Flori-Bama Expedition on the Perdido River: April 11-16, 2020
The Perdido River flows about 44 miles from southern Alabama to Perdido Bay, forming Florida's western border with Alabama. Meaning "lost," the Perdido River was named by the Spaniards who occupied the area until 1813. The stream meanders past extensive woodlands of pine, cypress, and juniper cedar with many sandbars along the way serving as ideal rest spots. The sparkling waters are often tinted with yellow or red-black tannins from swamp vegetation, a natural occurrence. Seepage slopes, flatwoods, and wet prairie areas within the river basin are home to rare pitcher plants. The river and its tributaries also support several species of rare and imperiled fish.
Trip Registration Deadline
March 28, 2020 or when trip capacity is reached
The trip fee includes camping, meals, and shuttle.
The Meal Plan. Meals will be provided by professional caterers or local civic groups. Expect hearty, hot fare for breakfast and dinner. On-water lunch stops will include ample portions of fruit, chips, cookies, granola bars, PB&J sandwiches, and water.
Shuttle Service. Paddlers will park their vehicles at the trip's ending point at Perdido Pass, AL by 1PM on April 11th. After boats and gear are loaded onto trailers and the truck, paddlers will be shuttled to the trip's launching point at Otto Hill Campground northwest of Cantonment, FL. Vehicles will be waiting for paddlers at trip's end.
Paddle Florida Lite
$100/day. Can't get away for the whole trip? Choose the Paddle Florida Lite option and pay a daily rate over four or fewer days. The daily fee includes a meal plan, but no shuttle. If you are not paddling the whole trip, you may need to arrange for your own shuttle transportation. Contact Bill Richards at email@example.com for more information.
Required Paddling Skills: Paddlers with a wide range of skills and experience can and do enjoy Paddle Florida trips. Novices are welcomed, but they should have a basic understanding of paddle strokes and should be able to control their vessels in moving water. The Perdido River features flatwater with a moving current, and we'll almost always "go with the flow". There are occasional areas of fast water along the route, typically around meandering bends in the river. Our days crossing Perdido Bay present open water, which is more vulnerable to winds and tidal currents. Paddle Florida recommends a kayak of at least 16' with a rudder of skeg and a spray skirt for this trip. If you are a beginning paddler, we recommend you paddle near others who are more experienced, including (but not limited to) the Paddle Florida volunteers who will be on the water each day.
Paddlers needing to ret a canoe or kayak and related gear may contact our partnering outfitter, Outdoor Gulf Coast - 5 Vie de Luna Dr, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561 - 850-466-8477
Required Liability Waiver
Participants will be required to complete a liability waiver, which can be downloaded from the 'Documents' tab of this page. If you're sending your registration form through regular mail, please also print and send your completed waiver with your check. You can also bring your completed waiver with you to trip check-in. We will also have blank waivers onsite for paddlers to complete.
Paddle Florida Policies
- All paddlers must attend the trip overview and orientation on the first evening. Paddlers must adhere to the safety guidelines presented.
- Paddlers must wear a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) and whistle at all times on the water.
- Paddlers under age 18 are the responsibility of, and must be accompanied by, a parent or guardian. No more than 2 children under the age of 12 per adult guardian.
- Sorry, no pets allowed.
- All paddlers must provide emergency contact information and sign a Waiver of Claims and Release of Liability form. Parents must sign for children under the age of 18.
- People-powered watercraft only.
- Paddle Florida adheres to all rules put forth by the public parks we stay in, including the ban on alcoholic beverages.
- All paddlers must respect private property along the waterways we paddle.
- All paddlers must have basic paddling and swimming skills.
- Violations of these policies can result in the paddler being removed from the event without refund.
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. Before each trip registration deadline, requests for fee refunds will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
***You will receive a confirmation email message 7 - 10 days before the event with all the latest details on the trip***