My son and I have been paddling together since he was young. Most of that has been in the west where I live or Canada. But work commitments will keep him in Florida this year. My question is for our friends in Florida, or anyone else with experience paddling the spring fed Rivers there. If you had one week and wanted to canoe 2 or 3 rivers which would you choose and why? Thanks in advance.
Oh, one more thing, do you know any way to rent a tandem, we usually paddle two solos, but I'm sure that is too much to ask, that is not made of aluminum?
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You didn't say what part of Florida,...|
Posted by: jackl on Mar-17-13 6:39 PM (EST)
What Jack said,|
Posted by: tjalmy on Mar-17-13 8:18 PM (EST)
Florida is a pretty big state. What part will you be in? See Places to Paddle on this website under the "Go Paddling" tab on the bar above. See also Florida Paddle Trails Assoc. http://floridapaddlingtrails.com/
Posted by: old_user on Mar-18-13 4:07 PM (EST)
Have paddled most of the spring fed rivers in Florida. If I had to pick one, it would be the Silver river. Here is why- It is a pristine beautiful river. There are monkeys that live on it. It is a park, and therefore, no houses along it's banks. There are plenty of others, but this one is the best IMHO. If you go to keystonekayaks.com and click on the Florida Paddling adventure video (bottom left of opening page). You will see a video we just shot this winter with several rivers including the Silver River. Note= you need to turn on the "HD" on the vimeo player to run the video (on the bottom right of the player). Otherwise it freezes about 15 seconds in.
try to avoid Juniper and Silver|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-18-13 4:41 PM (EST)
on weekends. Early AM is ideal to view wildlife.
Rainbow, Crystal, Homosassa|
Posted by: RedCrossRandy on Mar-20-13 10:47 AM (EST)
You can rent boats at Knights of Pythias park on the Rainbow, Plantation Inn Dive Center for Crystal, Kings Bay and 3 Sisters Springs (best for manatee viewing). They will even shuttle you to the Rainbow and Homosassa.
Spring fed river trip|
Posted by: weed on Mar-20-13 12:25 PM (EST)
The Wacissa and Wakulla are excellent spring fed rivers to paddle. The Wilderness Way rents boats and has guided tours. http://www.thewildernessway.net/index.htm They will rent you any type of Wilderness System boat. The vast knowledge they have is invaluable. You might even see a Manatee on the Wakulla.