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14 hours ago
Finally made a decision and went with the Old Town Sportsman. Had to drive 45 minutes out due to no local stock. It’s a beast to move around, but I’m willing to put in the work to get out on the water! Maiden voyage coming soon! 😁🎣💪🏽😎🧡🖤 #KayakFishing #OldTownSportsman ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations you will love it
That's a Beauty I hope you can load it easy enough - Enjoy
I have the same one! I love it❤️
Me and wife got the 106 powered by minn kota and they are great very stable boats.
Congratulations! Now you must name your new vessel.
Congratulations I can’t really tell does it have Petals ?
Congratulations 🎉🎉 Many fun & happy adventures in your future 😎
Excellent choice, that boat will last you a lifetime. They can be awkward but with time and those new ripped guns you'll get from paddling it'll get easier!
What part of the state are you in?
Old Town has very nice kayaks and canoe. I have a few, congratulations be safe and have fun.
I have exact kayak and love it!!!
Wow that’s a beast. How much it weigh?
Where there's a will there's a way. Have fun!
Enjoy every minute!
Happy river trails to you.
9 hours ago
This last Saturday we launched from the Marine Discovery Center in NSB. It was brutally hot but a good paddle. Still have to improve with my GoPro aiming and settings and looking to get a separate camera to get stuff manually. ... See MoreSee Less
I really appreciate your map of where you went. What software did you use?
Looks like an interesting paddle. Good overview with the GoPro
Looks like Myakka River State Park LOL
Pieces of shit .
I went canoeing at Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia and they were everywhere. I couldn’t row without hitting one. Scary. I’ll never do that again lol
Short trip, Pete’s pier to 3 sisters, all day, Rogers Park to Wiki Wachee
I’d still prefer this over many public launches. People suck.
11 hours ago
Looking for some places like chaz with clear springs; the ability to bring dogs a cooler and maybe a few beers 🍻 (not ginnie) ... See MoreSee Less
Wacissa river springs
Wiki Wachee? Not sure if you can bring alcohol. We put in at Rogers Park. There were plenty of holes to swim in upriver.
Gator 🐊 mating season. Sure you want to bring your dog??
12 hours ago
Our church in Sarasota is restarting our kayak ministry. Unfortunately our fleet has diminished to 4 singles and 2 doubles. That won't get many people on the water. I have a request:
* Do you have a kayak you would like to donate to the church for our kayak ministry? Or do you know someone who hasn't used their kayak in a long time that would like to donate it? (It can be used as a tax write off.)
* Do you or someone you know have parts: kayak seats, handles, skupper plugs, kayak dollies, paddles, or life vests (especially kid sizes) laying around that you don't need? A couple of our yaks are in need of repair.
* Do you or someone you know have a kayak trailer that holds a good number of yaks that you'd like to donate? Or how about kayak racks I can easily install on top of my truck for the events?
We can travel to pick anything up. This is a ministry and there is no money in ministry, so any help would be gratefully appreciated. Feel free to private message me if you don't want to answer on this post. Thank you so much for any consideration to these requests. ... See MoreSee Less
Ohhhh I have none of the above but I would like to participate!!
I’m a Jehovah’s Witnesses and I’m just curious about your church/religion. I don’t generally see other religions engaging in ministry work like we do. Actually, I have only ever seen Mormons.
Many many Christian churches have ministries
Thoughts and prayers
Curious, have you thought about asking people who already have their own kayaks to join you so you can minister to them?! Kayaks for Christ?!
"Ministry" by definition can mean both the expression of and the spreading of a faith. So it can include an activity within a religious community - many religious institutions have a "youth ministry", for example, with sermons and activities specifically addressed to the needs of kids and young adults. It can also mean a sharing from the religious community with the outside community - providing money, volunteers and/or space for a food pantry, a special collection for a relief fund, etc. And it can also include evangelical work - actively spreading the word to the general public. Within evangelical work there is generally considered to be pulpit ministry (the preacher's sermons or preaching on a street corner), passive ministry (individuals speaking informally with other individuals within their circle of friends or co-workers or simply living their lives in a way that expresses their faith through kindness and readiness to help others), and aggressive planned ministry (walking up to a complete stranger and attempting to engage them).
