Group Paddle #2 is a Huge Success for Cotee River Kayakers Club

With back-to-back paddles on Saturday night and Sunday morning, the Cotee River Kayakers Club is showing no signs of slowing. Clocking in at 4-kilometers, the journey from Frances Avenue Park to James E. Grey Preserve and back was enjoyed by all!

The Saturday Sundown paddle set off at 5:30 PM and was marked by a medium-high tide and leisurely return to Frances Avenue Park with help from the current. Regular paddlers and new members alike joined in for the kickoff to our second group paddle. Afterward, members converged on the Social NPR rooftop to toast the success of a great trip.

The following morning, the Sunday Morning Paddle set off along the same course. One of the notable differences was the low-tide, which brought out many birds and turtles. Kayakers spotted several species along the river banks, but the roseate spoonbill stood out for its distinctive pink coloring.

The roseate spoonbill swooping down over the Cotee River
The roseate spoonbill swooping down over the Cotee River

The Sunday Morning Paddle concluded with healthy treats at ADAPT Freshness in downtown New Port Richey.

As it stands, the Cotee River Kayakers Club is up to nearly 700 members on our Facebook group. Between both group paddles, over 50 people have come together to yak, traveling as far as Dunedin and Clearwater to join us.