From time to time, the Canoe Outpost will hold or participate in or support a special event involving paddling. When we do, we will make the information available to you through this page. So check back to see what’s going on in paddling and if you have an event you would like to see posted, or if you are a member of a band and would like to play at one of our events, please contact us through email or call (813) 634-2228.
Past Events - 2010, 2011, and 2012 Little Manatee River Jams
Friday November 21 and Saturday November 22 -
The 5th Annual Little Manatee River Jam!
It's time for the 5th annual Little Manatee River Jam, brought to you by WMNF community radio and the Canoe Outpost to benefit WMNF. Thanks to all of you that came out for last year’s great music and camping event. We hope you come again this year and bring along some new friends.
This year, in addition to the big show on Saturday, the Friday night air will be filled with the music of four bands from 6:30 - 10:30 as the Little Manatee River Jam becomes a 2 day event. Your $20 advance ticket covers both days. That's a real bargain so if you can spare a few bucks for a donation at the door for Friday, that would help WMNF cover the costs of the extra show and help ensure the success of this great little festival. If you can only make it down for Friday night's show, the admission is $10 at the door.
The Canoe Outpost will have beer, wine and soft drinks for sale on Friday and Saturday during the shows. We will be serving great food including burgers, quesadillas, Philly cheese steaks, gyros, French fries and some vegan and vegetarian options too. For the first time, this year we will be doing a big group breakfast for all our campers on Sunday including all you can eat pancakes for just $5. So please help support the concert and come thirsty and hungry.
This weekend offers more too. All weekend long, the Canoe Outpost is offering a great deal on canoeing and kayaking. You get $5 off any canoe or kayak rental when you show your concert ticket AND we will donate $5 to WMNF. The Little Manatee River is a beautiful paddle and a great way to spend some time in nature. For hikers, there is a great 6 mile nature trail, which is part of the Florida Trails system, just across the river. So come on out for the day or the weekend. It’s fun for the whole family.
My wife Andi & I want to thank all the folks who have come out to support this event for the last four years. To all the volunteers that make the event work and the staffs at WMNF and our own Canoe Outpost, a giant thank you for all your work.
See you at the show!
Friday Band Line Up (subject to change - times are estimates)
6:30 -7:20 Ed Carter
7:30 - 8:20 J.D. and Zelda Lewis
8:30 - 9:20 Under the Willow
9:30-10:30 Ober Rivers and his D.U.I's
Saturday Band Line Up (subject to change - times are estimates)
2:00 - 2:55 Under the Willow
3:15 - 4:15 Have Gun, Will Travel
4:35- 5:30 Ari and the Alibis
5:50 - 6:45 Talk To Mark Orchestra
7:05 - 8:00 Good Graeff
8:20 - 9:35 Damon Fowler Band
9:55- 10:55 Shane Meade and the Sound
Camping at the Canoe Outpost is a great way to enjoy the event and the river. Rent a canoe or kayak and go paddling, tube, swim, fish or just hang out and relax, maybe play a little music. We have a public bath house, water and electric at all reserved sites and an RV dump station for use after the event. We sell firewood and ice, snacks and drinks, all at good prices too. For you larger needs, chain stores and restaurants are just 3 miles away. So come for the event or stay the weekend, you're sure to have a good time.
Reservations are strongly recommended as we are a small facility and we expect to fill up fast. If any sites of any type remain after Thursday 11/20, they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. So look over the event map, the site descriptions and lodging options and call the outpost for a reservation today. All camping and lodging must be prepaid at time of reservation and is non-refundable just like the concert tickets are. The event will go on rain or shine. Even free primitive tent campers for Saturday night should call to be put on the list so we don't get over crowded.
Call 813-634-2228 for reservations for any camping or lodging.
