My husband and I are beginner to intermediate kayakers. We are planning a trip to Suwanne River SP and are bringing our kayaks. We are looking at several river trips, but aren't sure how we'll get back to our vehicle after paddling 10 miles down river. There are outfitters, but they charge about $35 per person, that's $70 per trip with our own kayaks. Is this normal and what we should expect? What other options do we have? I know we will have these issues in other locations, so I'm hoping for something that can work in other locals as well.
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In my experience that is ok|
Posted by: Dr_Disco on May-20-13 6:26 PM (EST)
In fact that may be low. Another option that I know WW paddlers use is to drop a bicycle at the takeout. Then one of you rides it back to the car and drives the car plus bike to the takeout. Ten miles down river is not that far.
Posted by: Klf728 on May-20-13 6:42 PM (EST)
We've been talking about the bike option, it's about 12 miles by road so not that bad. How about calling a taxi? Is that unheard of?
No but the rates will be higher..|
Posted by: kayamedic on May-20-13 7:00 PM (EST)
What would the charge be for one of you to take your car to the takeout and then come back with the outfitter?
We paddle from the Suwannee river ...|
Posted by: Jackl on May-20-13 7:29 PM (EST)
Posted by: ShadyClip on May-20-13 8:43 PM (EST)
Up here near Philly one place I know charges $25-$30 to transport a single kayak and $20-$25 for each kayak if there is more than one.
Posted by: dafishman on May-20-13 9:14 PM (EST)
From experience, I would suggest leaving the kayaks at the put in with someone to watch them. Drive to the take out with a bike, leave the vehicle and pedal back to the put in. This way if you get hurt or are tired after the kayak, you do not have a 12 mile bike to worry about. You also will not be as inconvenienced if someone decides that they really like your bike.
Posted by: Klf728 on May-20-13 10:48 PM (EST)
Thanks for all of the input. We'll be there for 12 days, so we will probably try several of the options to see what works for us. We have ACA on our list of outfitters to contact. I'm glad to hear that they will transport people without kayaks as well. We've never worked with an outfitter when we've had our own kayaks before.
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Posted by: ezwater on May-21-13 12:35 AM (EST)
tributary streams whose mouths are close to a place on the Suwannee where you have a good put-in. You can paddle up a tributary as far as it interests you, then go back to the main river and paddle up and back a ways, before going to the ramp or access where you entered.
Posted by: daggermat on May-21-13 11:56 AM (EST)