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Reported: Jan 2014

Sugarloaf Key... Paddling in the Florida Keys

Paddling at Sugarloaf Key (MM 16-20) at about 17 miles north of Key West features remote areas of the Florida Keys, with varied wildlife viewing. (Detailed map and photos below.)



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Distance: Various
Location: Sugarloaf Key (US1)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Tidal: Yes
Launch points: Sugarloaf Marina (See map, left)
Kayak/Canoe Rentals: Sugarloaf Marina (links, above right)
Nearby points of interest: Bat Tower, Key West, Marathon

We launched from Sugarloaf Marina (MM17), which has the most reasonable launch fee we've found in Florida, and helpful staff. Paddling across Upper Sugarloaf Sound, we entered the maze of channels through mangrove; tidal currents can be swift, a "moderate" paddle in these narrows.

Paddling at Sugarloaf Key
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Paddling at the marina area
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Sugarloaf Marina Launch area Leaving the marina, to Upper Sugarloaf Sound
Paddling on Upper Sugarloaf Sound
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Paddling along narrow channels through the mangrove
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Entrance to mangrove channels Along the channels We had to break down the paddles
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Wildlife and some miscellaneous views
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Bat Tower - built in 1929 to combat mosquitoes, the bats flew away but the tower remains Iguana Pelicans Hang gliding

More information on paddling at Sugarloaf Key (opens in a new window):

- Florida Greenways and Trails - Florida Keys Overseas Paddling Trail

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