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• Registration for the 2013 Hidden Coast Paddling Festival is Now Open Here •

Welcome to the Hidden Coast Paddling Festival

NOW - Planning is well underway for October 4-5-6, 2013
in the Cedar Key area. The cost will be only $100 and include
some meals, a big Saturday night shindig with speakers
and access to 26 guided paddling trips in and around Cedar Key.

• • Registration is now open HERE • •

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For a very special Hidden Coast Paddling Festival treat the Cedar Key Light Station, normally only open to the public a few times a year, will be open Sunday, October 6th, from 1-2 pm with exclusive entry just for us and absolutely free, including transportation to and from the island. Experience the thrill of climbing the spital staircase of one of the earliest lighthouses in Florida, walking around the balcony for some great photos. The Light Station is on Seahorse Key on a mound 52' above sea level making it the highest point on the west coast of Florida, a great place to paddle around with a good deal of birding.

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Here's a couple of nice videos from the 2012 Festival

The Hidden Coast Paddling Festival was initiated because so many avid paddlers will claim that this area is some of the very best paddling in the world- yes - the world ! ! This includes the authors of the book, Sea Kayak Day Paddles on Florida's Hidden Coast, which is available absolutely free on this website HERE. For those of you not acquainted with the Hidden Coast of Florida it's also known as the Big Bend and is in the bend of Florida on the northern Gulf of Mexico side seen in the picture above. The flow of water in this area is very different from the rest of Florida and has, over eons, built up a shoreline unlike anything else there is. Explore the world-class paddling and wildlife viewing opportunities the Hidden Coast offers along Florida’s Big Bend’s waterways, trails, and slow-paced back roads.

Here's a nice video from a paddle through Locke Creek in the Town of Suwannee

Heres a list of area links that will help you enjoy your Hidden Coast experience to the max

Go to the Cedar Key Chamber website and click on Lodging for local accommodations and dining. To stay close to the event the Levy County Visitors Bureau website has more information in the Levy County area. You can also go to the Pure Water Wilderness website for accommodations and dining along with other services and activities in the Tri-County area. Be sure to mention you are coming to the Hidden Coast Paddle Festival as there may be discounts. Also check out the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for information on hunting, fishing, birding and wildlife in this area. Other websites to look over are Friends of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges and their great paddling maps site HERE.

If you want more information about paddling in the Hidden Coast area please fill out
the form below. This is not registration for the festival but may give you some priority
to register. Registration for the 2013 festival is HERE
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Registration is coming July 21st for the 2013 Hidden Coast Paddling Festival in Cedar Key