#1 - Pound Net Creek Kayak Series
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Welcome to Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park - Florida's newest state park - located along the west coast of Pasco County. Only a small section of the park is open for landside access, with an entrance off Scenic Drive. However, the park is open for exploration by kayak or canoe. With over four miles of frontage on the Gulf of Mexico, natural springs, and twelve navigable streams to explore, it is truly a kayaker's dream come true. For more information about the park, visit the official park service webpage at floridastateparks.org/wernerboyce.
Currently, there are no kayak launch points within the park. Once the main entrance to the park (on the west side of U.S. 19 just north of Ridge Road) is opened, a kayak launch facility is planned. But for now, the nearest launch point for access to the southern part of the Park is at Brasher Park at the end of Koons Road in Port Richey - shown as a yellow pushpin on the park map.
Note: the north extension of Old Post Road leads to the Pasco County Energy Marine Center (owned by Pasco County Schools) and the State Park headquarters, and is not a public road. There are no publicly accessible kayak/canoe launch sites in this area.
This Pound Net Creek kayak series takes you on an ambitious 6 mile round trip tour of one of the smaller tidal streams in the park. From the launch at Brasher Park it is almost two miles in mostly open gulf waters to get to the mouth of Pound Net Creek. There are 6 caches in the series - illustrated by red pushpins in the map below. All are match holders tethered in place. You will need about 1-1/2 feet of tide to access this series. Bring enough water, snacks and sunscreen to last 3 to 4 hours.
Note: All of the geocaches in this series may be accessed without leaving your boat. In fact, there are very few places in the wetlands area where land access is convenient. While kayak and canoe access to the park is welcomed, please respect the natural habitats and nesting areas by refraining from hiking and exploring on foot in the wetlands area.
Geocaches were placed with permission of Larry Steed, park manager.
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