13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL
Experience a relic landscape of yesterday's Florida. The Myakka River trips takes us along the beautiful blackwater river and through an extensive freshwater marsh. Hardwood and palm hammocks are abundant, with pine flatwoods and dry prairie comprising most of the upland habitat. The area is home to an incredible array of plants and animals including approximately 250 species of birds, over 50 kinds of reptiles and amphibians, and at least 25 different species of mammals. The pristine Myakka is a river of uncommon splendor and natural beauty - rare in that it has been declared by the State of Florida as a "Wild and Scenic River", an official classification that confers a privileged level of state preservation, ensuring the protection of the river's primal elegance and boundless diversity. Paddle the river's unhurried course with rare sandhill cranes and roseate spoonbills soaring above. Glide silently past lazy gators basking on a sunny bluff and keep an eye out for curious otters, fawns, wild turkeys, and foxes along the river's edge.
We launch tours from several locations on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, depending on the conditions and wildlife trending at each area. Each place has its own special quality and we pride ourselves on knowing each of them very well!
While we're not present at each location daily, below is a list of our most common launch sites (departure location will be confirmed at time of reservation):