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Earth Day 2014 - Eco-Archaeo Kayak Tour


Fort Island Boat Ramp, west of Fort Island Gulf Beach
16000 W. Fort Island Trail
Crystal River, FL 34429


US-19 to Fort Island Trail (CR-44). Continue 9.4 miles to the boat ramp at the far end of the road.

Date and Time

  • Tue, Apr 22, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm


Join a Florida Coastal Office biologist and Florida Public Archaeology Network archaeologists on a guided paddle to Shell Island on Earth Day! Guided tour will take place on April 22nd, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. and will depart from the boat ramp just west of Fort Island Gulf Beach Park. Participants will explore a portion of the St. Martin’s Marsh Aquatic Preserve during their adventure to Shell Island. Ecological concepts and local archaeology will be discussed on Shell Island during a picnic lunch. So bring your sunscreen, lunch, water and questions and sign up today!

Space is limited and some rental kayaks are available for rent courtesy of A Crystal River Kayak Company. Cost is $15 per person(s) providing their own equipment and $20 per person(s) wishing to rent equipment. Rental cost covers kayak, paddle, personal floatation device, and whistle. Participants providing their own gear ARE REQUIRED to provide their own kayak, paddle, personal floatation device, and whistle – per U.S. Coast Guard Regulations. Proceeds aid in Educational and Outreach Events via the Friends of Crystal River State Park.


Sunscreen, water, snacks, bug spray, sun hat, whistle, jacket.
*If you rent a kayak, paddles and PFDs included; if you bring a kayak, you must bring your paddles and PFD.

For more information

Call Jamie at (352)563-0450 or Lisa at (352)795-0208 or email Jamie.Letendre@dep.state.fl.us or lhylton@usf.edu.

To learn more about St. Martin’s Marsh Aquatic Preserve, please visit: www.facebook.com/BigBendSeagrassesAquaticPreserve 

To learn more about Florida Public Archaeology Network, please visit: www.facebook.com/FPANcentral

Last updated: March 06, 2014

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