Buster Island Paddle Trail Concept[1] – May 17 2012 To Dedication Ceremony , November 14 2015 Lake Kissimmee State Park

From Start To Finish, Danny and I were there.

Initial Planning For The Paddle / Waterway Trail System May 17. 2011 Danny and I. Erik Our Biologist, And Bill Redmond and friend checking Out The New Boardwalk, Gangway and Kayak Launch. Where to launch? Primitive Camping Sites For It.
Initial Planning For The Paddle / Waterway Trail System May 17. 2011 Danny and I. Erik Our Biologist, And Bill Redmon Tom McLaulin
Checking Out The New Boardwalk, Gangway and Kayak Launch. Where to launch? Primitive Camping Sites
Looking At Zipprer Canal Out to Lake Rosilie
Looking At Zipprer Canal Out to Lake Rosilie
Decisions
Decisions   Danny And Bill.
Talking About Access To The Primitive Camp Sites
Talking About Access To The Primitive Camp Sites
Checking Out The Recently Built, Boardwalk, Gangway and Kayak Launch. Danny's huge project.
Checking Out The Recently Built, Boardwalk, Gangway and Kayak Launch.
Danny’s huge project.

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Looking At the New Kayak Launch
Looking At the New Kayak Launch

We hadn’t put the handicap seat in yet.

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Buster Island Paddle Trail Concept[1]

Lake Kissimmee State Park

 

Buster Island Loop Paddle Trail

Concept

To develop an approximately 12 mile paddle trail that circumnavigates the Buster Island feature of the Lake Kissimmee State Park in Polk County, FL.

The trail would begin near the Cow Camp Bridge and travel west through the Zipprer Canal to Lake Rosalie, from Lake Rosalie to Lake Tiger through Rosalie Creek, from Lake Tiger to Lake Kissimmee through Tiger Creek, and from Tiger Creek through Tiger Cove and the east end of the Zipprer Canal, ending in the Park’s marina.

Major Issues to be Overcome

  1. Maintaining a clear passageway through the weeds and grasses in the Zipprer Canal.
  2. Keeping Rosalie Creek navigable for canoes and kayaks.
  3. Creating a resting point approximately ½ way along the trail (Tiger Lake).
  4. Developing a suitable boat launch site on the west side of the weir structure.
  5. Appropriate signage.
  6. Getting the trail listed as an official Florida Blueway.
  7. The mixed boating traffic of motorized fishing boats, airboats, canoes and kayaks

Alliances to be formed

  1. Lake Kissimmee State Park as Trail Steward
  2. Polk County for aquatic weed control
  3. FWC for traffic issues
  4. DEP for any environmental and easement issues
  5. South Florida Water Management District for the water level in the canal
  6. Florida Paddling Trails Association for fundraising and volunteer leadership

Initial Personnel Involved in Leadership

  • Danny Holt, LKSP — Danny.Holt@dep.state.fl.us
  • Tom McLaulin, FPTA — tmclaulin@floridapaddlingtrails.com
  • Bill Redmon, FPTA — bill@wildcreekadventures.com

Buster Island Paddle Trail Concept[1]
Paddling Logo
Not a Concept anymore: We are in the MIDDLE OF THE STATE = Buster Island Loop

  • The Office of Greenways and Trails will celebrate the designation of the 11-mile Buster Island Loop Paddling Trail at Lake Kissimmee State Park on Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Buster Island Loop Trail is the 53rd designated paddling trail and the latest addition to Florida’s Greenways and Trails System. Enjoy a guided paddling trip and a picnic with entertainment by local musicians.

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/Community_Calendar/default.htm

Buster Island State Paddling Trail Celebration Event Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, November 14, 2015 – 10:00am to 2:00pm EST

Regular park entry fees apply.

More Information:
Andi Henry 863-696-1112 or Andrea.Henry@dep.state.fl.us
Located in the Central region at:
Lake Kissimmee State Park
14248 Camp Mack Rd.
Lake Wales , FL 33898

Celebrate the designation of the Buster Island Loop Trail at Lake Kissimmee State Park as an official State paddling trail.  Bring a picnic, canoe or kayak and your camera to capture the fun!  Expect a good turnout from other local paddlers and those who love the park. A short walk to the historic ‘Cow Camp’ will highlight cowboy history.  Paddlers may join an interesting nature tour on the Zipprer Canal with Park Ranger, Andi Henry. There are rentals available from the marina and the trip is suitable for beginners.  After a picnic lunch, the park’s biologist will share surprises about the wildlife and habitat of the area.   Experienced paddlers are welcome to do the whole 11-mile loop in the afternoon.  There will be a new map guide available and a story map online for a ‘virtual tour’ of the trail.

We encourage musicians to bring their instruments and join an acoustic jam as background music during a picnic lunch.

The tentative schedule is as follows.

  • 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. – Visit Cow Camp
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Guided paddling tour of Zipprer Canal with Park Ranger Andi Henry
  • 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. – Picnic at the observation tower and wildlife talk with Park Biologist

Cow Camp Lake Kissimmee State Park

1876 Cow Camp , Cowboys and Horse

Saturday, November 14, 2015 – 9:30am to 4:30pm EST

Free with regular park admission

More Information:
Park Service Specialist Andrea Henry 863-696-1112 or andrea.Henry@dep.state.fl.us
Located in the Central region at:
Lake Kissimmee State Park
14248 Camp Mack Rd.
Lake Wales , FL 33898

As you meander down the trail to the cow camp, you will travel back in time to 1876.

At the end of the trail you will find a Florida Cow Hunter in a frontier camp along the route of a cattle drive. He will be cooking, making coffee, tending to the cattle or just resting up until the next round up or drive. The cow hunter will be happy to share stories about what his life is like and the challenges he faces.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. aFrankAngle says:

    Looks like a wonderful and enjoyable day!

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