Free primitive tent camping for Saturday night only is on a first come, first served basis. You must call ahead before the event day to check if there is any room left for campers. Please do not just show up with out calling or you may not get a spot. Camp in designated areas only - check in starts Saturday at 8:00 AM – you may drive in to drop off gear near your camp area but you will have to park on Hwy 301 with the other concert goers - no picnic tables - SMALL ground fires are allowed unless you are camping on a lawn area - public restrooms for showers/bath/water. Be sure to call ahead to be put on the primitive camping list for Saturday only. We recommend you arrive as early as possible as we get congested as the day goes on.
Primitive tent camping for Friday is $20 per tent. You may reserve a spot for Friday night, arrive to set up anytime Friday, and keep the same spot for Saturday free. This assures that you get a spot, the same spot, for Saturday too. Spots are allocated on a first come first serve basis – no specific spots are reserved so as to allocate space more efficiently. You may drive in to drop off gear near your camp area but you will have to park on Hwy 301 with the other concert goers - no picnic tables - SMALL ground fires are allowed unless you are camping on a lawn area - public restrooms for showers/bath/water. Be sure to call for reservations.
Electric and water sites vary in size and contour with some suitable for RV's and others more suited for tents. All are $24 per night with a 2 night minimum (Fri & Sat or Sat &Sun). Please see the site descriptions below and then call to check availability and for a reservation. Arrive anytime Friday or early Saturday to avoid the congestion that will increase as the event time nears. This is especially true if you are in a RV to allow for maneuvering room.
All the reservable sites below will have a picnic table, a fire ring with flip over grill grate ( or if no fire ring is on site, small ground fires will be permitted ), 20 or 30 amp electric, access to our restrooms and showers, dedicated water for RV's or water on site, and parking for 1 vehicle either on site or close by on property. Additional vehicles will park on Hwy 301.
Site 1, 10, 2, 20: RV or tent site. 37' long x 21' wide. 20 or 30 amp electric.
Site 3, 30: Tent site. 30' long x 23' wide. 20 or 30 amp electric.
Site 4, 40: Tent site. 30' long x 26' wide. 20 or 30 amp electric.
Site 5: Tent site. 44' long x 17' wide. 20 amp electric only.
Site 50: Tent site. 34' long x 17' wide. 20 amp electric only.
Site 6: RV or tent. 45'long x 21' wide. 20 or 30 amp electric.
Site 7: RV or tent. 45'long x 21' wide. 20 or 30 amp electric.
Site 8: Tent site. 30' long x 25' wide. 20 amp electric.
Site 9: Small RV or tent. 21' long x 18' wide. 20 amp electric.
Site 11: Small RV or tent. 22' long x 20' wide. 20 or 30 amp electric.
Site 12: Small RV or tent. 19' long x 18' wide. 20 amp electric.
In addition to these regular sites, we have created some unusual and reservable sites to try to accommodate extra people. If you have attended the event before, you know we will try to get folks in as best we can since we hate to turn people away. If we could put tents in trees, we would. Call if you have specific questions about these unorthodox sites. The features of these sites are listed below individually. These sites are $24 per night with a 2 night minimum.
Carport sites: Located in a 25’ long x 36’ wide carport with a high metal roof. It is sectioned into 3 stall with posts between each stall. It has a 12’ height clearance in the middle of each stall but entry to the stall is restricted to about 9’ high by a cross beam at the entrance. Due to this, most hard sided trailers and RV’s will not fit but pop up campers and tents will do fine. It has a cypress mulch ground cover. There are 2 20amp electrical circuits that may be shared between the 3 stalls. Parking for 1 vehicle is allowed on the property but not right at the site.
