Commodore Creek Kayak Trail

Location: J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel, Florida
Date: January 12, 2016
Distance: 2.5 miles round trip

Commodore Creek

The Commodore Creek Kayak Trail is a 2.5-mile water trail through J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida. The trail starts at Tarpon Bay Explorers, where you can rent kayaks, and traverses along the south side of Tarpon Bay before entering Commodore Creek.

It was slightly windy while kayaking on the bay, but the water was not rough, and once into the sheltered area of the creek, the wind ceased. There was also a decent current on Commodore Creek, which made for easy kayaking during the first part of the loop until we arrived at the open area at the west end of the trail. The return trip meant that we had to kayak against the current in order to return to Tarpon Bay, but overall the trip was fairly easy.

On Tarpon Bay

There were numerous herons, egrets, and other birds along the creek, including a couple osprey nests. The water was not very clear, but in shallower areas we could see some fish, but that was the limit of the wildlife along the trail. Aside from the standard path, you can kayak around some of the mangroves on the western end of the trail, as a well as through Tarpon Bay.

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