In celebration of National Estuaries Days, the time has come to paddle the Estero River.
This special event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Estero River Outfitters, located at 20991 South Tamiami Trail in Estero (1/4 mile north of Corckscrew Road). The event is hosted by the Estero Bay Buddies and the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program.
The event consists of three paddles, a beginner, intermedite and advanced paddle to accomodate everyone's paddling needs. The schedule is as follows:
8:15 a.m. - 4 hour advanced paddle downstream
9:15 a.m. - 1 hour beginner paddle up stream (meet at 9 a.m. for a brief paddling tutorial)
9:45 a.m. - 2 hour intermediate paddle downstream
Participants in each trip will be educated about the Estero River, Estero Bay, the importance of our local estuary, programs, events and the environmental commitment of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) and the work the Estero Bay Buddies are doing within the local community.
There is a fee of $10 per person for the event. All participants should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled launch of their trip in order to check in, pick out a kayak, paddle and life jacket.
To make reservations, call Estero River Outfitters at 239-992-4050. There is a limit of 15 people per trip, so early registration is advised.