Special Events
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

Upcoming Events

April 12th Moonlight Paddle
April 18th Backyard Movie - Who Framed Roger Rabbit
April 19th Free Concert - JD Lewis
April 20th Easter Egg Hunt
April 18-20 Camping Information

 

Saturday, April 12th - Moonlight Paddle!

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Easter Weekend - Free Movie, Free Concert, and Easter Egg Hunt!

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Friday, April 18th - Free Outdoor Movie!

The weekend fun starts with the family favorite, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, on our 12 foot outdoor movie screen! Who Framed Roger Rabbit is rated PG, and runs for 104 minutes. Bring your kids, bring your lawn chairs, and bring an appetite because we'll be serving freshly popped popcorn, candy, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and more during the show. We will also have beer, wine, soft drinks, and a campfire with free S'mores for the kids. The movie starts at 8:00!

Saturday, April 19th - Free Concert featuring J.D. Lewis Swamp Grass Tunes

Come and hear J.D.Lewis and his partner Zanthia as they sing mostly original songs about the old Florida lifestyle and even the Little Manatee River. J.D. is a long time local whose family has been around these parts for over 100 years. This is their first time playing at the Canoe Outpost. The concert starts at 6:00 and goes until 8:00 or so. Bring your lawn chairs and hang out and listen to some music under the stars. The Canoe Outpost will have $2 beers, wine and soft drinks for sale. Food offerings will include cheeseburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken quesadillas, some great chili and a few surprises. Service will be from 5:30 - 8:30. This is a free concert so please help support our efforts and come thirsty and hungry.

Sunday, April 20th - Easter Egg Hunt!

This is our first Easter Egg hunt at the Canoe Outpost. We will be hiding eggs throughout the campground and the woods and also some out on the river for Trip 1. If you are going paddling, there will be eggs to hunt for along the river trail from 9:00 until they are gone. On land, kids can begin to search at 1:00 PM. Our eggs will have prizes and surprises from candy, toys, coins and coupons for Canoe Outpost trips and stuff. So come on out with the kids for this fun event.

See you at the show!

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Camping & Lodging
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 the Thursday before the event , 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 subject to our normal 14 day cancellation policy. The event will go on rain or shine.
Call 813-634-2228 for reservations for any camping or lodging.
Primitive tent camping is $20 per tent. 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 in the parking lot - 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 so we do not get overloaded.
Electric and water sites vary in size and shape, with some suitable for RV's and others more suited for tents. Tent camping is $20 per night per site (1 tent per site) and RV camping is $24 per night per site. There is 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.
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.
Site 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B: RV or tent site. 37' long x 21' wide. 20 or 30 amp electric.
Site 3A, 3B: Tent site. 30' long x 23' wide. 20 or 30 amp electric.
Site 4A, 4B: Tent site. 30' long x 26' wide. 20 or 30 amp electric.
Site 5A: Tent site. 44' long x 17' wide. 20 amp electric only. *Shares/provides water & electric to site 5B.
Site 5B: Tent site. 34' long x 17' wide. 20 amp electric only. *Shares water & electric with site 5A.
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.

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.
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: This space is on the lawn by my garage. It overlooks 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.

Lodging:
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.
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.

EVENT GUIDLINES
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. We offer pet clean up bags at 2 locations.
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 encouraged as picnic table seating will be limited. Canopies 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.


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