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  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) closes portions of Lake O Scenic Trail & Boat Ramp:
    The USACE will close portions of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST) as rehabilitation continues on the Herbert Hoover Dike, the earthen structure surrounding the lake. More information on the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail and a map of current closures can be found at the LOST website.

  • OGT is asking you to please consider sharing your greenways and trails success stories, upcoming events and calendar announcements. In turn, the information offered may be featured in the Office of Greenways and Trails quarterly Newsletter, Connections, or listed on our community calendar below. Send information and notices to doug.alderson@dep.state.fl.us.
  • Be sure to check out the numerous Florida state park events offered every month. The drop down menu can help you narrow down events to just hiking, bicycling, equestrian and paddling if you wish.


 equestrians in Apalachicola Forest by Tracie Churhard West Orange Trail, Winter Garden, by Doug Alderson paddler on Ichetucknee River by Doug Alderson

SEPTEMBER 2015

  • Guided Paddle on South Creek in Oscar Scherer State Park, Wednesdays, September 2, 9. 16, 23, 30. This natural tidal creek can sometimes be too shallow for a paddle, so a guided walk is the alternate option. Registration between 8 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. at the Ranger Station on day of the paddle on a first-come, first-serve basis. Rentals are available. Also, there are guided scrub habitat walks in the park every Sunday morning from 8:30-10;00 a.m.
  • Learn to Kayak, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, Sunday, September 6. This is a land-based course to provide beginners the skills necessary for kayaking. The program is free with park admission. Call 561-624-6952 for reservations.
  • Heroes on the Water kayak trip on Browns Creek near Jacksonville, Sunday, September 13. This free event is for wounded and/or disabled veterans, active duty military and first responders. Register online. Check this link for more events.
  • Day Paddle on Bear Creek with the Putnam Blueways & Trails CSO, Saturday, September 19, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., beginning at the Welaka Landing.

OCTOBER 2015, Florida Greenways and Trails Month!

  • Sportsability Ocala/Gainesville, October 2-3. This is the premier event of the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association, designed to encourage participation regardless of age or ability level. Activities include kayaking, sailing, hand-pedaled biking and a number of sports. The event is free, but participants must register online.
  • Learn to Kayak, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, Sunday, October 4. This is a land-based course to provide beginners the skills necessary for kayaking. The program is free with park admission. Call 561-624-6952 for reservations.
  • Apalachicola RiverTrek October 6-11. Support one or more of the paddlers kayaking the 107-mile Apalachicola River or the team of the cyclists bicycling the length of the river corridor. 
  • Guided Paddle on South Creek in Oscar Scherer State Park, Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28. This natural tidal creek can sometimes be too shallow for a paddle, so a guided walk is the alternate option. Registration between 8 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. at the Ranger Station on day of the paddle on a first-come, first-serve basis. Rentals are available. Also, there are guided scrub habitat walks in the park every Sunday morning from 8:30-10;00 a.m.
  • Welaka State Forest Fall Festival Saturday, October 10, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Includes bird watching, a team medley relay adventure challenge, hikes, kayak trips, bike rides and more.
  • 13th Florida Paddlers' Rendezvous, Suwannee River, October 16-18. Contact Sam Gellerstedt for more information, 727-265-7556.
  • "Ding" Darling Days October 18-24. A week of eco-activities at "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Lee County.
  • Ecofest at Lemon Bay Park near Englewood Beach, October 24.

NOVEMBER 2015, Florida Paddlesports Month!

  • Calusa Blueway Kayak  Fishing Tournament, November 1st. Stay tuned for more details.
  • Learn to Kayak, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, Sunday, November 1. This is a land-based course to provide beginners the skills necessary for kayaking. The program is free with park admission. Call 561-624-6952 for reservations.
  • Guided Paddle on South Creek in Oscar Scherer State Park, Wednesdays, November 4, 11, 18, 25. This natural tidal creek can sometimes be too shallow for a paddle, so a guided walk is the alternate option. Registration between 8 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. at the Ranger Station on day of the paddle on a first-come, first-serve basis. Rentals are available. Also, there are guided scrub habitat walks in the park every Sunday morning from 8:30-10;00 a.m.
  • Stand Up for the Cure, Miami, November 7. Stand Up Paddleboard event in support of Susan G. Komen Foundation. The event at the Miami Yacht Club includes SUP instruction, fun races, happy hour, lunch, prizes and free professional breast or skin cancer examinations.
  • WHEELS--ten thousand people on bikes, transit and trails in South Miami, November 11-15. The closed-to-cars cyclovia, three nights of block parties, and a Friday afternoon/Saturday morning conference are all free. The East Coast Greenway Alliance Fall Summit will be part of this event on the 13-15.
  • American Canoe Association certified Volunteer Paddlesport Training November 17-20 at Lake Louisa State Park. Sponsored by the FDEP Division of Recreation and Parks. Contact Liz Sparks for more information, liz.sparks@dep.state.fl.us.

DECEMBER 2015

  • St. Johns History Paddle with Paddle Florida, December 4-8. Follow in the wake of famed 18th century naturalist William Bartram while paddling 55 miles of the St. Johns River and exploring historical sites and springs (register by November 20).
  • Great Outdoors Adventure Day, December 7, Lovers Key State Park. This fun event includes kayak tours, walking nature tours, bike tours (bikes and helmets provided), children's activities and more.

JANUARY 2016

FEBRUARY 2016, Florida Hiking Month!

MARCH 2016, Florida Biking Month!

  • March 30th, Take a Walk in the Park Day!

APRIL 2016

  • Paddle Florida Suwannee River Paddling Festival April 1-3. Supported 12-20 mile trip options on the Suwannee and Withlacoochee rivers along with evening entertainment and educational events (register by March 18).
  • Third Annual Florida Circumnavigational Trail (CT)/Florida Paddling Trails Association Reunion April 15-17, Oleno State Park. See stunning photos and hear amazing stories from CT thru-paddlers. More details to come.
  • April 19th, Bicycle Day!
  • April 22nd, Earth Day!

MAY 2016, National Bike Month!

  • Great Dock Canoe Race, May 14 in Naples Bay in historic Crayton Cove at the City Dock. Wildly decorated canoes compete in multiple races to celebrate the end of the busy winter season.

JUNE 2016, Great Outdoors Month!

  • June 6th, National Trails Day!
  • June 15th, Nature Photography Day!

JULY 2016, National Recreation and Parks Month!

   
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