Looking for something to do in North Naples? If you’re a member of Pelican Bay and you like the idea of spending the day paddling through the Pelican Bay estuary in a canoe or kayak, you’re in luck. The Pelican Bay Foundation provides members with access to canoe and kayak rentals at the North Boardwalk at Inner Clam Bay. All you have to do is fill out a waiver, head to Tram Station #6, and they’ll do the rest.
There are two sessions during which you are permitted to rent canoes and kayaks. The first session, the morning session, takes place from 6:30 AM to 12:00 PM. The afternoon session takes place from 12:30 PM until 1 hour before sunset. Upon renting your canoe or kayak and heading out into the estuary, you will be outfitted with life-jackets and given a key to unlock the gate, a map of Clam Bay, and your paddles.
When preparing for your journey through the mangroves, it is recommended that you and everyone in your group be in comfortable clothing, wear bugspray and sunscreen, and keep your cell phone in a watertight case or Ziploc in case of emergency. Keep in mind that anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult, and anyone under the age of 12 must be accompanied by two adults.
There are a few rules to keep in mind when you’re out enjoying the Pelican Bay estuary: while kayaks are permitted in the Gulf of Mexico, canoes are not, and the person renting the watercraft must sign a watercraft waiver and abide by the Policies and Procedures set forth by the Pelican Bay Foundation. Additionally, you will have to sign a “hold-harmless” release for the key, paddles, and life-jacket.
Spend a day in the water at the Pelican Bay Estuary!