2023 Kayaking: Chassahowitzka River
02/21/2023 Kayaking: Caladesi Island
01/27/2023 Kayaking: Chassahowitzka River in Citrus County
12/02/2022 Kayaking: Weedon Island Preserve Mangrove Tunnels
10/25/2022 Kayaking: San Jose Park To Hammock Park And Back
09/24/2022 Kayaking: Pop Stansell Launch & Paddle
07/29/2022 Kayaking - Bioluminescence in Safety Harbor
06/18/2022 Captain's Laundry Race and Pirate Rendezvous 2022
06/17/2022 Kayaking – Hillsborough River - Lowry Park to Dam
05/13/2022 Kayaking - Anclote River
04/15/2022 Kayaking - Caladesi Mangrove Tunnel
03/23/2022 Kayaking - Cooper's Bayou in Safety Harbor
02/23/2022 Kayaking - Weedon Island Mangroves
02/04/2022 Kayaking - Pop Stansell Park
11/16/2021 Kayaking - San Jose Park to Hammock Park
10/20/2021 Kayaking - Dunedin Causeway to Honeymoon Island Beach
08/21/2021 Captain's Laundry Race
08/09/2021 Night Kayaking - Looking for Bioluminescence
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