Poker-Ride-Hike-Paddle benefits Little Manatee River State Park on Jan. 19

Published on: January 9, 2013

The annual Poker Ride-Hike-Paddle fundraiser for Little Manatee River State Park is Saturday, Jan. 19 at the park in Wimauma.

Collect playing cards from up to six locations along the way and turn in sealed cards to make the best hand. And take a chance to improve that hand with extra cards available for a donation. The highest hand wins, and First Prize is $100, donated by Ace Hardware on Big Bend Road in Riverview. There will also be a silent auction.

The event starts at 9 a.m. with last trail start at 11 a.m., all hands in by 1:30 p.m.

Lunch of a cheeseburger, chips and drink is included with the $20 per person entry fee, and park entrance fees are included. Extra lunch is $5.

The fun for hikers and riders starts in the event field on Lightfoot Rd.; for hiker and horse information, call 813-677-9291.

Canoers and kayakers launch from Canoe Outpost at 18001 Hwy 301 S., 1.5 miles north of the Lightfood Road park entrance. Canoe Outpost will provide free shuttle service for boat owners for the event, and discounted boat rentals are available. For canoe/kayak information, call 813-634-2228.

The event is sponsored by Ace Hardware at Big Bend Rd., the Canoe Outpost, and the Friends of the Little Manatee River State Park.

For more information about the park, call 813-671-5005.