Launch Location: Oleta River State Park
Personal Notes: The weather was about as perfect a day for kayaking as it gets. About the only downside was we ended up paddling against the tide most of the way, but that made for a good workout.
We went out with a huge group of beginners from the Meetup group Get Out There Adventures, paddled with them for about five miles and then four of us split off from the group and paddled north to Maule Lake. From Maule Lake we paddled back to the Intercoastal waterway and then headed south back to Oleta State Park but not before stopping at one of the islands to rest and eat snacks.
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Park Admission Fee: $6.00 per vehicle or $2.00 for pedestrians.
Description: Oleta River State Park is said to be Florida’s largest urban park The park is best known for miles of off-road bicycling trails. At the north end of the park there are shaded mangrove trails. Kayakers can paddle the river to explore the mangroves and also paddle out into the bay. Picnic tables and grills are available. For overnight visits, the park has rustic, air-conditioned cabins.
Maule Lake borders East Greynolds Park. It’s in an urban area with one waterway leading to the Intercoastal waterway, one to East Greynolds Park and one to Oleta State Park. The side bordering East Greynolds Park is full of birds nesting in the trees and a good place to do some bird watching.
Kayak Rentals Availability: Kayak rentals are available in the park at the Blue Moon Outdoor Center.
Amenities: In addition to kayak rentals bike rentals and paddle board rentals are available. There is a snack shop in the Blue Moon Outdoor Center. Public restrooms are available at the Blue Moon Outdoor Center. There is a fresh water wash area for washing bikes next to the Blue Moon Outdoor center. We like to use this area for rinsing the salt water and mud off of our bodies.