2017 is the 75th Anniversary of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Management Area system. As part of this year long celebration, Escribano Point biologists will be leading paddling adventures along the waterways of Escribano Point WMA. Escribano Point’s rich habitat mix creates year-round wildlife viewing. The diverse fresh and saltwater habitats support a variety of resident and migratory wildlife, from deer and turkey to beaver and black bear. A FREE group campsite and dinner will be provided on the Friday night when local biologists will deliver fireside talks about the area’s natural and historical features. At 6am an optional birding by kayak tour will venture out followed by a litter cleanup and FREE lunch. If there is enough interest a guide paddling tour and kayak fishing workshop will take place. FREE camping is available on Saturday night as well for those wishing to stay an extra night and explore the WMA on Sunday.
NOTE: actual times may vary during the event depending on size of group, weather etc.
Do I have to be an expert paddler to take part? No, this field trip is suitable for intermediate paddlers who are comfortable with potential windy conditions on the bay.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? There is parking on site. Follow signs along Chocktaw Field/Grassy Point Rd to campsite.
What equipment will I need to bring? Participants must bring own camping equipment, kayak and gear. Everyone must wear a life jacket and have a whistle. Bring waterproof binoculars if you own a pair; Loaner binoculars will be available. Bring fishing gear if you are taking part in the Saturday afternoon kayak fishing workshop/paddle.
What facilities are available? There are portable toilets at the campsite and grills for cooking. There is no electricity or water.
How do I register for FREE camping on Friday and Saturday night? Register for camping by calling Mark at 850-819-0890
What if the weather is bad? The event will be cancelled if there is inclement weather. Participants will be notified with good notice.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Call Liz Sparks at 850-570-5950 for more information
The event will be held at the Escribano Point WMA Bayside Campground, Navarre, FL 32566. Click here for directions and registration.