Egmont Key from Mullet Key Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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."