Alternative sites for a Southeastern Winter Flotilla in 2006

Discussion and Planning for Folbot Flamingo Flotilla in 2006

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Alternative sites for a Southeastern Winter Flotilla in 2006

Postby annd » Tue Nov 08, 2005 11:25 pm

Given that the Flamingo Lodge will be closed through summer, 2006 -- where shall we flotilla-ize?

We've got the dates (January 28 - February 5, 2006). Now all we need is a place with camping suitable for tenters as well as RVers, nearby motel-type options, and, of course, plenty of Folbotable water. Oh, and a guaranteed lack of measurable snowfall would be nice too. We don't ask for much, do we :wink: ? Tell you what -- in view of the circumstances, I'll forego my usual requirement that there be a Hershey's factory nearby!

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Postby Dickc » Wed Nov 09, 2005 7:39 am

I suggest you look into Everglades City. I don't know what damage it suffered. It's on the west side of the Evergades. It has motels and restaurants, probably a campground or two. I paddled to the National Park visitors center and into Everglades National park from my motel.

You would be doing the same type of paddling as from Flamingo but from the other side of the park.


PS: as always I'll be skiing in Colorado all winter and not in Florida.


Alternatives to Flamingo

Postby Guest-Adirondick » Wed Nov 09, 2005 1:33 pm

Thanks, Ann, for contacting the park and starting us on a search for alternative locations.

It will be a tall order to get close to what I imagine is the Flamingo mix of paddling, camping options, and lodging, but these state parks in the southwest Florida parks region might be close: Collier-Seminole, not too close to lodges, but not unreasonably far from Naples area and very mangrovey; and, Myakka River, not far from Sarasota and not in the Everglades. We checked out Collier-Seminole and found the RV sites to be smallish for our size 5th wheel. The day trip options for paddling from the boat launch appear to be quite limited, but we did not paddle there. We are not familiar with Myakka River SP at all. No dogs are allowed there, and we travel with our resident manager, Binky the opinionated Yorkie.

They can be checked out at: This link is to the accommodations page for all parks and is nicely sorted by type of camping. Each state park has a good write-up and map. The whole site is very well done.

It will be a nice trick to find a southern Florida State Park that has much room left at the time we would need, I fear. I will continue to contribute on this, but am really new to Florida, so I hope that others with experience will contribute to this. What about looking farther north in Florida? Personally, I'd rather paddle with manatees than pythons.

Peg and I will be coming to the Flotilla from Port Aransas, Texas, where there is plenty of accommodations choice and lots of salt water paddling, but it is often cool and windy when we are there in December and January. It could be a good place for a Folbot event a little later in the year.

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Other Options in Florida

Postby arczeneb » Wed Nov 09, 2005 4:00 pm

This might not be the lovely Everglades but check out the Suwannee River. There are several state parks, the town of Bradford, rivers in all directions and for those long distance paddlers they could go all the way to the Gulf. The Santa Fe canoe trail, Suwannee upper/lower canoe trail which you will need 7-14 days depending on the water level. Also Suwanne state park to Bradford 22 miles of paddling. For those driving check out the state guide on the many canoe/kayak trails available.
One could pick a date and a state park for those to meet at and from there venture off. ... neeMap.pdf

This may not be the Everglades but just a thought and with that I'll let the folks in Florida chime in.


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Postby BobA » Thu Nov 10, 2005 1:39 pm

I grew up in Gainesville, near the Suwannee/Santa Fe rivers. There is certainly some lovely paddling there, but the problem that comes to mind is that in Jan./Feb. you don't really have the reliably warm weather of Flamingo, or other points well down the peninsula. Overnight freezing is a possiblity, although it can also be 80 daytime with a low of 50, you just can't tell. The temps may not matter to some, but others may want more warmth from their trip. I will say that locals wouldn't plan on swimming any then.

Port Charlotte/Ft. Meyers area have a lot of water, but also now a lot of people, and I don't know about camping. Anything in the upper Keys?


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