Into Little Basin…AGAIN!

Little Basin is quickly becoming one of our favorite spots to explore. If for no other reason, we don’t have much of a choice. It’s a little tough to paddle in different spots when you don’t have a car. I haven’t had a chance to repair the rudder on the Turtle yet, so we really can move the boat right now either.

It’s not all bad, though. Just drop the board over the rail, grab the paddle, and we’re out on the water in just a matter of minutes. And it really is a pretty cool place to explore.

A Little About Little Basin

Don’t let the name fool you. This may be a relatively small area, but it can be a very challenging paddle when the wind picks up.

The mangroves around Little Basin are full of tons of small cuts as well as a few tunnels on the southwest end. The shallow water, and no motor zones to the north mean we rarely have to deal with boat traffic, except for in the middle of the basin.

Library Cut, on the east side has amazingly clear water and is full of life. We often see nurse sharks swimming through there, and occasionally manatees.

Into Little Basin

Places To Launch

If you’re not sitting on a boat like us, there are a few places you can launch. Right at the end of Blackwood Drive is access to the water, although you will need to find a place to park your car. You can also splash a Library Beach, a small public park right behind the library.

Places To Take a Break / Eat / Grab A Drink

Feel like taking a break and maybe grabbing lunch or a drink? The Islamorada Fish Company and Morada Bay are inside Little Basin and both have docks. And just outside of Little Basin is Lorelei, where we usually paddle into.

Well…I think I’m going to cut this one short. We need to get out on the board…even if it is just to go to Lorelei for happy hour.

12 Responses to Into Little Basin…AGAIN!

  1. Great post

    As I’m reading your article Im watching paddleboarders across the road in the Marahau estuary in Able Tasman National Park NZ.

    A brilliant and increasingly popular sport here. I was ultra impressed spotting a fisherman actually fishing from his paddleboard…that was new to me and how he remained standing with a rod and his paddle is a mystery.

    Love your website


    • Thanks Jason!

      It’s actually the fastest growing sport in the world right now. Able Tasman National Park looks like an amazing place to paddle. Fishing from a SUP has been around for a few years now. There’s a few companies that have models specifically for the purpose. I guess it’s more common down here since south Florida is all about fishing.


  2. Great website! I thoroughly enjoyed reading as I could tell from reading that you enjoy every moment you are out there.

    I think it would be amazing to actually spot sharks as long as not a great white!

    I love how you have blended your hobbie/joys into your advertising and hope I can create as good of a website as you eventually.

    Your hard work is really paying off!

    • Thanks Heidi!

      I’m enjoying it…but not as much as Sparky is. I love sharks. The only thing cooler than seeing them when paddling is seeing them when you’re diving. I’ve never been a big writer, so if I was to write about anything besides my hobbies it would be like real work…and defeat the entire purpose.

  3. Capt. Chris, you may have seen my post that I’ll be workamping in Key Largo mid-Feb to mid-April, see you then! I look forward to exploring lots of these gunkholes!

    • Awesome! Do you have a roof rack? I may have to hitch a ride with you. I know tons of cool places from Key Largo to Marathon, that I don’t get to explore enough.

      • Sorry, I don’t have a roof rack and in fact for that reason my kayak was left at the Springs over the winter. Not sure what I’m going to do for a kayak when I’m in the Keys. Thinking about an inflatable. My kayak is old and decrepit and not worth buying a rack for. Not that I can afford a rack anyway, lol.

        • Someone really needs to make a kayak/SUP trailer for a bike. And then I really need to get one of those little gas motors for my bike. Either that or maybe I just need to get my damn boat fixed, so I can explore some of those other spots during the slow season.

          • I don’t even know why I asked you that? Pool noodles and ratchet straps! The best and cheapest roof rack you can get. When I bought my board I drove it all the way down from Orlando that way…on a convertible. Either that or it will just have to be around Lorelei and Little Basin…AGAIN!

  4. Wow! What a great part of Florida! Little Basin looks so beautiful, with the mangroves and the open water there to explore. I don’t know Florida that well, but I have seen it on TV many times – is Little Basin an area where you have to watch out for alligators?

    • No Molly, we don’t have alligators down here. It’s all slat water, and we’re too far from the mainland. There are a few crocodiles, but even they’re not to common, outside of a few areas with concentrated populations.

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