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Outings => River Rats => Topic started by: greyhound352 on September 08, 2014, 04:43:35 AM

Title: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
Post by: greyhound352 on September 08, 2014, 04:43:35 AM
A spur of the moment trip to a local park called E. G. Simmons Park.

E.G. Simmons Park, located only three miles north of Ruskin, has been a popular area for outdoor enthusiasts since the mid-1960s. The Park was developed from 258 acres of native mangroves and open land areas, intertwined with waterways. An additional 200 acres of mangrove swamp has been preserved as a bird and wildlife sanctuary.

Wife trying out her new kayak.

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Pic of me.

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Cormorants in a tree.

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A heron working on his camouflaging techniques.

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Oysters growing on a tree.

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Playing follow the leader in the mangroves. There were trails blazed through the mangroves with ribbons tied to the trees.

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A new blade handle material mangrove burl.

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The canoe/kayak launch ramp area. You can place your boat on the rollers, get in and then pull yourself into the water.

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The boat rental section $25 for 4 hours.

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Title: Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
Post by: zammer on September 08, 2014, 07:36:59 AM
Thats nice to see you have an area where you can throw a boat in and paddle around. I've never seen that entry system but it could be very helpful, cool pics, thanks GH  :cheers:
Title: Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
Post by: Yellowyak on September 08, 2014, 07:49:26 AM
Nice trip report Ron. I like the lines on your wife's new kayak, looks like a speed daemon. I always like exploring through mangrove tunnels, always something cool to see.

I too have not seen a boat launch like that, did you use it?
Title: Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
Post by: SwampHanger on September 08, 2014, 11:38:11 AM
Ron is her Kayak fiberglass?
Title: Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
Post by: wsdstan on September 08, 2014, 11:42:48 AM
Nice photos.  I like that entry system too, would be pretty handy.
Title: Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
Post by: madmax on September 08, 2014, 11:49:16 AM
One of our fav paddles is Long Keys mangroves.  Maybe a trip down yer way is in order.  Can I get a SUP in there?   LOL
Title: Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
Post by: greyhound352 on September 08, 2014, 11:58:47 AM
Ron is her Kayak fiberglass?

I think so. It is another hand me down from my parents. It is a Hurricance Kayak Santee model. She also received a nice carbon fiber printed paddle.
Title: Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
Post by: greyhound352 on September 08, 2014, 11:59:51 AM
One of our fav paddles is Long Keys mangroves.  Maybe a trip down yer way is in order.  Can I get a SUP in there?   LOL

Most of the area yes you could paddle the SUP. On the mangrove trails no.
Title: Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
Post by: madmax on September 08, 2014, 12:11:51 PM
Kelly keeps stealing my carbon blades.  I get stuck with fiberglass leftovers.  Well, they are still lighter than wood.  But what a sweet feel on those.
Title: Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
Post by: greyhound352 on September 08, 2014, 12:18:48 PM
Thats nice to see you have an area where you can throw a boat in and paddle around. I've never seen that entry system but it could be very helpful, cool pics, thanks GH  :cheers:

Thanks the entry system is really nice. You can load the boat with gear or kids and then pull your way into the water.

Nice photos.  I like that entry system too, would be pretty handy.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
Post by: greyhound352 on September 08, 2014, 12:59:44 PM
Ron is her Kayak fiberglass?

After further review: No on the fiberglass. It's made of Trylon and weights 38 pounds.

Lightweight: Using Trylon means our boats weigh 10-15 pounds less than comparable kayaks, which translates into less time wrestling with your boat and more time paddling it. That's especially good news for smaller paddlers who don?t need a weight belt to get a Hurricane from their car to the water?s edge.
Title: Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
Post by: madmax on September 08, 2014, 01:06:17 PM
My Dagger Legend is only like 400 lbs.

Jealous.
Title: Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
Post by: greyhound352 on September 08, 2014, 02:22:11 PM
The one picture I forgot to take yesterday.

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Title: Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
Post by: madmax on September 08, 2014, 02:39:19 PM
Ephisians 2.8. Good.  Where's my fav.  He is my rock.  My fortress.
Title: Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
Post by: FlaMike on September 08, 2014, 02:45:13 PM
Seen several people go thru the mangrove tunnels on SUPs. They just lay down on them and hand-paddle like on a surf board. Depending on the tunnel, some just grab the branches and pull themselves through.

Nice Pics!  :)

Mike S.
Spring Hill, FL
Title: Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
Post by: crashdive123 on September 08, 2014, 06:46:41 PM
Great pictures.  Glad you had a chance to get out and have some fun Ron.
Title: Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
Post by: Spyder1958 on September 14, 2014, 01:05:06 PM
I missed this Ron, Good report. You didn't have a rod? Good fishing to be had from Simmons to skyway. I like cockroach bay for paddling, Big snook, reds and gator trout.
Looks like a nice Yak.
You'll have to let me know and Cindie and I will join y'all.
Good area for a early morning paddle