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Guided Kayak Tours and Canoe Trips are a great way to get out, tour on the water by kayak. See much of the native habitat Florida has to offer. Bring your camera because with our guided kayak tours and kayak trips, you’ll get a chance to see wildlife such as ospreys, bald eagles, manatees, Florida alligator, wild hog, otters and several species of waterfowl on our guided kayak tours. Our other kayak tours will give you a chance to witness Florida nature in all its native beauty and see Old Florida from a kayak or canoe as our guides take you on a most memorable trip. So book your reservations now and take in a Real Florida Vacation. Call 352 795-2255 to schedule your guided tour.
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Minimum 2 Persons Manatee and Kings Bay Tour $50/PP Sunset Tour $40/PP Bennett’s Creek Tour $60/PP Chassowitzka-The Crack Tour $55/PP Extended Tours 6-7 Hours $90/pp
Manatee and Kings Bay Tour
Launch the kayak from our waterfront site and paddle out among the wildlife that inhabits our beautiful bay area. Cool fall temperatures bring in over 300 manatees to the bay for the winter. The herd thins out in the spring as the Gulf of Mexico warms above 68 degrees F (22 C). There are several manatees that will remain in Kings Bay all summer. Other inhabitants such as ospreys who nest along the Bay, raccoons that forage for food along the banks, bottle nose dolphin feeding in a group, and herons of various species keeping a still pose to capture an unsuspecting fish for a meal, await you as you tour our King’s Bay and adjacent waters. Join us as we tour the Bay. 2-3 hours depending upon conditions and paddler ability.
The evenings are beautiful in Crystal River. The sunsets over King’s Bay and the Gulf of Mexico are picture perfect. Experience paddling by the light of the moon in a canoe or kayak. Not many people get to experience this view and the serenity of the night on the water. Come out and see the moon and the stars on a night paddle. 2 hours. The tour leaves our launch 1 ½ hours before sunset. We paddle to Three Sisters Spring and then to Kings Bay to watch the Sunset before returning to our store.
Bennett’s Creek Tour
West of Yankeetown the Withlacoochee River empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Roughly three miles above the mouth of the river is a wonderful creek that flows from the river and meanders around to an estuary and out to the Gulf. Paddle up the creek and enter the Withlacoochee and back to the beginning. Near the fork of Bennett’s Creek and the Withlacoochee River is a rookery area. You can see many roseate spoonbills and wood storks perched on the trees. Along the river and creek you can see other local inhabitants of the marshlands, such as alligators, turtles, redfish, Trout, bottle nose dolphin, and other fish species as well as many bird species including the bald eagle, osprey, roseate spoonbills, wood stork, and manatee during the warm weather. 3-4 hours depending upon conditions and paddler ability.
Chassahowitzka–The Crack Tour
We leave the ‘Chaz’ kayak launch and paddle down river to a creek that leads to the Crack. Along the way you may see bottle nose dolphin feeding or a manatee in a small side creek. We park the boats and stroll up the spring run (pictured below), to the CRACK, a spring opening that is literally a crack and not a round hole. Bring a water, and a snack to enjoy, while we are at the ‘Crack.’. Take a dip in the springs. We then paddle back up river to the Seven Sisters springs where you can swim in one of the many pools which bubble with the rich waters of the aquifer. 3-4 hours depending upon conditions and paddler ability.