Carport #1: 25’ long x 12’ wide, shared 20 amp electric, no direct water hook-up, picnic table, small ground fires allowed in area to the left side of the space, parking for 1 vehicle on property but not at site
Carport #2: 25’ long x 11’ wide, shared 20 amp electric, no direct water hook-up, picnic table, small ground fires allowed in area in front of the stall, parking for 1 vehicle on property but not at site
Carport #3: 25’ long x 10.5’ wide, shared 20 amp electric, no direct water hook-up, picnic table, small ground fires allowed in area to the right of the stall, parking for 1 vehicle on property but not at site
RV Overflow #1: This space was created for folks who had friends staying in one of our rental RV’s but had a small trailer or pop-up that wanted to join the gang. You park at the end of the rental RV’s to form a u shape around the courtyard between the rental RV’s. 20 amp electric and water is available. Usually this site shares picnic tables and campfire with their friends staying in the rental RV’s. We only rent this site if OK’d by the folks renting our Rv’s.
RV Overflow #2: This space is in our main parking lot in the middle of the canoe rental operation. It is intended for folks who have an RV or trailer and just need a parking spot and 30 amp electric hook ups. No water or table is provided. No ground fires allowed.
RV Overflow #3 & #4: These spaces are on the lawn by my garage. They overlook the river and has some tree shade. You can pull 20 amp electric from my garage via your RV cord but you may need a 12 gauge extension cord. There is a fire pit which you will share with tent campers close by. No water or table. Moving into or out of this site (depending on how you position your RV front) will require you to have good backing skills. Checking in or out should be done early as access will be difficult to impossible at congested times.
Dry Camp Parking: If you just need a place to park you VW van and are sleeping in it, you can park here for tent rates of $20 for Friday and free on Saturday. Space is very limited. No electric, water, table or fires. No generator usage.
Deluxe 1 BR cabin rental: Sleeps up to 6. Central A/C, cable TV, stereo, full kitchen & bath, gas grill. On stilts overlooking the river. Fully furnished including linens. $180.00 plus taxes for 2 nights, double occupancy.$5 per extra adult per night. Specials which include paddle trips are available.
Deluxe 2 BR cabin rental: Sleeps up to 10. A/C units, TV, stereo, full kitchen & 2 bath rooms, gas grill. Screened porch overlooking the woods and wetlands. Fully furnished including linens. $258.00 plus taxes for 2 nights, quad occupancy.$5 per extra adult per night. Specials which include paddle trips are available.
Deluxe studio cabin rental: Sleeps up to 4. A/C unit, TV, stereo, Full size fridge but no stove, gas grill, private bath. Ground level in the woods. Fully furnished including linens. $180.00 plus taxes for 2 nights, double occupancy.$5 per extra adult per night. Specials which include paddle trips are available.
RV Rental #1: 32' A class motor home. Sleeps up to 4. $90 plus taxes for 2 nights, double occupancy. Extra persons are $5 per night per extra person. Includes use of an outdoor gas grill, fire ring, and picnic table. Each unit has A/C, TV, stereo and is fully furnished. RV’s are not hooked directly to our sewer system and have limited holding capacity. We ask that whenever possible, you use our bath house facilities.
RV Rental #2: 28' travel trailer. Sleeps up to 6. $90 plus taxes for 2 nights, double occupancy. Extra persons are $5 per night per extra person. Includes use of an outdoor gas grill, fire ring, and picnic table. Each unit has A/C, TV, stereo and is fully furnished. RV’s are not hooked directly to our sewer system and have limited holding capacity. We ask that whenever possible, you use our bath house facilities.
Please visit the camping & lodging page for complete descriptions of our lodging.
Everyone, including anyone camping on the property, must have a wristband for paid admission.
Responsible pet owners are welcome to bring their friendly pets on a leash to the event and to their camping sites. Please be sure to clean up after your pet.
To support the event, no personal coolers or outside food or drink will be allowed in the concert area during the show.
Lawn chairs are allowed. We have limited bench and picnic table seating. Canopies and large blankets are not allowed as we are trying to make room for everyone.
We want everyone to relax and have a great time. To help ensure that for everyone, we reserve the right to evict anyone (including pets and their owners) who is a threat to the safety and enjoyment of the event and others without a refund of any fees paid.