Outings
Note !
Paddle participants must bring their own craft, PFD, and be able to swim.
The outings are open to the public and donations to the Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club are gratefully accepted.

 
For a list of State-wide outings, go to http://florida.sierraclub.org/outings.asp

Outings Leaders: Click HERE to download sign-in sheet

            
                               
                  Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club Outings
                                   October to December 2017



All outings are open to the public and free of charge.  Please contact the Outings leader by calling the phone number listed in the outing description. 

Oct. 2, Monday, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Paddle from Ponce De Leon Park
Explore mangrove tunnels and the shoreline of Charlotte Harbor with Florida Master Naturalist Helen Buonviri and Bill Schuyler.  Facilities available.  Participants are required to wear a PFD.  Bring your kayak/canoe (no inflatables), water, bug spray, lunch/snack.  Donations to the Sierra club are gratefully accepted.  Reserve at (941) 467-0974 (Helen) or (941) 763-9248 (Bill). 
Oct. 13, Friday, 9:00 am-1:00 pm, Paddle Myrtle Slough
Trip is conducted by certified guide and Florida Master Naturalist, Jim Story. Depending on weather conditions the trip can proceed up Myrtle Slough to Lake Surprise and/or downstream to Shell Creek, navigating up to the 400 ft wide water fall at the Punta Gorda reservoir. Trips can last 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hrs. Kayak and PFD required. Reservations are limited to 12 people. Call early (941) 505-8904.
Oct. 14, Saturday, 9:00am-Noon, Kayak from Quarry Lake to Myakka State Forest
We will launch from Quarry Lake ( a man-made lake near North Port), travel down a tight, twisting creek until we reach the Myakka River.  Lots of spacious views and open mangrove islands.  We will lunch at the primitive campsite in the Myakka State Forest before returning home.    Must reserve,  Allain Hale, (941) 423-2713 <tel:(941)%20423-2713> 

Oct,18, Wednesday, 8:30 am-11:00 am, Bike Babcock Webb Wildlife Management Area
Come along on a leisurely bike ride with Master Naturalists Jamie Reynolds and John Phillips to explore the wetlands and pine lands along paved Webb Lake Road. We will identify wildflowers and birdwatch at stops along the 11 mile round trip. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always accepted.  Provide your own bike. Must reserve, (941) 637-8284.

Oct. 23, Monday, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Paddle Woolverton Trail Mangroves and Lunch on Big Dog Island
Explore the extensive mangrove tunnels of Lemon Bay then paddle to Big Dog Island with Florida Master Naturalist Helen Buonviri and Bill Schuyler.  Enjoy a leisurely lunch/snack exploring Big Dog before returning to the launch area.  Participants are required to wear a PFD.  Bring your kayak/canoe (no inflatables), water, bug spray, lunch/snack.  Donations to the Sierra Club are gratefully accepted.  Reserve at (941) 467-0974 (Helen) or (941) 763-9248 (Bill).


Oct. 29, Sunday, 8:30 am-11:00am, ?Hike Prairie Shell Creek Preserve 
Join Florida master Naturalists John Phillips and Jamie Reynolds as they lead you on an informative nature walk in this protected area of scrub habitat.    The Florida Scrub Jay and the Gopher Tortoise live here and we will discuss them.  Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted.  Info 941-639-7468

Nov. 5, Sunday, 8:30 am - 11:30 am,  Paddle Babcock Lake at Webb Wildlife Management Area

Florida Master Naturalist Jamie Reynolds will lead a paddle along the shores of 5.5- mile Webb Lake. We will skirt some island hammocks and coves, noting water birds, water lilies and spring wild flowers. Participants must provide their own watercraft, PFDs and be able to swim. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always accepted.  Must reserve, (941) 637-8284.

Nov 9, Thursday, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, Paddle Alligator Creek.
We will paddle down the south branch of Alligator Creek west of Rt. 41, through hardwoods, sabal palms and mangroves. We will leave the creek and paddle through mangrove tunnels to beautiful Charlotte Harbor and return. Your guides will be Florida Master Naturalists Les and Mary Caraher, who live on the creek. Participants must provide their own watercraft, PFD, and be able to swim. Bring water, sunscreen, hat, and a snack or lunch. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are gratefully accepted. Reservations are required and limited to 10 people. To reserve, call (304) 642-8851 <tel:(304)%20642-8851>.

