Florida is a fantastic place for Canoeing and/or Kayaking, all you have to do is check which spot is best for your experience level. Whether it is fresh water, salt water or a brackish mix of both, there is a place for you in this great state. We at Exploration have paddled across many waterways and have seen beautiful landscapes beyond words. However let it be known that many of these waters contain dangers that one should not take lightly, also some of these waters should be pre-planned before venturing forth. Weather also can be a very key element in making your trip either a great or a horrible experience, remember that Florida is renown for torrential rain and thunderstorms. Please research the areas before you venture off and bring the right gear with you. Also come to terms that Florida is the home of wild predators, do not and I mean do not feed the gators or animals. It is a federal offense to feed, harass, or antagonize a gator, because a gator who is fed loses all fear of humans and associates people with food. When that happens the possibility of a gator attack will increase with that specific gator. The end result sadly equals someone getting bitten or killed and the gator euthanized.
Turner river is by far one of the most beautiful Canoe / Kayak trips in Florida, yet it can be one heck of a crowded tourist attraction so plan accordingly. Turner River will take you through the fresh water forests, through brackish water mangroves and to sights that will leave you speechless. These five creek, river, and bay paddling trips will be well worth the time you take to prepare. The paddling routes range in time from three to seven hours, depending on your launch and takeout points, the tidal stage, and your paddling speed. Intermediate canoe paddling or kayaking skills are required. Don’t overestimate your abilities or the natural conditions. An incoming tide, a headwind, and the relentless Florida sun can make it a difficult day. Call the NPS offices to get the current water and weather conditions. (Click her for map)
Fisheating Creek part of the Wildlife Management area meanders for 40 miles through this wildlife-rich area, long valued for its scenic beauty. It is a favorite spot for hunters, hikers, kayaks, Canoes, Paddle Boarders, campers, photographers and so much more. Booking should be done in advance and sometimes getting a campsite may be a hassle if you wait for the last minute. However, they do have primitive camping as well for those daring to venture off. Click for Map
Bubbling forth from Alexander Springs into Alexander Creek, this popular canoe run starts at the Alexander Springs Recreation Area and continues for about six miles of paddling to the take-out on the north shore at 52 landing. The run is broad and swift, with many small islands and little dry land to bank on for the first several miles. There are patches of areas where the vegetation gets condensed and you really have to work through it. Click for Map