Paddle Away At Wet Finz on Bell Lake

By William Jacko

Special to The Laker/Lutz News

There is probably no more peaceful way to spend the afternoon than paddling the sparkling ripples of Bell Lake.  And your passport to a lake-frolicking adventure can be found at Wet Finz Paddleboard Rentals and More in Land O’ Lakes.

For Jackie Jennings, owner of Wet Finz, Bell Lake is more than just a pastime.  It’s a passion that has always been there for the Jennings family, who has lived on the lake for three generations.

Jennings wants to see more people get outdoors and take advantage of her access to Bell Lake — something not previously available to the public.

“This is one of the only zoned commercial areas on the lake with waterfront access,” said Jennings. “We opened our shop because we wanted people to come out and try paddleboarding, do a little fishing and have just fun with their kids.”

Wet Finz is a dog-friendly business that rents paddleboards, kayaks and an occasional canoe. People especially enjoy paddleboarding, and Jennings even rents to people who do yoga on the boards.

If you work up an appetite while paddling your board or kayak around the lake, do not worry about going hungry.

“Our guests paddle right over to Larry’s Deli to get a sandwich,” Jennings said. “It’s two buildings over, and has the best subs in all of Land O’ Lakes.”

Wet Finz carries products that protect against the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet rays, including Sun Bum chemical-free sunscreen, Scales swim shirts and Saltwater Hippie clothing. It also sells flip-flops, fun floatation devices, hats and visors.

If Wet Finz is about anything, it’s about enjoying yourself and having fun in the sun.

“It’s all about people coming here close to home to enjoy paddleboarding, without having to drive all the way to the beach and saltwater,” said Jennings.

A relaxing paddleboard or kayak is waiting for you at Wet Finz. The store is offering a Laker rental discount of $9.99 for the first hour. You can find them on U.S. 41, about three miles north of State Road 54, in the heart of Land O’ Lakes.

(813) 996-3253. • 4608 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes

Published 10/10/18

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