Nov. 11, Saturday, 9:00 am-Noon, Kayak Deer Prairie Creek in North Port
This seldom visited creek offers a shady, hidden tour that can challenge your skills if the water is running fast.  The turns, overhead branches and root obstacles can make things tricky, so itís ideal for smaller (up to 13 feet) kayaks.  Must reserve, call Allain Hale (941) 423-2713.

Nov. 12, Sunday, 9am-1pm, Paddle Myrtle Slough

Trip is conducted by certified guide and Florida Master Naturalist, Jim Story. Depending on weather conditions the trip can proceed up Myrtle Slough to Lake Surprise and/or downstream to Shell Creek, navigating up to the 400 ft wide water fall at the Punta Gorda reservoir. Trips can last 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hrs. Kayak and PFD required. Reservations are limited to 12 people. Call early (941) 505-8904.

Nov. 13 , Monday, 10am-2pm. Paddle Woolverton Trail Mangroves, Lunch on Big Dog Island
Explore the extensive mangrove tunnels of Lemon Bay then paddle to Big Dog Island with Florida Master Naturalist Helen Buonviri and Bill Schuyler.  Enjoy a leisurely lunch/snack exploring Big Dog before returning to the launch area.  Participants are required to wear a PFD.  Bring your kayak/canoe (no inflatables), water, bug spray, lunch/snack.  Donations to the Sierra Club are gratefully accepted.  Reserve at (941)
467-0974 (Helen) or (941) 763-9248 (Bill).


Nov. 15, Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Nature Walk at Shell Creek Preserve
Join Florida Master Naturalists John Phillips and Jamie Reynolds as they lead us through this area of Longleaf Pine flatwoods, scrub and hardwood hammocks along Shell Creek. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. For info, (941) 639-7468.

Nov. 20, Monday  9:00 am -2:00 pm,  Kayak Shell Creek
Shell Creek is now coming in bloom with lavender banks of Climbing Asters.   Join us as we paddle with Master Naturalist Rick Fried, who lives on the Creek.  You must provide your own watercraft and be able to swim.  This outing is free to the public.  Voluntary donations to the Sierra club are always gratefully accepted.  Reserve, (941) 637-8805.

Nov. 28, Tuesday 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Paddle Lettuce Lake
This is one of our most popular outings.  We will kayak with Master Naturalist Rick Fried from Lettuce Lake through narrow twisting channels to the Peace River.  Down river, we will pause to have lunch at the Nav-A-Gator Restaurant before returning on a shorter different route.  You must provide your own watercraft, be able to swim and bring money to buy your lunch.  This outing is free to the public.  Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted.  Reserve, (941) 637-8805

Nov. 30, Thursday, 8:30 am-11:00 am, Nature Walk at Deep Creek Preserve
Join Florida Master Naturalists John Phillips and Jamie Reynolds as we explore the longleaf pine flatwoods, wetland marshes and hardwood hammock habitats of this preserved area in Charlotte County. Voluntary donations are always gratefully accepted.  941-639-7468


Dec. 4, Monday, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Paddle from Ponce De Leon Park
Explore mangrove tunnels and the shoreline of Charlotte Harbor with Florida Master Naturalist Helen Buonviri and Bill Schuyler.  Facilities available.  Participants are required to wear a PFD.  Bring your kayak/canoe (no inflatables), water, bug spray, lunch/snack.  Donations to the Sierra club are gratefully accepted.  Reserve at (941) 467-0974 (Helen) or (941) 763-9248 (Bill).
Dec. 6, Wednesday, 9:00 am-2:00 pm, Kayak Shell Creek
This pretty creek in Charlotte County is well worth visiting again and again. Asters in bloom now. Your guide will be Master Naturalist Rick Fried, who lives on the creek.  Participants must provide their own watercraft and be able to swim.This outing is free to the public. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. Reserve
(941) 637-8805.

Dec. 9, Saturday, 9:00 am-Noon, Kayak Myakkahatchee Creek in North Port
This paddle requires you to portage twice around a dam, so be in shape.  You will be rewarded with a trip that takes you through a hidden jungle of willows and grapevines.  We will take a break at Morgan Center before returning.  This is an easy trip for beginners, but has jungle appeal that experienced paddlers like.  Must reserve with Allain Hale (941)-423-2713.


