Feb Ride-3a South

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Postby plumcrazy » Mon Jan 22, 2007 8:16 pm

i talked to frank him an others own crossroads camp on the miami canal told him about the feb ride at 3a and mentioned we could use some camping space for the ride he just said heck yea bring em on they got a great set up plus yall never met a better dude than frank ,and hes been runnin airboats down there forever an a day

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Postby airboat4fun » Mon Jan 22, 2007 10:48 pm

I don't think we will have a problem putting a run together, but we may want to avoid certain spots. I think it's a good thing we didn't wait until march. I will try to go out again this weekend and let yall know what's up

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Gas Stations in the area

Postby airboat4fun » Thu Jan 25, 2007 12:03 am

Here is a list, aprox. distance from the ramp, and directions to a few of the gas stations near Area 3a...

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Miccosukke Service Plaza-Mobil-(954) 217-9942
I-75 Alligator Alley mm 49
(aprox. 15 miles)
AV gas $ 3.69
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Indian Trace - Citgo - (954) 385-6521
20 Indian Trace, Weston
from the west
I-75 east to Glades Pkwy exit 22, continue east on sr-84 aprox 1 mile. Right on Indian Trace, Left into shopping center
from the east
I-75 west to exit 21, Left on Indian Trace, Left into shopping center
(aprox. 15 miles)

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Seminole Truck Stop - Citgo - (954) 434-0660
4690 hwy 27, Weston 33332
mm27 east side
I-75 to US-27 South about 5 miles (almost to Griffin Road)
(aprox. 17 miles)

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Sunoco -
US-27 and Sheridan Street
I-75 to US-27 South about 8 miles
(aprox. 20 miles)
AV gas $ 5.25
110 race gas $ 5.95

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Weston Exxon- (954) 217-6907
2620 Weston Road, Weston 33331
I-75 south to Royal Palm Blvd. get in the Left lane and go South on Weston Road to 1st light (Commerce Pkwy) go East for about 100 yds to "bypass" sign. make a left and follow the road back around to gas station
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AV gas $ 4.95

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I hope this info is helpful

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Postby MikeP » Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:52 pm

I cant wait to get a boat then I can ride with you guys.

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Postby CONTINENTAL CRACKER » Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:01 pm

if wewant to ride just on saturday will someone bring us back to the landing?
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Postby plumcrazy » Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:20 pm

heak yea 3a is not that bad ive been lost worst at the kissimee chain when i first rode there

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Postby bravo1218 » Sat Jan 27, 2007 11:10 pm

Just a quick plug for Matt (moodfood). He has a GREAT map of 3A for anyone not knowing the area. A good way to get around the area.
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Lets hear from the group

Postby airboat4fun » Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:03 am

Alright guys only 2 weeks to go, I went out yesterday and made the run. It covers 60 miles round trip. The route I want to take will bring us back a different way than we will come in, making a big loop around. I will post the GPS numbers for several stops along the way as soon as I get a chance.

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I haven't heard from anyone else who knows the area, so I guess everyone will follow me in a group stopping along the way to let the group catch up and making sure everyone is still with us. I need a little help planning from the ones that plan on leaving the same day. What time would you like to get back to the ramp? The sunsets at about 6PM. Do you think this is a good time to get back? For those lucky ones who are staying overnight, we will ride at night.

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Postby cowboy » Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:24 am

Randy,
I'll come and help ya.
I'm a slowpoke, so I'll help get any stragglers to the next stop.
I'll call ya later man.

Anyone who has not ridden 3a before.
BRING GAS!

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Postby cowboy » Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:11 pm

Hey Y'all,
I spoke with Randy today, and the water is looking good.
A little sticky getting out from the ramp-o-rama, but it's all good after that.

He's got a good loop planned that should be smooth sailing for all.
Should be "real skimboard" as someone said around here a while back.

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Postby jdotson » Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:34 pm

Looks like there might be a chance for a little more rain around friday/saturday. :notworthy: You gotta love Florida to go from freezing temps to low 80's in just two days.

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Postby airboat4fun » Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:56 pm

Here is a list of the stops planned along the way...
1. Andrews Ave.
2. Holiday Trail-Slough in front of Browns Camp
3. Holiday Trail-Slough near Hawk Camp
4. Corner of Posted Indian Land
5. Microwave Tower
6. Swimmin’ Hole
7. Everglades Hilton
8. Slough just West of Bergerons Camp
9. MM 35 Ramp-o-rama
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Lunch

Postby airboat4fun » Tue Jan 30, 2007 8:13 pm

Hey everybody, since we are going to be out all day (and then some) I think it is fair to say we should EAT. I have a BBQ grill I can throw on the boat and I don't mind cooking burgers and hot dogs. Maybe someone could bring side dishes.
Or do you think it should be BYO?

