A Picnic Island Padde

written by Kealy McNeal

On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Ocean Tribe Paddling Club will host a morning paddling excursion to Picnic Island, a sandy island in San Carlos Bay. We will start our journey from Causeway Island A and paddle to our destination, allowing time to explore before making the trek back to our launch point. The waters around Picnic Island are home to many critters such as bonnethead sharks, southern stingrays and manatees. Hopefully, we will be able to observe some of these animals in their natural habitat.

Those interested in joining the group should meet on the north side of Causeway Island A (the island closest to the toll booth) at 8:45 a.m. The paddle will begin at 9 a.m., and will last approximately one and a half hours. Participants are invited to bring their own vessel, or a limited number of loaner vessels can be reserved in advance by contacting oceantribepaddlers@sanibelseaschool.org. Any weather related updates or schedule changes will be posted on the Ocean Tribe Outfitters Facebook page at least one hour prior to the event.

Our paddling community is open to everyone, and your first event is always free. After that, we request that you purchase a club membership via our website. Ocean Tribe Outfitters is a branch of Sanibel Sea School that helps the local paddling community better explore, enjoy, and understand the ocean. Visit oceantribeoutfitters.org or follow us on Facebook and

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