Egmont Key from Mullet Key

Tierra Verde, Florida 33715

Egmont Key from Mullet Key

Egmont Key from Mullet Key Professional Review and Guide

"This short but interesting trip starts on Mullet Key (south of St. Petersburg) and crosses Egmont Channel to Egmont Key. The channel not only features a tidal stream but is also a shipping route for traffic traveling in and out of Tampa Bay.
Egmont Key is a National Wildlife Refuge with several points of interest, including the Egmont Lighthouse, the remains of the Spanish-American War–era Fort Dade built on the western shore in 1898, and gopher tortoises.

If you paddle a circuit of the island during the strength of the tidal stream, you’ll probably experience steep breaking seas in the tide race off the northern point, particularly if the wind is against the stream. A similar tide race forms off the southern point. The north end of Mullet Key has changed shape considerably over the years with erosion and deposition and will continue to change with each storm. Likewise the details of the launch site, so check the beach to make sure you can still launch there before you decide to unload and carry your kayak."

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Trail Information

Tierra Verde
Nearby City
7-11 miles
Distance
Difficult
Skill Level
Half to all day
Duration
The ebb runs swiftly from Tampa Bay through Egmont Channel in a westerly direction. A south-going eddy forms along the west side of the southern tip of Mullet Key during the ebb. The flood tide runs southeasterly and easterly into Tampa Bay. Tide races form off the northern and southern tips of Egmont Key.
Tidal Information
Be vigilant in the channel between Mullet Key and Egmont Key: Large ships move through the channel at open-water speed. Some ships create large, steep, and breaking waves at these speeds. Cross the shipping channel at right angles, and do it quickly. The ebb tide runs north along the Egmont shore in the vicinity of the landing place (near the lighthouse landmark). Aim to the south of your target, then drift north along the shore with the tide to your landing to avoid being swept around the point into the tide race.
Hazards/Cautions
Waterproof Charts #22; NOAA chart #11417
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Aug 2018