Is kayaking your favorite outdoor adventure? If so, you're in good company and in a great place.
Millions of Americans have discovered the thrill of kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding. According to the Outdoor Foundation, each year shows a surge in paddlesport popularity. Top reported motivations are: to get exercise, be with family and friends, observe scenic beauty, get close to nature and experience excitement and adventure.
Coastal Paddling Trail Jay Rowden
Florida's Adventure Coast is ideal for paddlesport enthusiasts. Choose from a refreshing array of year-round experiences throughout Nature's Place to Play. From lakes and spring-fed rivers to a thriving saltmarsh along the Gulf of Mexico coastline, options abound. Download a list of area kayak and boat launches.
Withlacoochee River at Nobleton
Don't have your own kayak, canoe or paddleboard? Choose among outfitters for rental and, in some cases, delivery and pick-up. Also available is the option to go guided. Download our water adventure planner now.
Easy to learn and a pleasure to do, exploring Florida's Adventure Coast waterways under your own power is a great way to get close to nature. Free of engines, hear only the sounds of your paddles slipping into and out of the water.
Weeki Wachee River Visitors Bureau
On Florida's Adventure Coast, paddling adventures are satisfying for novice to expert. For taking to the low seas, safety and planning are the keys to your best adventure.
Wear a personal flotation device (PFD). Ensure your PFD is the proper type and in good condition. Check out this short video by Paul Kuthe for Paddling.com.
Wear bright colors, white light-shining flashlights and whistles for visibility and sound.
Check the weather forecast and tides if planning a coastal paddle trip.
Consider your route. Factor in current; paddling with the current is entirely different than paddling against it. Arrange for a pick-up to carry yourself, your companions and your vessels if going one-way. Where are your keys and dry clothes? Shuttling can be easy if well-planned.
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Wildlife will likely be your traveling companion. Remember it is their house you are visiting; do not approach wildlife or leave trash behind.
Egrets, Weeki Wachee River
Make your plans today. Download your checklist for paddling in Nature's Place to Play.