FL - Fort Lauderdale - Bill Keith Park to Dania Canal - 2011/02/25 - 8.0 miles



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From a neighborhood pocket park I paddled up New River then over to connect with the Dania canal, returning to the park after a four hour paddle among mega yachts and a surprise encounter with a manatee.







I had just arrived in Fort Lauderdale from the St. Johns river near Deland, FL. For my first paddle I decided to take it a little easy and break up a long circular paddle (24 miles) that for the ambitious can provide a complete look at the wonders of F. Lauderdale. It is possible to paddle up New River and paddle back down Dania canal. With an eye to good timing, it is possible to ride favorable tides in both directions, although the New River, with a strong fresh water flow downstream, never actually reverses the direction of current, the speed is quite variable over the tidal cycle. I started at the Bill Keith preserve, a small park that was just being created that very day. I carried my "yacht" down to the sandy shore across the river from three slightly larger vessels.



Once in the kayak I passed even more mega yatchts, not quite as big as those near the harbor, but impressive in their number. I paddled under the multiple road overpasses and the old rail road bridge of the still active line.



As I was passing yet another super yacht (shown at left) I was looking up along the topside when I felt the front of my kayak beginning to rise. A small island appeared underneath the first third of my bow. Then there was a great thump on the underside of the hull, my bow lifted a foot in the air and I had to brace strongly on the port side. Then a big broad tail appeared above the water two feet from my port bow. It came down with a huge splash that completely soaked my from hat to the top of my skirt bib. I had run up on the back of a large manatee that was lounging just under the surface of the water and I had startled it. The usually placid huge herbivore had been surprised by the touch of my quiet vessel and reacted violently in its determination to get away from me.



Further up the river I came across even more super yachts. Sitting in my little kayak I did'nt even reach up to the bottom of the anchor on these expensive play things.
I continued up New River and then cut over into a small tributary that eventually connected with the Dania canal. iIf I had continued down the straight man-made cut I eventually would have reached Port Everglades and the Atlantic, where the New River now empties into the sea. I turned around and retrace my path back to the little launch beach at Bill Keith preserve.

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