Can I kayak around Shell Island? Kayaking in the shallow waters around the Shell Island Jetty is very safe and easy. It is also fun to explore the island’s shallow inland shoreline on St. Andrew Bay.
How long does it take to kayak to Shell Island?
It is a 35-45 minute kayak paddle depending on the tides and weather, but pay close attention to incoming boats because this area is prone to high traffic due to the main channel.
How far is Shell Island from kayak?
Pinellas Bayway Kayak & SUP Launch
The distance to the South Public Use Area of the island from this launch is about 1.5 miles – so you can get to the island in under 30 minutes.
How do I get to Shell Island kayak?
The safest way to paddle at Shell Island is to take the Shell Island Shuttle from the state park to the island and then rent a kayak, canoe, or standup paddleboard to use once you arrive. It is possible to paddle across from the state park but this requires crossing a busy boat channel.
Can you kayak from Fort Desoto to Shell Island?
Location. As part of the Shell Key Preserve, Shell Island (or Key) can only be reached by boat. Located in Pinellas County, between Fort Desoto Park and Pass-A-Grille Beach, you can load your kayak or boat off State Road 679 by taking the Pinellas Byway South through Terra Verde.
Can you rent kayaks on Shell Island?
You can paddle along the shorelines of St. Andrews State Park and explore the Lower Grand Lagoon and the beaches of Sandy Point. Or plan a day on Shell Island with a kayak rental package that includes your Shell Island Shuttle tickets and a kayak that is ready for you when the Shuttle arrives on the island.
Can you walk to Shell Key?
Where: Shell Key is an uninhabited barrier island that is located between Fort Desoto Park and Pass-A-Grille. The only way to get to Shell Key is by boat.
Can you kayak from St Andrews State Park to Shell Island?
Andrews State Park and Shell Island, you can add fun and adventure to your day with some kayaking. The waters around the State Park are great for both beginning and experienced kayakers. You can paddle along the shorelines of St. Andrews State Park and explore the Lower Grand Lagoon and the beaches of Sandy Point.
Can you camp on Shell Island?
There is no camping on Shell Island. The state park has camping facilities.
Can you camp Shell Island Crystal River?
No camping is allowed in the refuge. The public ramp along the river is another 3.5 miles upriver.
How much does it cost to go to Shell Island?
Adults fares are $16.95, children 12 and under are cost $8.95 (infants ride free). Though you should plan on bringing what you need with you, if you visit between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the shuttle offers beach accessories and snacks for sale when you buy your tickets.
How long is the boat ride to Shell Island?
The ride to the island is about twenty minutes and offers great chances to spot dolphins, sea turtles, and even manatees! We also often spot sea birds on the ride to and from Shell Key aboard the green ferry boat.
Are there restrooms on Shell Island?
Shell Island is a nature preserve with no restrooms or any other visitor facilities such as trash receptacles, picnic tables, or shade pavilions. There is no trash removal service. Island visitors are asked to be responsible and take everything they bring to the Island with them when they leave.
Where can I launch my kayak at Fort DeSoto?
Ft Desoto Park
- Fort DeSoto County Park.
- Kayak Outpost.
- Launch point.
- Paddling Trail (marked)
- Boat Ramp.
- East Beach.
- North Beach.
- Fort DeSoto.
Can you paddle to Shell Key?
Kayaking Route to Shell Key is a 5.2 mile out and back trail located near Anna Maria, Florida that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels. This is a paddle route meant for kayaking, canoeing, or other forms of paddling- it is not a hiking route.
How can I get to Shell Key Preserve?
Access to Shell Key is limited to water vessels, including private boats or public shuttles such as the Shell Key Shuttle. Remember this is an undeveloped barrier island and there are no facilities on it.