201903 March Activity Calendar

MARCH 2019

Friday, 1 March, 8:30 am  Biking and Hiking, Fakahatchee Ranger Station, 137 Coast Line Drive, Copeland, Fl  34137GPS 25.951632, -81.360486     The Copeland Fakahatchee Ranger station is the 8:30 meeting spot. Bathrooms available. $3.00 park fee/car.   The group will then drive approximately ½ hour and 6.5 miles north on Janes Scenic Drive to Gate 12 where we will park to bike 3.5 miles to Gate 18. We will then leave the bikes and hike 1.5 miles in/out back to Janes and the bikes to ride back to the cars at Gate 12.   Activity Description:  Explore a remote area of the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park by biking a total of 7 miles and hiking a total of 3 miles from Gate 12 on Janes Scenic Drive. 10 years ago the Alligator Amblers worked with park staff to establish a unique 1.5 mile long walking trail from Gate 18 to an intersection with several tram routes. This path takes the hiker through 8 habitats. The bike is on a smooth packed dirt road (now Janes Scenic Trail). All bikes are acceptable. Wear zip off or long pants for hiking. If there is rain prior to the event, the trail will be wet in spots so wear shoes that you can bike and hike in wet and dry.  Bring at least 2 quarts of water, snacks, lunch, bike chain/lock, appropriate biking/hiking shoes; hat for hiking.   Helmets required.  Duration: Aproximately 6.5 hours. Plan to be back at the Copeland Ranger Station 3:00.   Note that there is no (or spotty) cell service and that the road to Gate 12 has avoidable potholes but is slow going.   Public invited. Moderate activity level.  Optional – once we have returned to the cars at Gate 12, those who wish to bike or hike 4 miles round trip down East Main Tram to the cabin can do that.  RSVP to Debra debraotaylor@comcast.net 978-732-6336

Saturday, 2 March, 9 am.  Paddle Orange River, Location: 10901 State Road 80 (Palm Beach Blvd. First right after FPL canal heading E on 80), Fort Myers, Fl 33905     GPS 26.693665, -81.777490    Paddle upstream approximately 3 miles and back for a total of 6 miles from Lee County Manatee Park on the beautiful and tranquil Orange River. Unload at the SE corner of Manatee Park parking field since the park kayak launch is closed. You will need to walk your paddle craft about 390 ft to access the put in. This is a leisurely paddle with manatee viewing around the launch then heading upstream and back.   Life Jackets Required. Bring your paddle craft and paddles if not renting, water, hat, sunscreen, snacks, and lunch for after paddling at park picnic tables. We’ll walk around the park and enjoy the manatee viewing stations after the paddle.   Kayak rentals are available through the Calusa Blueway Outfitters by contacting the gift shop (9:00-5:00) at 239-481-4600.   Pay $5 day use park fee at metered station. Bathrooms available at park.

Duration on water about 3 hours. There is no take out while on the water.  Public invited.  Leisure activity rating.  RSVP to Debra at  978-732-6336 or email:  debraotaylor@comcast.net    Rain cancels – Debra will notify.

Sunday, 3 March, Duration 3 hours.  Hike (birding).  Okaloacoochee State Forest, 6265 Keri Rd, Felda, FL  33930 off of just north of Felda on 29.  Activity Description:  meet at ranger station 9:30 am.  Great birding area, you will see Caracara, possibly wild turkeys, gopher tortoises, sandhill cranes, woodstorks and other birds also a sighting of deer might occur.  Bring your binoculars, water, snacks, sunglasses and bugspray.  Public invited, 20 people limit, leisure activity rating.   RSVP to Brenda   239-594-0401