Click here to visit our sponsor: Balogh Sail Designs.

Everglades Challenge
Sea Kayaks, Canoes & Small Boats

Start - Fort Desoto

The race will start in Fort Desoto Park (the link shows a nice bird's eye view of the starting beach) located on Mullet Key in Tampa Bay, Florida.  A large pavilion is reserved for all day Friday.  Boats may assemble on the adjacent beach.   All boats should be left on the beach above the high water mark Friday night. A guard will be posted.  

The pavilion is at East Beach on the eastern leg of Mullet Key facing south.  There is a very nice beach perfect for launching boats.  There is road access to the beach for sailboats.  See the Chief at the captains meeting for directions 

Friday afternoon there will be a captain and crew meeting which is mandatory.  Your boat may be inspected for final class determination.  If you can't make it to the normal equipment inspection on Friday, you should arrange another time.  to make special arrangements well in advance.

If you don't want to off load your boat right on the beach, there is a very nice boat ramp on Mullet Key.  After you pass through the toll booth ($0.35 per car + $0.10 per axle) and go over the bridge, the ramp is on your right.  Many cars are parked here for days at a time for extended fishing trips.  This is where you will leave your car and trailer if you don't get someone to drive it down to Key Largo.  The lot is patrolled.  Please note that none of us associated with the race accepts any responsibility for your vehicle or trailer or their contents.

After you launch, you can sail around Mullet Key to the pavilion.  The Lat/Lon of the pavilion and the beach adjacent to it will be provided in due course.

Camping on Mullet Key

There is a very nice campground on Mullet Key.  

  • Sites 1-85 are designed for tent, van, and pop-up campers.

  • Sites 86-233 are designed and equipped to accommodate all camping units

  • All sites have water, electrical hookup ( 30 amps), picnic table, and a charcoal grill

  • Dump stations, restrooms, showers, and laundry are available

  • Many sites are waterfront with room for your kayak or boat in your camp site.

Reservation is VERY limited.  Reserve your site as early as possible.  Google Fort Desoto park for reservation information.

Media Sponsors

Small Craft Advisor


 JSI Marine Superstore
 Tridarka Raider

Team Sponsors

 Platypus Boats: Tridarka Raider Plans
 JSI Marine Super Store
 Tridarka Raider
 Phil's Foils & Composites
 B & B Yacht Designs
 Great Falls Boat Works
 Riverside Kayak Connection, LLC
 Smyth Sails
 Pygmy Boats

Friends of the Tribe

Furled Sails
Balogh Sail Designs
Bill Jackson's
Sweetwater Kayaks
WeCeFar AR Club
Florida Greenways & Trails

© Copyright 2000-2009 WaterTribe, Inc. and
WaterTribe Adventures LLC All Rights Reserved.

WaterTribe, Inc.,
1327 Whitacre Drive,
Clearwater, FL 33764