Tarpon Bay

Sanibel, Florida 33957

Tarpon Bay

Tarpon Bay Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This route makes a circuit of Tarpon Bay, a 2-mile-long bay on the north coast of Sanibel Island. Tarpon Bay is almost completely enclosed by mangroves. The mangroves and the wildlife that live in them are what make this area special.

The water is shallow, with a string of small sandbanks tufted with mangroves in the middle of the bay providing protection for birds to roost and nest, out of reach of raccoons and bobcats.There are mangrove tunnels and mazes in two parts of the bay. The first of these is a waymarked route called Commodore Creek, which traces a beautiful convoluted channel through a maze of red mangrove tunnels. Be alert for wildlife."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
6-10 miles
Skill Level
3 hours to half a day
Class I
There is little tidal range, perhaps 3 feet, and insignificant current, but the bay is shallow, so paddling is easier around high tide
Tidal Information
The access road to the launch site is gated and will be closed at the posted times. Plan to be off the water by midafternoon. This may also help you avoid thunderstorms. Take a compass as a precaution if you intend to explore the mangrove maze that has no waymarks.
Waterproof Charts #25E and NOAA Chart #11427.
Local Maps

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Dec 2018