This is an ambitious 7.5 to 8 mile paddle for intermediate to experienced kayakers. Pound Net Creek, and its unnamed twin to the south, both drain sizeable tidal lakes - meandering to the west into the Gulf. A third small creek on our route is shorter, and with its own lake, lies between the other two. If your time is short and you must do just a portion of the trail, choose the unnamed creek to the south. Compared to Pound Net Creek, it is narrower, winds about more, and is just plain more interesting.
The paddle trail takes you to areas of the Park where few kayakers are ambitious enough to go, and where most motorboats dare not venture. This means the wildlife is not accustomed to frequent human contact - making some of the animals more skittish, and others more curious. Bring your camera, a lunch, lots of water, and enjoy your day.
Most of this trip may be made at any tide level - although there are many more options with more water. In fact, if there is a strong high tide you can find shortcuts between the various lakes we will visit by using the airboat trails - in other words, less backtracking.
At least a mile of this trip is through open waters of the Gulf of Mexico, so wind can be a factor. Unless you are a competent sea kayaker, or enjoy getting wet, make sure the wind is less than 10 miles per hour for this adventure.
Hidden along Pound Net Creek is a series of 6 geocaches. See HERE for more information.
The launch point is at the west end of the Kayak Launch Trail starting from the main parking area. Another convenient launch point is Brasher Park at the west end of Koons Drive in Port Richey, FL. The trail map above does not show the entire journey from the launch site. It is about two miles from the launch point to the mouth of Pound Net Creek.