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Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
« 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.



Pic of me.



Cormorants in a tree.



A heron working on his camouflaging techniques.



Oysters growing on a tree.





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



A new blade handle material mangrove burl.



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



The boat rental section $25 for 4 hours.


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Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
« Reply #1 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:
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Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
« Reply #2 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?

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Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2014, 11:38:11 AM »
Ron is her Kayak fiberglass?

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Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2014, 11:42:48 AM »
Nice photos.  I like that entry system too, would be pretty handy.
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Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
« Reply #5 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
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Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
« Reply #6 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.
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Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
« Reply #7 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.
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Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
« Reply #8 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.
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Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
« Reply #9 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.

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Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
« Reply #10 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.
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Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2014, 01:06:17 PM »
My Dagger Legend is only like 400 lbs.

Jealous.
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Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2014, 02:22:11 PM »
The one picture I forgot to take yesterday.

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Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2014, 02:39:19 PM »
Ephisians 2.8. Good.  Where's my fav.  He is my rock.  My fortress.
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Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
« Reply #14 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!  :)

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Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2014, 06:46:41 PM »
Great pictures.  Glad you had a chance to get out and have some fun Ron.

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Re: Trip to Tampa Bay via E.G. Simmons Park
« Reply #16 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.
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