Join us for the annual Poker Ride-Hike-Paddle Event presented by the Friends of the Little Manatee River State Park. Your support of this event will go directly to help us support projects in our park
On this version of a poker run, you will search the park trails for buckets that contain playing cards sealed in envelopes. You may hike the lands trails on foot, ride the trails on horseback or take to the river trail in a canoe or kayak. Return to event central and turn in your sealed card envelopes. You may choose to try to improve your hand by buying extra cards for a donation. Turn in the best 5 card poker hand you can from your cards. Turn in the best hand and win a $100 first prize.
There will be corn hole games and a 50/50 drawing. Lunch will be served, check out the menu below!
The entry fee is $25 per participant with advance purchase, $30 on the day of the event. Prices include one lunch. Extra lunches are available for $8 each. You must have one paid event admission for each participant. Please visit this website to purchase your tickets. This event goes on rain or shine. Just like when you purchase a concert ticket, there are no refunds unless the event is cancelled for any reason.
COVID 19 NOTICE
The COVID pandemic has required us to adjust our procedures and policies over the last many months in response to official recommendations and mandates to try to provide an as safe as possible environment for our events. We are currently not under any mask or capacity restrictions and are operating under pre-pandemic procedures. However, we must reserve the right to adjust these policies and procedures at any time in response to the current COVID situation. We ask for your cooperation with whatever procedures may be in place at the time of this trip. Our goal is to be able to provide a fun experience while reducing COVID risk. However, it is ultimately your decision to accept the risk associated with this experience and to decide if it fits your personal standard of safety. Please call if you wish to discuss more details. Thanks for your understanding.
8:00 Parking lot opens for horses & hikers. Registration and check in. 50/50 drawing ticket sales open. Corn hole games open all day. Canoe Outpost opens for paddler registration and launching.
9:00 – 11:00 Riders and hikers begin trail search.
11:30 – 2:00 Lunch is served
1:30 All riders, hikers and paddlers must turn cards at registration in order to be eligible for prizes.
2:00 First prize awarded.
Water, ice tea (sweet or un-sweet)
River Paddler Information
Participating in this event on the river by canoe or kayak is slightly different than participating on land. The river trail starts at the Canoe Outpost-Little Manatee River at 18001 US Hwy 301 S. Wimauma, Fl. This is 1.5 miles north of the park entrance and the main event field.
Paddlers will come to the outpost starting at 8:00 am to register and launch. To allow time to paddle the trail and for the event, you must launch before 10:30 am. Event participation requires at least one paid participant per boat. Boats with multiple passengers may choose to have multiple paid event tickets to increase the chances of winning prizes and to get the included lunch. Extra lunches are available separately for $8 each. We recommend that you pre-purchase your event tickets at www.friendsofthe little manatee.org to save $5 per ticket. You should present your pre- paid ticket or be on the pre-paid will call list when you check in at the outpost. If you choose to purchase day of tickets at the outpost at the day of event price, you may use cash or credit card.
The paddling trail is along our normal Trip 1 and goes downstream with the current for about six miles or 2.5 hours of paddle time. You will hunt for buckets hanging from trees that contain playing cards in sealed envelopes. You take one envelope from each bucket. At the end, outpost buses will meet you at 11:30, 12:15 and 1:00 and transport you to the event field or back to the outpost. You must check in at the event table by 1:30 to turn in your sealed cards and be eligible for prizes and to purchase 50/50 tickets. If you prefer, you may take the bus back to the outpost and then drive yourself to the event field. Be sure to allow extra time.
The Canoe Outpost is providing shuttle service for boat owners for $13 per boat. They are also offering $10 discounts off of canoe or kayak rental rates. There must be at least one paid event participant per boat to receive these discounted rates.
On event day, please call the outpost at 813-634-2228 to check that river levels and conditions are suitable for your experience level. River levels above 6’ may be too challenging for some experience levels and at river levels above 8’, we close the river to all participants. Refunds will be available if these conditions exist or you may choose to participate by other means such as hiking.
Event Essential Eligibility Criteria
This event is open to all. We encourage you to review the essential eligibility criteria available below.