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Postby cowboy » Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:50 am

I got a little grill I can bring out also if folks want to flip a burger in the woods.
Like a Hot Dog at the Ball park, they just seem to taste better out there than anywhere else!

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Postby plumcrazy » Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:23 pm

yall makin me hungry i honestly cant wait for the r&r get out of central fl and all the worries got pe90 running good thanks to jc stanley skimboard water 1 seat boat light as the wind a few soft drinks an some good airboaters doing what 99.9% of the world cant do im gonna do it till they tell me its aganst the the law that when il be a outlaw

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Postby dblj006 » Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:44 pm

Right on plum!

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Postby airboat4fun » Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:27 pm

The Everglades are a BIG place, what we have left is over 670,000 acres in 3 counties, not including the Natl. Park. 3a South is the largest of the Conservation Areas. From Alligator Alley there are no roads or levees for over 25 miles south, and it is almost 25 miles wide. For those not familiar with the area, landmarks are not as easy to distinguish as some other places, this sawgrass and trees looks alot like that other sawgrass and trees. There are alot of Camps out there and they all belong to someone. We will not be stopping at any of these Camps without the owners permission. Some folks ain't exactly as social as others, if you know what I mean. Some of them have had things stolen or vandalized over the years, and some even have chains or cables blocking the entrance. Most of the Camps have very limited parking (3 or 4 boats). The ride that I have planned will cover about 60 miles. Remember to bring extra fuel.

This is a breakdown of each leg of the trip so those of you from out of town will have an idea what to expect.
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(1) MM35 ramp to Andrews Ave - aprox. 3 miles
Right now the water is low. the first couple hundred yards going into the trail is very narrow and winding with limited visibility. PLEASE GO SLOW and always be aware of oncoming boat traffic. As you come out of the willows the trail will open up and then fork, stay to the left and follow the trail South to Andrews Ave.

(2) Andrews Ave to Holiday Trail - aprox. 8 miles
As we continue South and East you will see a treeline on your left, this is the levee for the Miami Canal and the clump of tall trees is Picnic Island. We will stop at the slough in front of Browns Camp.

(3) Holiday Trail West near Hawk Camp – aprox. 13 miles
This is the longest leg so you may want to grab 2 from the cooler before we leave. About a mile west of Browns Camp the Survey Trail forks, stay to the right and continue due West. As we go along we will pass by several Camps along the way. We will stop at a slough just North of Hawk Camp near the main trail.

(4) Hawk to the corner of Indian Land – aprox. 3 miles
The trail goes around several tree islands and goes Southwest to the posted corner of Indian Land. Signs clearly marked – NO TRESPASSING – We will stop here so everyone can see where NOT to go.

(5) Corner to Microwave Tower – aprox. 4 miles
We will follow the posted trail West on the Southern side of the Indian Land until we get into the cypress then go Southeast to the Microwave Tower at the edge of the Deep Water Canal.

(6) Tower to the Swimmin’ Hole – less than 1 mile
Looking at the Tower take the Deep Water Canal to the right and a little ways down you’ll see the Big Rocks at the Swimmin’ Hole. The ground behind the Big Rocks has lots of exposed rocks. The water by the Big Rocks is shallow and has large rocks just below the surface, GO VERY SLOW

(7) Swimmin’ Hole to the Hilton – aprox. 5 miles
Take the Deep Water Canal back by the Tower and follow the trail around to the right and go South through some of the most AWESOME Cypress Trails. I am pretty sure an 8’ wide boat will fit, I will try to keep us on the wider trails and out of trouble This is the back way to the Everglades Hilton. We will go just past it and then come around.

LUNCH at the Swimmin’ Hole

( 8 ) Hilton to the Tower – aprox. 4 miles
We’ll take the main trail from the Everglades Hilton back to the Microwave tower.

(9) Tower to the Corner of Indian Land – aprox. 4 miles
There are many different trails that run through the cypress near the Tower, I will try to take a different one back until we get to the Indian Land and the posted trail. From there we go East to the corner.

(10) Corner to Hawk – aprox. 3 miles
We will cut off the main trail and ride the secondary trail back around Duck Camp and to the slough near Hawk Camp

(11) Hawk to Bergerons – aprox. 7 miles
Leaving Hawk we will go North and East through wide open sawgrass trails. As we get closer to Bergerons Camp it starts to dry up, and there are sticky black mud patches and exposed rocks in some places. So be careful. We will stop in the slough just west of the camp.

(12) Bergerons Back to the MM35 Ramp – aprox. 6 miles
We should avoid the main trail that leaves and goes due East to Camp 9 ½, the water is very low and has exposed rocks especially near the heads.
Leaving Bergerons we will go North around the willows and then head back East towards Hippie Head and then around the cypress head and back to the Ramp-o-rama.
On this last leg the water is very low and the trails get skinny, REMEMBER as we get closer to the ramp this is the same narrow, winding trail with limited visibility that we started out on. PLEASE GO SLOW and always be aware of oncoming boat traffic, especially near the ramp.

