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Distance

6.01 nm

Elevation gain

3 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

3 ft

Max elevation

33 ft

Trailrank

30

Min elevation

-14 ft

Trail type

Loop
  • Photo of Rookery Bay launch long loop 25 SEP 2021 06:46
  • Photo of Rookery Bay launch long loop 25 SEP 2021 06:46
  • Photo of Rookery Bay launch long loop 25 SEP 2021 06:46
  • Photo of Rookery Bay launch long loop 25 SEP 2021 06:46
  • Photo of Rookery Bay launch long loop 25 SEP 2021 06:46
  • Photo of Rookery Bay launch long loop 25 SEP 2021 06:46

Time

2 hours 47 minutes

Coordinates

427

Uploaded

September 25, 2021

Recorded

September 2021
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33 ft
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6.01 nm

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near Shell Island, Florida (United States)

The launch area is at the end of Shell Island Road near the Rookery Bay research facility. Shell Island Road is a 2.8-mile long, low-speed paved road through an upland preserve where deer, tortoises, and other wildlife are common. The gate at the road (usually) opens at sunrise (±). The shallow sand/gravel launch is into 4 acres protected cove with an outlet to the north. Free parking is a short walk away after you unload.

Today's trip was northwest through Rookery Bay and north by northwest into the back bay area. There are two possible cuts before Sand Hill Creek, and we took the easternmost one to explore an area to the north where we hadn't been before. And then used the inland waterway (Stopper Creek) to return to the east and then south to the Shell Island Trail at Marker 14.

We rated the trip moderate for navigation. The paddling was almost all open water... almost...

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