Florida Canoeing-Kayaking Trips

A peaceful day on Florida's Blackwater River

A peaceful day on Florida's Blackwater River

There's no shortage of canoeing-kayaking trips and other on-the-water adventure opportunities in Florida. According to the authors of Florida's Fabulous Canoe and Kayak Trail Guide, Florida has over 1,700 rivers (not all navigable) and more than 1,000 miles of coastline--plenty of opportunity for canoiests and kayakers.

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Florida's relatively mild climate means there's normally no time of year when canoeing-kayaking trips are out of the question. Of course, temporary, local weather conditions can put a halt to any trip. Always check local conditions before setting out. Heavy rains may cause rivers to flood, droughts may mean there's not enough water to paddle, and high winds can cause rough surf.

In the cooler months, even Florida waters can be dangerously cold--in the 50's Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is that low, an accidental dunking far from shore puts one in peril of developing severe hypothermia, the leading cause of death in the wilds. All boaters should be keenly aware of the dangers posed by wintertime water temperatures. For more information on hypothermia, its prevention and its treatment, as well as cold-water survival techniques see Surviving the Wilds of Florida

Speaking of paddling, if you're looking for an inexpensive but good kayak suitable for most Florida kayakers, see this page on Cheap Kayaks. I use one of these and love it.

That said, most of the time Florida weather conditions make for plenty of opportunities to get together with friends and paddle our seemingly boundless waters.

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Now, pick the canoeing-kayaking trips that suit you, read all about them, then head out when you're ready to go.

Everglades National Park, Ten Thousand Islands, Gulf Coast Ranger Station to Tiger Key Paddle into wild Florida and spend a night (or more) on a remote island beach.

Down the Blackwater River
Spend several days floating one of Florida's wildest and most pristine rivers.

The Wakulla River
Enjoy a 4-hour trip up and down this beautiful Panhandle river.

Everglades National Park, around Cape Sable
This trip takes you out of Flamingo through Everglades National Park and into some of the wildest, most remote places left in Florida. You'll stroll lazily along deserted beaches, gather a few choice seashells, and sleep so close to the water you'll hear the waves lapping (or pounding, if the weather is rough) the shore.

From Flamingo to Hell's Bay in the Everglades Journey into the Everglades through the real wilds of Florida. See birds, alligators, and crocodiles. Be sure to see the 90-second video.


Fisheating Creek
Many people enjoy canoeing-kayaking trips on this serene South Florida waterway. Relax on a one- or two-day trip down Fisheating Creek, through the Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area. Camp along the banks and enjoy the wilds of Florida the way they used to be.

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
Explore the northernmost remains of the great River of Grass.

The Silver River Spend a morning or an afternoon--or the whole day, if you wish--paddling this beautiful, spring-fed river.

Juniper Creek A 3-to-5-hour paddle down 7 miles of Juniper Creek, Juniper Springs' crystal clear spring run. While you're there, enjoy a night or two of camping at the Juniper Springs Recreation area.

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The Beautiful Fenholloway River 
Some kayakers prefer dark waters, canopy growth, palm trees, marsh grass, mud banks, rocks, variety of trees, an occasional gator, birds, spring feeds, …

Everglades National Park - Broad Creek by moonlight (part 2) 
Once I had found the entrance to Broad Creek I also found that the way beyond was far from obvious. The creek here is completely overgrown with mangroves, …

Everglades National Park - Broad Creek by moonlight (part 1) 
The tinny beeping of my alarm watch brought me out of a sound sleep. I pressed the light button on the watch to read the time - 1:30 AM, an early beginning …

FISHEATING CREEK, PALMDALE FL.  
MY SON AND I STARTED BY GETTING SHUTTLED TO BURNT BRIDGE FROM THE FISHEATING CREEK CAMPGROUND ON HWY 27 AROUND 8 AM. FROM BURNT BRIDGE IT'S ABOUT 8 MILES …

TURNER RIVER , EVERGLADES CITY ,FL 
MY SON AND I STARTED BY DROPPING OFF THE TRUCK AT THE END POINT, JUST IN FRONT OF THE MOUTH OF TURNER RIVER AT CHOKOLOSKEE ISLAND. WE WERE SHUTTLED TO …

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