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Postby Rich Andrews » Wed Jan 31, 2007 11:13 pm

pretty work on the ride...I think you have clearly defined a good days ride. Should the water stay at a reasonable level, gas may not be a problem at all...lots of skinny water. At the very least EVERYONE should bring along a jug for themselves, or for the guy who didn't calcualute enough for the ride. As a semi local, and knowing a few of the local camp owners......if you approach the camps in a nice manner, and do not act like a out of towner jerk, the reception at the door is usually a positive one. Some of the glades camp owners would rather nobody come out, or ever visit thier camps. But a positive experience with a group of out of town riders is better than some of the other surrounding counties/people who have vandalized camps over the years. Bring an extra can of food, or something like an extra bag of paper plates, toilet paper etc.
Do this, and your always welcomed back!
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Postby goldhunter_2 » Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:48 am

Ok well I am still learning how to judge fuel on this boat (I have been judging by run time) and just so I am not the one short on gas about how many hours actual run time should we expect :?:
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Postby plumcrazy » Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:08 am

can you still buy a permit to access tribal land ?

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Postby Mike Thurman » Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:51 pm

I have a wedding to go to in Marco Island that weekend. That is also the same day as the fish fry/poker run at the Dade county club- Airboat Association off of Tamiami Trail. I guess I will be missing both..........
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Don't tell me where to go...

Postby airboat4fun » Sat Feb 03, 2007 11:36 pm

This should have just about everybody covered...

Directions for yall takin’ I-95 from up North…
I-95 South until you get to Jupiter. Then exit and go west ½ mile to the Turnpike (toll road) and keep on truckin South. You will go through Palm Beach County and past Glades Road (about 4 miles) you will exit onto the Sawgrass Expressway (toll road - 869). Go West and stay on the Sawgrass Expressway and the road will turn South. (When it does on the other side of the levee is the Everglades Area 2a) Continue South on the Sawgrass Expressway to the end and pay another toll. When you exit the toll plaza look for and follow the signs for I-75 North (to Naples). Continue on I-75 North (actually driving West) past us-27 to the Alligator Alley toll plaza (yes, another toll road). 10 miles West of the toll plaza is the MM 35 Rest Area. When you exit, follow the road (past the 1st boat ramp) around and under the bridge (past the 2nd boat ramp) and around to the stop sign. You will see the Rest Area on the right. Make the left (headed West) and go over the bridge and follow the road around to the 3rd boat ramp. On the Southwest side of the Ramp-o-Rama.

Directions for yall takin’ US-27 from up North…
27 South (past Okeechobee and Big Sugar) to I-75 North. Continue on I-75 North (actually driving West) to the Alligator Alley toll plaza (toll road). 10 miles West of the toll plaza is the MM 35 Rest Area. When you exit, follow the road (past the 1st boat ramp) around and under the bridge (past the 2nd boat ramp) and around to the stop sign. You will see the Rest Area on the right. Make the left (headed West) and go over the bridge and follow the road around to the 3rd boat ramp. On the Southwest side of the Ramp-o-Rama.

Directions for yall takin’ I-75 from the West coast…
I-75 South (past Naples) to Alligator Alley toll plaza. Continue on I-75 South (actually driving East) headed to Ft.Lauderdale. After you drive through the Big Cypress National Preserve. You will see the Indian Gas Station mm 49. Keep on driving East, about mm37 you will see the Rest Area. Take the 1st exit (before you get to the bridge) and go to the stop sign and turn right to the boat ramp on the Southwest side of the Ramp-o-Rama.


Plenty of parking for all.
and I’m tired of typing.
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Do you feel Lucky?

Postby airboat4fun » Sat Feb 03, 2007 11:56 pm

Feb 10 Saturday
Chance of showers. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the mid 60s.
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Daytime
Showers
High 73°F
Precip 40%
Wind: S 9 mph
Max. Humidity: 75%
UV Index: 4 Moderate
Sunrise: 7:01 AM ET
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Nighttime
Showers
Overnight Low 65°F
Precip 60%
Wind: WNW 6 mph
Max. Humidity: 78%
Sunset: 6:11 PM ET

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Postby jdotson » Sun Feb 04, 2007 2:06 am

Quick question here....if you take Hwy 27 to Hwy 80 W to CR833 down to Big Cypress Indian Res. on down to I-75....is there any toll booths between MM41 (on ramp) and MM35? I came home that way once and can't remember. Call me a cheap bastard but if I can save a few dollars for a few miles of the alley.... :D

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Postby grant » Sun Feb 04, 2007 4:01 am

No tolls that way.


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