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Kayak Rentals

 

We have the largest selection of boats and the closest dock to Three Sisters Springs.

We are the ONLY outfitter located on a canal 8-10 minutes from the Three Sisters Springs. Our customers do not have to go through any wind and chop on Kings Bay to get to the Three Sisters Springs.

 

We offer a selection of gifts and apparel, alongside kayak accessories such as waterproof bags, phone cases and goggles. You can rent mask/snorkel sets and wetsuits (required if swimming during Manatee Season) from us if needed. Our facilities include changing rooms, portable restrooms, and a water cooler to refill any bottles you may bring for your trip.


We welcome paddlers with all levels of experience, from first timers to hard-worn adventurers.


Reservations are recommended, so please call us to make a booking.

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Rental Information

Minimum age to go on a kayak is 2 years old.  16-18 year olds can go out unaccompanied, but need to have their waiver form signed by an adult.


We are pet friendly! Pets can go into the springs on a boat, but are not allowed in the water.


The maximum number of people allowed on a boat is determined by its number of seats (so one person on a single kayak only, etc). Triple kayaks are only suitable for two adults and a child 5 years or younger, or one adult with two small children.


All kayaks are weight dependent. We will fit the boats to your needs.


We recommend bringing non-disposable bottles/packaging. Please do not bring glass.


Alcohol is not permitted - both prior to your visit and while on the water.


You can launch your own paddle craft with us: $8 per boat. Anyone doing so will still need to complete a waiver form at the desk and have watched the Manatee Manners video (see below).

Manatee Season: Nov 15 - Mar 31

During Manatee Season, Three Sisters Springs is closed to kayaking.
You can tie up your paddlecraft at a designated area near the entrance to swim inside, but please be aware that USFWS may temporarily close the springs to swimmers as well.


Manatees can be seen here year round.
We have a resident population that can be seen in the bay during the warmer months.

Manatee Manners for Paddlers

"Manatee Manners" video for paddlers,

from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.


This video is mandatory viewing if intending to paddle into the National Wildlife Refuge.


Watching this prior to arriving will speed up your time in our office. Please ensure your entire group has seen it if you have.

Manatee Manners for Swimmers

"Manatee Manners" video for swimmers,

from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.


This video is mandatory viewing if intending to swim in the National Wildlife refuge.


Watching this prior to arriving will speed up your time in our office. Please ensure your entire group has seen it if you have. 

Manatee Rules & Regulations

The following actions are NOT allowed:

  • Chasing or pursuing a manatee.
  • Disturbing or touching a resting or feeding manatee.
  • Diving from the surface onto a resting or feeding manatee.
  • Cornering or surrounding a manatee.
  • Riding, holding, grabbing, pinching, poking, prodding or stabbing a manatee with anything, including your hands and feet.
  • Standing on a manatee.
  • Separating a mother and calf or separating a group of manatees.
  • Giving manatees anything to eat and drink.
  • Actively initiating contact with belted/tagged manatees and associated gear, including any belts, harnesses, tracking devices and antennae.
  • Interfering with rescue and research activities.


In addition to the above prohibited activities, the following waterborne activities are prohibited within Three Sisters Springs from November 15th to March 31st:

  • Scuba diving and fishing, including with hook and line, 


Paddle craft are prohibited from Three Sisters Springs from November 15th through March 31st, or later if emergency closures are in place.

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Waiver Form

When you arrive we will have the waiver forms to fill in at the desk.

If you wish, you can download the form here and fill it out beforehand (up to four people per page).

Contact Us

Please call us to make a reservation.

Crystal River Kayak Company

1422 SE US Hwy 19, Crystal River, Florida 34429

(352) 795-2255

Open seven days a week

Open today

8:00 am – 4:30 pm

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


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