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.
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.