Dec. 10, Sunday, 8:30am-11:00 am, Nature Walk in Prairie Creek Preserve Scrub

Walk with two Florida Master Naturalists, John Phillips and Jamie Reynolds, as we tour this protected area of scrub habitat. It's an outing that's informative, easy and safe. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. Info (941)
639-7468.

Dec. 11, Monday, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Paddle from Ponce De Leon Park

Explore mangrove tunnels and the shoreline of Charlotte Harbor with Florida Master Naturalist Helen Buonviri and Bill Schuyler.  Facilities available.  Participants are required to wear a PFD.  Bring your kayak/canoe (no inflatables), water, bug spray, lunch/snack.  Donations to the Sierra club are gratefully accepted.  Reserve at (941)
467-0974 (Helen) or (941) 763-9248 (Bill).

Dec. 13, Wednesday, 9:00 am-1:00 pm, Paddle Myrtle Slough

Trip is conducted by certified guide and Florida Master Naturalist, Jim Story. Depending on weather conditions the trip can proceed up Myrtle Slough to Lake Surprise and/or downstream to Shell Creek, navigating up to the 400 ft wide water fall at the Punta Gorda reservoir. Trips can last 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hrs. Kayak and PFD required. Reservations are limited to 12 people. Call early (941) 505-8904.

Dec. 14,Thursday 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Paddle Lettuce Lake

This is one of our most popular outings.  We will kayak with Master Naturalist Rick Fried from Lettuce Lake exploring a maze of narrow twisting channels to the Peace River.  Then, we will pause to have lunch at the Nav-A-Gator Restaurant before returning on a shorter different route.  You must provide your own watercraft, be able to swim and bring money to buy your lunch.  This outing is free to the public.  Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted.  Reserve, (941) 637-8805.


Dec. 14
, Thursday, 8:30 am-1:00, Paddle Alligator Creek
We will paddle down the south branch of Alligator Creek west of Rt. 41, through hardwoods, sabal palms and mangroves. We will leave the creek and paddle through mangrove tunnels to beautiful Charlotte Harbor and return. Your guides will be Florida Master Naturalists Les and Mary Caraher, who live on the creek. Participants must provide their own watercraft, PFD, and be able to swim. Bring water, sunscreen, hat, and a snack or lunch. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are gratefully accepted. Reservations are required and are limited to 10 people. To reserve, call (304) 642-8851 <tel:(304)%20642-8851>

Dec.15, Friday, 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m., Paddle Prairie Creek

Join Florida Master Naturalist Jamie Reynolds as she leads us on this natural waterway along banks studded with cypress, oaks and palms and home to limpkins, ospreys, kingfishers and many other Florida natives. Participants must provide their own watercraft, PFDs and be able to swim. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always accepted.  Must reserve, (941) 637-8284.


Dec. 19, Tuesday, 8:30 am-11:00 am, Nature Walk at Prairie Creek Preserve
Join Florida Master Naturalists John Phillips and Jamie Reynolds as we explore the pine flatwoods, palmetto prairies, herbaceous marshes, improved pasture and riverside wetlands of this wild area in Charlotte County. This outing is free to the public. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted.  For info, call (941) 639-7468.

Dec. 21,Thursday,  9:00 am-2:00 pm,  Paddle beautiful Shell Creek 
This is one of the most scenic waterways in Charlotte County.  Your guide, Florida Master Naturalist Rick Fried, intimately knows this creek because he lives on it. You must provide your own watercraft and be able to swim.  This outing is free to the public.  Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted.  Reserve (941) 637-8805

Dec. 28, Tuesday 9:00 am-3:00pm, Paddle Lettuce Lake
This is one of our most popular outings.  We will kayak with Master Naturalist Rick Fried from Lettuce Lake exploring a variety of scenery from narrow twisting channels then onto the Peace River.  From there we will pause to have lunch at the Nav-A-Gator Restaurant before returning on a shorter different route.  You must provide your own watercraft, be able to swim and bring money to buy your lunch.  This outing is free to the public.  Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted.  Reserve, (941) 637-8805.
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