Paddling Gulf Islands from end to end

DSC_4152In celebration of National Parks Week, Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown is hitting the water for eight straight days paddling the entire length of the Florida District from Perdido Key to the East Pass in Destin. The “End to End Seashore Paddle” is 58 miles.

Area residents have joined Brown each day during his trek. Navarre resident John Hatleid and Brown entered their kayaks in the Navarre Beach Marine Park at about 9:30 a.m., April 24 to begin their 14-mile paddle.

The kayaking trip continues at 9 a.m. both Friday and Saturday. Brown will depart Friday from Liza Jackson Park in Fort Walton Beach and Saturday from Gulf Islands’ Okaloosa Area.

Those wanting to paddle with Brown are encouraged to bring their own kayak and other necessary gear. However, a limited number of kayaks and life jackets are available free of charge. Reservations can be made by calling Susan Teel of the National Park Service at 850-934-2618.

Read more in the May 1 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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