The first kayak fishing boondoggle was held on February 18th 2011 in Jacksonville Florida. The popular four-day weekend kayak fishing event is a joint venture of YakAngler.com and KayakFishingRadio.com offering kayak anglers a chance to meet new people, paddle new locations, and hang out and fish with kayak fishermen from around the country.
There are currently two primary boondoggles, one on Presidents Day weekend and the second on Columbus Day weekend. The events are held on federal holiday three day weekends allowing many participants to not have to take leave from work.
The event locations are ultimately decided by KayakFishingRadio.com and YakAngler.com but if you would like to suggest a location feel free to contact us with your idea and we’ll take it into consideration.
Crooked River State Park, St. Marys Georgia
February 14-17 2014
6222 Charlie Smith Sr. Highway St. Marys , GA 31558 (912) 882-5256
Located on southern tip of Georgia’s Colonial Coast, this park is the perfect spot for enjoying the intracoastal waterway and maritime forest. Campsites are surrounded by palmettos and Spanish moss-draped oaks, while cottages are set near the tidal river. A boat ramp is popular with anglers who often take to the water before sunrise. Just down the road is the ferry to famous Cumberland Island National Seashore known for secluded beaches and wild horses.
The park’s nature trail winds through forest and salt marsh, and hikers may see gopher tortoises, fiddler crabs, herons and other birds. A nature center features fish, snakes, turtles and other animals native to coastal Georgia. Visitors may venture to the nearby ruins of a tabby mill, built around 1825 and later used as a starch factory during the Civil War.
Space is limited! There are a limited number of campsites available, so register early!
Directions: Crooked River State Park is located 7 miles north of St. Marys on Ga. Spur 40 or 8 miles east of I-95 exit 3.
Campsites with electricity: Surrounded by beautiful pine flats, this campground has 62 sites equipped with electricity, water, a picnic table, electricity and fire ring.
Campsites without electricity: The tent camping area accommodates up to 60 people. Amenities include a group fire ring, water spigots and a restroom with hot showers.
Emergency Info: In an emergency, always call 911. For your convenience, we have provided additional emergency information.
Baptist Medical Center 1250 S 18th St, Fernandina Beach, FL (904) 321-3500
Camden Urgent Care & Wellness Center 1375 E King Ave Kingsland, GA (912) 576-9332
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PARK ACCOMMODATIONS & FACILITIES:
62 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites ($25-$28)
Pioneer Campground ($35)
Boat Ramp and Dock
ATTRACTIONS: Cumberland Island National Seashore (accessible by a 45-minute ferry ride) St Marys is the gateway to Cumberland Island, Georgia's largest and southernmost barrier island. Here pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches and wide marshes whisper the stories of both man and nature. Natives, missionaries, enslaved African Americans and Wealthy Industrialists all walked here. Cumberland Island is also home to over 9,800 acres of Congressionally designated Wilderness. Take the Land and Legacy tour, hike to the Dungeness Ruins, see the wild horses and lots of birds.912-882-4336
St. Marys Submarine Museum is dedicated to preserving the distinguished history of the Submarine Force. Located in historic downtown St Marys, GA, the museum is a great place to learn about the "Silent Service". 102 St. Marys St West, St. Marys, GA 31558 912 882 2782
NEARBY HOTELS under $100/night: Cumberland Island Inn & Suites 2710 Osborne Road, St. Marys, GA 31558
Home-Towne Suites Kingsland 2343 Village Drive, Kingsland, GA 31548
Magnolia Inn Kingsland 1325 Hospitality Avenue, Kingsland, GA 31548
Our sponsors are very important to us and we focus on cultivating these relationships. We want to make sure that all of our sponsors get just as much in return from us as we do from them, so when Boondogglers are in the market for some gear - or are in need of a service –purchasing from our sponsors is top of mind!
2013 Kayak Fishing Boondoggle Sponsors
Below you will find a list of the most common questions asked about the Boondoggles. If you can't find your answers here feel free to contact us and we'll make sure to do our best to answer your questions.
Question: What the heck is a Boondoggle?
Answer: Our Boondoggles are just large gatherings of kayak fishermen looking to relax, hangout, and fish.
Question: Are there regional Boondoggle's or are they a national thing only once a year?
Answer: Currently we only have two "Official Boondoggles", the Presidents and Columbus Day Boondoggles. You are more than welcome to try and organize your own boondoggle in your area.
Question: How are the boondoggle locations picked?
Answer: The "Official Boondoggle" locations are chosen by YakAngler and KayakFishingRadio. We take many things into consideration when choosing a venue like the availability of ample camping locations, an accessible meeting/event location, and of course great fishing for that time of year.
Question: Is there a way for us to suggest the next location?
Answer: Yes shoot us an email via our contact form and we will take your suggestion into consideration along with the above factors
Question: Is the Boondoggle a tournament or just a gathering?
Answer: Although we have had "Mini Rod" and other fun tournaments at the Boondoggle it's not a tournament. The Boondoggles are just an excuse for kayak fishermen to meed up in a cool new location and hang out and fish.
Question: Are the Boondoggles free?
Answer: Participation in the event is free but other activities like lodging and rentals are not. Not all Saturday Dinners will be fully sponsored so some fees may apply if you decide to eat with the Boondogglers that night.
Question: I attended a Boondoggle and have some photos I'd like to share, how do I do?
Answer: If you would like one of your photos added to one of the Boondoggle photo galleries use this gallery submission form to send it to us.
Presidents Day Weekend 2013 KARS Park, Merritt Island, Florida
Columbus Day Weekend 2012 1st Landing State Park, Virginia Beach Virginia
Presidents Day Weekend 2012 Chokoloskee Island Park, Chokoloskee Florida
Columbus Day Weekend 2011 Mount Pleasant, Charleston, South Carolina
Presidents Day Weekend 2011 Little Talbot Island, Jacksonville Florida