“Weedless in Miami” – as in using a weedless rudder was key on this trip!
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Bill Baggs to Boca Chita Key:
An alternate route across the “Safety Valve” on Biscayne Bay.
The “Safety Valve” is about 10 miles of shallow tidal flats with dozens of small channels running across it, east – west with the tide flow. A LOT of water moves through here with the tide flow, exchanging waters from Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Paddling over the Safety Valve presents many advantages over the “cross the bay” southern route in my opinion. Firstly, once over the shallows, you won’t encounter many power boaters and certainly no speeding super yachts! Most you’ll see smaller flats type boats because this is prime area for fishing! Second, if you have time, there are plenty of places to snorkel or swim. Also, it just feels really neat to be out there surrounded by the flats, shoals and small channels. It’s still open water paddling, but it feels more cozy and personal.
This is a kind of semi urban paddling, where you can get away from the city and yet always see the Miami area skyline on the horizon.
Once out there on the undeveloped barrier islands of
Biscayne National Park, you are on island time!
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