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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.  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 2015-16 paddling season:

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. a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation
P.O. Box 5953, Gainesville, FL 32627
1710 SW 35th Place, Unit C
Gainesville, FL 32608

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

Tax return & 990 documents:

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.

Ed & Marylyn Feaver ~ February 2016

(01/25/2016) Where are you from? Your professions?  Quincy, Florida, which is just west of Tallahassee.  Marylyn: retired fee-only certified financial planner and registered investment adviser.  Ed: retired public service; Secretary, Department of Children & Families & Health and Rehabilitative Services. When and how did you become interested in paddling?  When we realized that having our own kayaks was more fun than a tandem canoe in 2011.   Where is your favorite place to paddle?  October-May: In Florida on Womack Creek in Tate’s Hell State Forest, a tributary of the Ochlockonee River and Fort Gadsden Creek in the Apalachicola National Forest, a tributary of Apalachicola River.  June-September: Canadian Rockies, Southwest Alberta, Canada: Cameron Lake, Waterton Lakes National Park (northern extension of Glacier National Park), Alberta. We’ve paddled 31 states (including Hawaii) and three Canadian provinces.  Hope to paddle 50 states and all Canadian provinces.  Our favorite paddles:  Upper Missouri  from Coalbanks to Judith Landing, MT; Brule River, WI; Jack’s Fork, MO; Colorado River’s Black Canyon, from base of Hoover Dam, NV.  What is the most interesting thing that ever happened to you on a paddling trip?  Caught in high winds on Lake Kabetogama in Voyageurs National Park, one of us imagined the headlines: “(Stupid) Paddlers Drown in Lake Storm.”   We had skirts, dry suits, and kayaks which rode the waves, but had had no experience in waves that deep with turbulent cross waves.  We literally surfed from one side of the lake to the other; except having fun surfing was the last thought on our minds.  How many Paddle Florida trips have you gone on and to where?   Two. The Withlacoochee and the Bartram History Paddle on the St. Johns River. What keeps you coming back?   We’re always looking for areas to paddle where development has not ruined the natural world. Paddle Florida’s trip format of tent camping and paddling, its emphasis on environmental stewardship, and that paddlers are not coddled – we’re expected to be able to handle whatever nature and the venue dishes out.   Can you describe a Paddle Florida trip highlight?  On most recent maiden and, alas, only St. Johns Bartram Trail paddle, camping on Dunn’s Creek at soon-to-be-opened Dunn’s Creek State Park. The sunset was glorious, reflecting on the creek which was dotted with roosting egrets.  Florida at its best!  Also the enthusiasm and knowledge of trip volunteers Sam and Dean who explained history and high points of Bartram Trail.  What advice do you have for folks considering a Paddle Florida trip?   Study the map of the location to orient yourself on the paddling conditions; make sure your boat is suitable for that venue; expect the unexpected. The challenges will be what you will remember.   

Janice Hindson ~ January 2016

(12/23/2015) 1) Where are you from?  Your profession?  I currently split my time between St Augustine and Gainesville and have been in Florida since 2009 after relocating from Chicago for my job (SVP Wells Fargo). 2) When and how did you become interested in paddling?  I have always loved the water and have served in the United States Coast Guard running search and rescue missions mostly on the Great Lakes. It was in the 90's while I was up in Michigan that I first became introduced to kayaking. I bought my first kayak at Canoecopia in Madison WI in 2000 and took classes first at Rutabaga and then on the Wolf and Eagle rivers (whitewater). 3) Where is your favorite place to paddle? My favorite places to paddle are any of the springs and the Keys in Florida, Peninsula State Park and the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin, the Mexican Baja, and Escanaba, Michigan.  4) What’s the most interesting thing that ever happened to you on a paddling trip?  The reason I paddle is because of the wonderful group of people you meet while on the water and the sense of total peace you have while surrounded by nature and wildlife. There have been so many beautiful and amazing places and wildlife that it is difficult to choose just one. I think one of the most amazing paddles was coming up on a flock of white pelicans on Lake Mendota in Madison, WI.  5) How many Paddle Florida trips have you gone on and to where? I have been on the Florida Keys Challenge, the Dam to the Bay trip on the Ochlockonee, the Suwannee River Paddling Festival, and the recent Bartram History Paddle on the St. Johns River.   6) Describe your new role with Paddle Florida.  I am Paddle Florida’s volunteer coordinator.  In this role, I work together with volunteers to coordinate the needed activities for each trip. We are lucky to have very seasoned paddlers who join us on the water and who are there to assist paddlers as they journey from launch to finish each day. These volunteers also assist with the many camp tasks to ensure a great trip for all who join us. 7) Can you describe a Paddle Florida trip highlight?  For me, the highlight of every trip is the camaraderie and friendships that are built. I really like that each trip is an opportunity to visit and build relationships with the paddlers who join us. It is really fun to get to know them personally, to have them share their experiences, and to see them on subsequent trips. 8) What advice do you have for folks considering a Paddle Florida trip?  Just Do It!  The trips are really well done. The people, the campsites, the paddling, the food, the entertainment, and the speakers are outstanding. I have participated in many trips before, but never where the food was catered and all you had to worry about was getting out and paddling. Even your gear is hauled for you. I really enjoy the opportunity to learn something new about the environment or be entertained with live music at a campsite while listening to the ocean!  Just amazing.    

Angelia Tindel-Douglas ~ December 2015

(11/30/2015) Where are you from? Your profession?  I was born in Sanford, Florida. I live in New Smyrna Beach. I'm an accountant. When and how did you become interested in paddling?   It was so long ago I can't remember. Paddling has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Where is your favorite place to paddle?  All over Florida. What’s the most interesting thing that ever happened to you on a paddling trip?   Paddling over the shoals on the Suwanee River a few months ago. I didn't think I had it in me. How many Paddle Florida trips have you gone on and to where?  I've been on three trips so far. Twice on the Wekiva/St. John's River Ramble and just recently on the Suwanee trip. What keeps you coming back?    I love meeting new friends that share the love of paddling like I do. I've formed some great friendships from these trips. Can you describe a particular Paddle Florida trip highlight?   Camping at Wekiwa Springs State Park. That place is awesome! What advice do you have for folks considering a Paddle Florida trip?   Just do it! You'll be happy you did.

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