Turtle Beach

Sarasota, Florida

Turtle Beach

Turtle Beach Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is a relaxing cruise around the sheltered waterways inshore of the northern end of Casey Key and the southern end of Siesta Key, in the area still marked on many maps as Midnight Pass.

Sandbanks and mudflats, mangrove islands and shallows provide a rich feeding ground and a sheltered nesting and roosting haven for wading and diving birds. Although I describe a route through the area, I recommend you take time to explore all the little channels that branch off between the small islands. In
rough weather this area provides a welcome retreat, where you can paddle in shelter."

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Trail Information

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Skill Level
1 hour
Class I
The tidal range is small, but at low tide much of the area becomes too shallow to explore. Plan your trip to span high water, although a low-tide trip will reveal wading birds in action, with divers resting on the sandbanks. The divers favor a high tide, when the waders generally retreat into the mangroves.
Tidal Information
Certain islands are favored as nesting sites by pelicans, herons, and egrets. Please keep your distance to avoid disturbing the birds.
Waterproof Charts #21E: NOAA chart #11425
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