Includes guide service, all gear and equipment
Saturdays @ 8:00
Experience a relic landscape of yesterday's Florida. The Myakka River trip 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 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 alligators basking on a sunny bluff and keep an eye out for curious otters, fawns, wild turkeys, and foxes along the river's edge.
From the waterline to the treetops! Once off the water, you can climb 75-foot observation tower and share the sky with eagles, ospreys, and swallow-tail kites and tour the treetops on the 100-foot long canopy walkway in search of orchids, bromeliads, resurrection ferns, and other tropical epiphytes. The settle down for a nice lunch under the dappled shade of an ancient live oak dressed in a shabby gown of Spanish moss.
This excursion is perfect for individuals with any level of paddling experience, seeking an authentic Florida experience. A lesson is provided at the beginning of each tour so that all are comfortable, safe, and happy on the water. First-time paddlers are always welcome! All necessary paddling and safety equipment is included with the tour, along with dry bags for your camera, phone, keys, etc. Our equipment is top-of-the line and our tours are always kept to a maximum of 10 paddlers (larger groups can easily be accommodated upon request).
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Location: Myakka River State Park