Frequently Asked Questions

Is a reservation needed?

Walk-ins are welcome for kayak rentals, but if other people have reserved boats we may not be able to accommodate your group. If you know you will be visiting, call ahead to ensure the paddle craft you want will be waiting for you.

We are very busy during holiday weekends, so do make a booking if you plan on visiting us for these.

Please call in advance if you would like to schedule one of our tours.

What should we bring?

Anything you bring on a boat may get wet!

Prepare as you would for a day at the beach. Clothing may get damp even if not swimming, so dress accordingly. We have changing rooms if you need to put on bathing suits once here, and footwear is optional.

Sunscreen and water are always worthwhile bringing on the boat with you. We have a water cooler to fill up any reusable bottles you may have (we recommend bringing non-disposable items).

Valuables are secure if locked in your vehicle, and we can keep your keys safe (and dry) for you.

When should we visit?

 We always recommend that earlier in the day is a better experience. Wildlife is more active in the morning, the waterways haven't become too busy yet, and the afternoons can get HOT.

Please remember that weekends can be busy, both with us and out on the water.

If you want to see manatees in their large numbers, come when it is cold! It is not always chilly throughout the whole of winter, so if you are able to be flexible with your visit wait until you need a woolly hat to book your rental or tour with us.

Do you have parking?

Parking facilities are at our location. As no shuttle is needed for Crystal River, once you are here your car remains until you are done.

Please be advised that on busy days parking spaces can be limited. We have alternative parking a few yards down the road if needed. We will find ways to accommodate you - bear with us!

What are your age limits?

Children under 2 years old are not allowed on our boats. Anyone under 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult.

Young children still need to have their own seat - for example, a parent with a three year old would need a double kayak, not a single kayak.

There is no upper age limit!

Are dogs allowed on your boats?

We are pet friendly! Larger dogs may be more comfortable traveling with you in a canoe rather than a kayak.

Pets are not allowed to swim in the refuge areas (such as Three Sisters Springs). They can however be there if they stay within the boat.

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Crystal River

King's Bay & Three Sisters Springs

Crystal River is the town located on the shores of King's Bay, a spring-fed estuary that eventually leads to the Gulf of Mexico. This is not a downstream paddle - there are no currents to float along or fight against.

Three Sisters Springs is part of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, and is one of our area's most beautiful attractions. It is located along the same canal as us, and its crystal clear water is only accessible by boat (enjoying it by land and boardwalk can be done at the Three Sisters Springs Park).


Crystal River is renowned worldwide as the best place to see manatees. During winter months they come to our area in large herds, and can be seen resting in the crystal clear spring water.


The shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico are prime scallop grounds. If you haven't picked your own before, we highly recommend our friends over at Nature Coast Charters for a great day out that will result in a tasty, hand caught dinner.

Scallop season runs from July through into September every year. See Nature Coast Charters for details.

Other Activities in Our Area

Homosassa Springs State Park

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A favorite in our area, the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is a great way to see local animals and enjoy the fish bowl underwater observatory for the Homosassa Springs.

Rainbow Springs State Park

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Float down the beautiful crystal clear spring waters of the Rainbow River.

Crystal River Archaeological Park

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Visit this State Park to walk the ancient complex that was a Native American ceremonial center dating back 1600 years, and climb the 30ft Temple Mound.

Audubon Birding trails

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Our area is host to a wide variety of birdlife, so bring your camera to walk one of the many trails here.

Tree Top Adventure

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Visit our local aerial adventure course, complete with zip-lines, rope bridges, climbing walls and more.

Crystal River Room Escape

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Solve the mysteries locked inside our Crystal River's family friendly escape rooms.

Contact Us

Please call us to make a reservation.

Crystal River Kayak & Dive Center

1422 SE US Hwy 19, Crystal River, Florida 34429

Crystal River Kayak Company: (352) 795-2255 Crystal River Dive Center: (352) 794-6398

Open seven days a week

Open today

08:00 am – 04:30 pm

Please be advised that we close early on days of heavy rains and thunder storms. Please call ahead if in doubt.

We are open year round with the exception of two days: Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. 


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