Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Manatee Paddle - Robinson Preserve

Cathy, Michael, Martha and Steve paddle nearly four hours in Robinson Preserve, Manatee County, Bradenton, Florida.

Robinson Preserve is a 620 preserve with 40 acres of peaceful mangrove-lined waterways and mangrove water tunnel passages for canoeing and kayaking.  Manatee County acquired the Preserve in 2005.  It offers well-maintained put-ins and take-outs with restrooms, picnic shelters, kayak and canoe wash stations with hoses, and a 40-foot observation tower with 360-degree views of the Preserve.  Martha and Michael had paddled this area before and were our navigators and tour guides.

Enjoy the  below 5-minute video of our kayaking in Robinson Preserve.

The Robinson Preserve fits perfectly with my Manatee Paddle theme as it borders the mouth of the Manatee River directly across from Emerson Point, which we had paddled a few weeks earlier.  Also, this Preserve opens to Tampa Bay and Anna Maria Island.

You will see mangroves trees throughout our paddle. Mangroves thrive in conditions most timber could never tolerate — salty, coastal waters, and the eternal ebb and flow of the tide. This environment defines the Robinson Preserve.

To see a Bedford Community Television (BCTV) twenty minute production of this same paddle, go to Manatee Paddle - Robinson Preserve

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