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, Paddle Florida: Inspiring. Meaningful. Adventure.

, Paddle Florida: Inspiring. Meaningful. Adventure.

Paddle Florida:
Inspiring. Meaningful. Adventure.

Paddle Florida, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation organized to support canoeing and kayaking in Florida. Supported, multi-day paddling/camping adventures in each of Florida's five water management districts showcase the state's natural beauty and rich cultural heritage while promoting water conservation, wildlife preservation, springs restoration, and waterways protection. Paddle Florida also seeks to promote Florida as an international destination for nature-based tourism.

Our 2016-17 Paddling Season:
October 17-24, 2016: Suwannee River Wilderness Trail
December 2-6, 2016: Ocklawaha Odyssey
January 9-15, 2017: Florida Keys Challenge
February 11-17, 2017: The Great Calusa Blueway
March 11-17, 2017: Dam to the Bay on the Ochlockonee
April 7-9, 2017: Suwannee River Paddling Festival

Paddle Florida staff members scout trips in advance to ensure waterway conditions and shoreline campsites are safe, comfortable, and showcase nature's best view. Meal plans and gear shuttling eliminate the need to weigh down boats with food and camping equipment. Florida-based entertainment and educational programming is provided each evening by regional artists, musicians, authors, and naturalists. Partnerships with local outfitters provide paddlers with canoes, kayaks, and other paddling gear to rent as needed. With this level of support, paddlers of all ages and skill levels can explore and enjoy the REAL Florida!



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Contacts:
Paddle Florida, Inc.
P.O. Box 5953
1710 SW 35th Place, Unit C
Gainesville, FL 32608

Board of Directors:
Nickie Kortus, President
Whitney Sanford, Vice President
Robert Hutchinson, Secretary
Debra Akin, Treasurer
Lars Andersen, Board Member

Tax Return & 990 Documents:
990 2015 Tax Return

Refund Policy:
Due to the financial outlay and costs incurred by Paddle Florida during event planning, any force majeure, which includes but is not limited to water levels, inclement weather and any other Acts of God not mentioned herein, shall not result in the refund of any fees paid to Paddle Florida. Absolutely no fees will be refunded after 15 days before the event begins. Any fees refunded by Paddle Florida will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Dale Hoffman ~ October 2016

(09/29/2016) Where are you from? I have retired to Duncansville, Pennsylvania. Previously, I lived and worked in Detroit. When and how did you become interested in paddling?   Just about everyone who lives in Michigan has a canoe. Kayaking was a natural transition. Where is your favorite place to paddle?  We spend time each year in Key West, where we link up with an informal kayaking group called the Green Parrot Kayak Club.  I love exploring and paddling the flats off Geiger Key and other areas. The birds and marine life are incredible. What’s the most interesting thing that ever happened to you on a paddling trip?  Last year my son went with me on the Suwannee River trip in October for the first time. He couldn't believe the springs and caverns. We tried to snorkel every spring we came upon. While walking up Anderson Run we bumped into Eric, who likes to snorkel and explore the caverns as much as I do. We proceeded to the spring head and found a cavern in the middle of the spring. We took turns exploring the cavern which was very unique. How many Paddle Florida trips have you gone on and to where?  I've been on several Suwannee River trips over the years. I rented a kayak the first time, but afterwards I bought a 16.5’ sea kayak. Can you describe a Paddle Florida trip highlight?  The entertainment and speakers are a definite highlight. After a day of paddling, listening to bluegrass and folk music followed by a campfire is hard to beat. What advice do you have for folks considering a Paddle Florida trip?   Do it. You don't have to be an experienced kayaker. Bring someone with you so you can share the memories afterwards. The springs are amazing. I look at my pictures often and look forward to the next journey.

Suzanne Gauthier ~ September 2016

(08/29/2016) Where are you from? Your profession?  I am originally from Montreal, Canada, and now live in Melrose, Florida.  I am a retired RN.   When and how did you become interested in paddling?   I have always been a water baby. I became interested in paddling when I saw a friend's kayak 33 years ago and was severely bitten by that kayak bug.   Where is your favorite place to paddle?  That's a hard one to answer.  The Keys, the “Chaz” (Florida’s Chassahowitzka River).  So many! What’s the most interesting thing that ever happened to you on a paddling trip?  On one of Paddle Florida’s Keys trips, paddling beside the Seven Mile Bridge…a giant manta ray leaped up out of the water right beside my boat and splashed me. My heart skipped a beat!                                                 How many Paddle Florida trips have you gone on and to where?  Two Florida Keys Challenges and the Great Calusa Blueway trip last February.  I am hoping to go on the Suwannee trip this October!   Can you describe a highlight from a Paddle Florida trip?   My highlight on these trips is the adventure and comradery of so many interesting folks from all over.                                     What advice do you have for folks considering a Paddle Florida trip?   DO IT!!!

Farley & Karol Doucette ~ August 2016

(07/29/2016) Where are you from? Your profession?  Karol and I live in Hammock, Florida. We are both retired educators. When and how did you become interested in paddling?   We both have been paddling since we were kids. Canoes, kayaks, river rafts, row boats, if it was on water we tried to paddle it!   Where is your favorite place to paddle?  I enjoy surf kayaking; there is something about riding that wave that just gets me.  Karol favors the expedition paddling.  It's a nice balance for the both of us.   What’s the most interesting thing that ever happened to you on a paddling trip?  For Karol, it was when she was paddling in the ocean and thousands of Monarch butterflies came toward her from the west. They landed all over her and her boat. As for me, I was surf kayaking off the coast of New Jersey in the dead of winter and it started to snow.  The solitude of the ocean in winter with that visual was something to see and feel.  How many Paddle Florida trips have you gone on and to where?  We did the Keys Challenge and the Suwannee trip.  Both excellent. Can you describe a highlight from that trip?  The people.  You just can't paddle a kayak without developing a deep respect for nature and your fellow travelers!     Any plans to come on another Paddle Florida adventure?  The trip calendar is already out and we are seeing how many we can get in this coming season! What advice do you have for folks considering a Paddle Florida trip?   There is never a perfect time to do a trip, so just do it now.  And with Paddle Florida, you can't go wrong. 

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