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Trip report: 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.)

paddle Sugarloaf Key, Florida Keys, kayak, canoe

Distance: varies
Location: Sugarloaf Key (US1)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Tidal: Yes
Launch points: Sugarloaf Marina (See map)
Nearby points of interest: Bat Tower, Key West, Marathon


Sugarloaf Marina (rentals, tours)

Sugarloaf Key... Comments and Photos

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 the marina area

Upper Sugarloaf Sound


Narrow channels through the mangrove


Wildlife and other sights


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