BLUEWAYOR BUST: MARK CALENDAR
NOWFOR PREMIER PADDLINGFESTIVAL
The nation’s premier canoeing and kayaking destination debris cleanup called Monofilament Madness. Buy a Blueway
will sizzle with autumn activity in late October during the fourth Wristband and enjoy extra value at many of Southwest Florida’s
annual Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival along the Beaches of Fort attractions, restaurants, galleries, and marine/outfitter locations.
Myers & Sanibel in Florida.
The festival features daily activities, with emphasis on the
The 10-day festival offers a buffet of Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 30-Nov. 1 weekends. Many activities are free.
speakers and instruction, cultural and eco
festivals, competitive races and Festival details, including entry forms for canoe and kayak
tournaments, paddlers’get-togethers, and races, a catch-and-release fishing tournament, and photo contest, are
green activities. Events are at public parks available at www.CalusaBluewayPaddlingFestival.com
. Listings of
and archeological sites, as well as resorts other activities, hotel packages, and national ride-share options also
and campgrounds, along the Calusa are included on the site.
Blueway Paddling Trail, a 190-mile
marked-and-meandering saltwater trail on For Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail information, check out
Southwest Florida’s Gulf coast. www.CalsuaBlueway.com
. Maps are available or can be mailed to
you. Online interactive maps, suggested routes, outfitter and put-in
Meet the man who circumnavigated Florida’s coast, locations, wildlife tips, and a social media site are included at the
kayaking from Alabama to Georgia along the Sunshine State, Web site.
including segments of the Great Calusa Blueway. Stay in hotels that
offer special packages to travelers with paddlecraft, including
ready-at-sunrise box lunches and access to ice machines and hoses.
Book yourself into a campground right along the trail at a site that
includes a guided tour with the Florida Paddling Trail Association to
historic Mound Key, an island once inhabited by the Calusa king.
Attend the Calusa Costume Ball dressed as a conquistador or sea
wench, and then hear ghost stories on a moonlight hike.
Festival attendees also can get competitive. A photo
contest, two canoe/kayak races, and a catch-and-release fishing
tournament are planned; some have cash prizes. Visitors can give
back to the community by joining in a countywide waterway marine
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