| "Stump Pass Beach State Recreation Area": 3 hour tour for $45
|Stump Pass is an inlet near Englewood, connecting the
Intra-coastal Waterway with the Gulf of Mexico.
This is a spectacular area to kayak in SW Florida,
and well worth seeing. It is my favorite area in SW
Florida as it is very scenic; it is on the migration routes
for many birds (including our snowbirds); the water is
cleaner than most areas near Sarasota; and it is one
of the best areas for finding fossil sharks teeth.
It is located at the south end of Manasota Key off of I-75, exit 191, west of Englewood, Fl.
The closest address is 985 Gulf Blvd., Englewood, Florida 34223 (see bottom of this page).
This park is perfectly situated, with a mile of undeveloped beach where you can collect shells
or sharks' teeth, or swim year-round in the Gulf. The views are wonderful. There is also a
scenic hiking trail (easily walked), which passes through different types of vegetation and
wildlife habitats. The trail ends just to the north of Stump Pass itself with views of the Gulf.
The course we paddle takes you along several keys lined with red and black mangroves, and
we'll continue over saltwater flats near Stump Pass itself (listen for dolphins), while learning
about the wildlife, plants, oyster beds, sea-grasses and more. We also learn a bit about the
fossil history of Florida and usually find at least 20-30 sharks teeth. We return through the
channel between Peterson and Whidden keys where we often see Eagles and Osprey.
Taking your kayaking skills, tidal currents, and weather conditions into account, we can take a
different route and paddle into the Gulf of Mexico, then return through the Pass itself. Then we
continue paddling around mangrove islands and the channel between Peterson and Whidden
Keys. This also is a very beautiful area to paddle.
Depending on the time of year, expect to see large numbers of fish and birds: Great Blue
Herons, brown pelicans, osprey, anhingas, snowy egrets, Great White Egrets, tri-color
heron's, ibis, gulls, cormorants, frigatebirds, eagles and least terns. We may see Roseate
Spoonbills as well. We often see dolphin feeding, and may see West Indian manatees if the
water is warm enough while we are there.
While it is easy to paddle, this is an exceptionally beautiful place to visit, with ample examples
of natural vegetation, wildlife and scenery that you'll remember for some time. Oh, take a
moment to put a little sand in your shoes...it's a custom that means you'll come back in the
future. Stump Pass is mentioned by several people describing their tours on the Testimonials
page....it is a nice place to visit. Just call or e-mail us to arrange to do this tour...just Contact
Please enter your address in the box to the right for directions. Note:
the Park does not have an address assigned to it. These directions
take you just outside "Stump Pass Beach State Recreation Area".
Continue another 100 yards on South Gulf Boulevard which ends at
the entrance to the park. There is a $3.00 entry fee at the park.
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