Learn how to paddle board and tour the spoil islands near the Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area. On Saturday, August 17, 2013, a paddle boarding lesson and spoil island tour will take place beginning at 8:30 a.m. and last for about an hour and a half.
Once participants are standing and paddling on their own, the tour will set off to explore the backwaters of the park. Tour participants will explore One Tree Beach and the Four Amigos Spoil Islands.
Paddle boarding originated among the surfing community, but has grown in popularity with the general public in recent years. It provides a good physical workout and is a fun activity for all ages.
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area is 145 acres of preserved environment along the barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. Dune walkovers provide easy access to the beach area and a ramp at the boat basin provides access to the intracoastal. A sidewalk runs the length of Flagler Beach along A1A offers opportunities for bicycling, jogging or walking within view of the beach. The Joe Kenner Nature Trail winds for 3/4 mile through the shaded maritime hammock.
The park offers canoe, kayak, paddle board and bicycle rentals. Camping is available and many of the 34 campsites have views of the Atlantic Ocean. Picnic areas are available throughout the park and pavilions may be rented for special occasions.
The cost of the paddle boarding tour is $35.00 per person with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Friends of Gamble Rogers State Park. The park entry fees are included with the cost of the program. If interested in participating in the program, call 386-864-9844 for reservations. For more information visit the park website.