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Tips for safe paddling
- This is Florida, so be sure to bring food and water, suntan lotion, a
wide brimmed hat and insect repellant.
- Respect the weather. Be aware of tides, water levels and currents.
- Carry a waterproof marine chart as the paper ones can fall apart.
- Don't paddle alone.
- Some areas are remote and you will not be able to get cell phone
reception; it's best to alert a friend or relative to your plans so if you
don't return the authorities can be notified.
- Do not overload your vessel and tie down gear. Bring a dry bag for items
you don't want to get wet.
- Watch out for motor boats and fishermen.
- Separate fishing licenses required for freshwater and saltwater fishing.
- Florida law requires a personal flotation device be available for each
person on board (children
under 6 must wear them). A sound device (such as a plastic whistle) is also
- Between sunset and sunrise, a white light must be available for use to
- If powered (electric or gas) vessel registration rules apply.
- Collecting plants and animals, and feeding wildlife are illegal in The
About Florida Weather
- Weather varies among the geographic regions, but a constant is the
generally regular afternoon thunderstorms during the summer. Winters are
generally the dry season.
- The Florida Panhandle has four seasons, and winters can be cold with
occasional subfreezing temperatures.
- Central and North Florida is more warm and dry than the Panhandle.
Spring and autumn with their moderate temperatures are the most pleasant
seasons for paddling.
- South Florida and the Florida Keys are subtropical to tropical and
the seasons can be described as wet and dry. Winter is generally dry and
usually warm. Consequently, snowbirds during the winter season can
create crowded conditions in the parks and on the trails.
- Hurricane season is June through October, fallen trees can block
waterways, landings can be damaged.
Be considerate of the environment.
reusable containers and pick up all garbage.
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