2012-01-05 / Top News

Naturalists lead river canoe trips by day and night

Blackwater River tours 
COURTESY PHOTOS Blackwater River tours COURTESY PHOTOS Explore the Blackwater River at Collier Seminole State Park by the light of a full moon on guided tours set for 7:30- 9:30 p.m. Jan. 6-7, Feb. 3-4 and March 5-6.

Experience the sounds and shadows of the river at night, and see the stars shining big and bright (weather permitting). Listen to the water dripping off the paddles and try to guess the other sounds you hear: a splash somewhere in the distance, a hoot in a nearby tree, crickets and frogs all around, their voices heightened by the stillness and the darkness.

All equipment is provided. Bring your own water and bug spray, as well as a flashlight in a watertight bag. Seal electronic devices such as cell phones or cameras in watertight containers.

Participation is limited to ages 12 and older, and only six canoes per trip. Cost is $30 per person.

Guided canoe trips by day are also offered throughout the season. Ideal for ages 6 and older, trips depart at 9:30 a.m. and return by 12:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday through April 18 (no outings on Feb. 11-12).

Paddlers learn about Southwest Florida’s unique mangrove estuaries. All paddling equipment is provided; bring your own water, food, bug spray and protection from the sun. Participation is limited to eight canoes per trip. Cost is $25 per person.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling Collier-Seminole State Park at 394-3397 or by visiting www.friendsofcollierseminolestatepark.com.

Entrance to the park is on U.S. 41, eight miles south of County Road 951 (Collier Boulevard). ¦

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