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||Posted: June 17 2006,09:00
If you plan even a few trips to the Keys (and how can you not) you must run to your nearest good bookstore (are there any really left) and buy:
The Florida Keys Paddling Guide, by Bill Keogh
Bill is a good friend, noted nature photographer and runs some ecotours out by No-Name Key (an awesome spot by the way). Truth is there are sooooo many good launches, not least of which are in Bill's book. And almost all of them are free.
So I wouldn't worry too much about launching from your motel (any motel on the water can probably be launched from anyway).
Buy the book, but I have to mention one: Cudjoe Key/Blimp Rd, MM 21.3. Take Blimp Rd. north to dead end on the water (about 2 miles). Unload, then park your car out of the way to avoid the boat trailer crowd. Super area to explore...
Oh, and another: it is well worth paying a few bucks for Long Key State Park at MM 67.5. Great bonefish flats oceanside. The eastern point is great for huge cuda and traveling tarpon. On the NE side is a huge bight or bay that you can access from a launch near the entrance (ask the rangers).
Edited by Capn Jimbo on June 18 2006,06:57
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