Just please don't recruit for your religion on the river. That's all I ask.
4 days ago
Besides weekie what are good kid friendly rivers.. Chaz has had lots of bigger gator sightings ... See MoreSee Less
I haven't seen any gators on the Chaz except a baby near the crack. Where were the big Gator sightings at I'm out there every weekend and I haven't heard anything.
Gators don’t eat kids, either 😬 But if you mean for lots of swimming areas? Ginnie ONLY ON WEEKDAYS, rainbow is good, too.
I go to Hunter Springs and then over to Three Sister and the Rainbow usually.
Keep telling people about the gators...it helps keep the numbers down....😬😩😂
Kings landing and paddle the emerald cut
The only big gators I’ve seen at chassahowitzka is where it gets salty, haven’t seen many big ones close
Rainbow River only has small Gators that I have seen. Great place to paddle and swim
Guys alligators are everywhere in Florida waters. If you’re seeing little ones, there’s also big ones 🤦🏼♀️ be mindful and you can be safe but don’t forget alligators know how to trick prey into getting too close 🙄 if she doesn’t wanna deal with gators this trip, she doesn’t want to. There’s nothing wrong with wanting an easier paddle for children.
Santa fe river lake city
All the springs have gators
KP Hole to Rainbow headspring easy paddle and lots of otters, you can tie up and swim at several spits and at the park then lunch when u get back to kp
I take my family to the Chaz, and we haven't ever had any sort of issue with the wildlife at all.
I've seen plenty of gators in Rainbow River, by the way..................but I still go there and swim/snorkel and take my grandsons (one is now 7, but he was swimming there when he was 5).
We only saw a single baby gator at the Chaz last week.
Never seen a gator on the Chaz. I know they are there but never seen one
Never seen a gator on the Chazz. They all have gators. I took my daughter canoeing before she turned 2. Don’t go on Myakka. That one truly is gator infested
Come to the Homosassa River! Stay at the Upper Deck vacation rental where kayaks are included and you can paddle to Monkey Island (yes, real monkeys real island) or paddle to the blue waters of the Homosassa Springs and swim. www.facebook.com/vacationwithmanatees
Silver River from either Silver Springs in Ocala or Ray's Wayside out and back. Lots of birds, monkeys and often manatees along the way.
3 days ago
Just finished the project... ... See MoreSee Less
Nice! Can you easily roll back or remove the canopy while on the water??
Be interested to see on water.
They are fun to play with
Cool looking kayak.
Love the idea !
It's this a DIY project? Cool!
do the stabilizers work?
Interesting - do you have a motor? a Sail? I saw part of the video and you were going fast!
17 hours ago
My new ride was excellent on my recent FCT section paddle except for 1 thing. The outside of the heels of my feet get sore from resting against the hull from bracing and using the rudder. I must sit more frog-legged in the new kayak than in my old one. My first thought is to add some self-stick closed cell foam in that area, but with constant heel movement I'm not sure how long it will last in that position. Has any one added this to their kayak, how does it work, and how long does it last? Or any other ideas? ... See MoreSee Less
Look at yak pads, they're silicone pads that can attach to foot peg. When I used them I just placed them on floor of kayak, they didn't move and helped cushion my heels.
You will get used to it.. couple of trips out , you won’t even notice it any more.
Keep up the adventure. I have learned so much from others. (Some 'experts' think they are funny! But not really.)
I use foam. Have to replace every few years
Just checking the rules. Thought there was something in there about rude comments. Something about being polite and respectful of others.
The closed cell holds up pretty good but sometimes it's as simple as moving the pedals out or in one click. I always wear wool sox, sorry for the spelling, I grew up in Chicago.
I tighten my sandals so the heel of the sandal is on the floor and my foot is resting on the back strap.
I use a cut up yoga mat.
Let us know if you come up with a solution. I have had same problem. Switched to NRS Boundary Waters boots and they helped a lot.
Maybe call and ask at NRS. Seems like it was almost decades ago (wait… yep it was), but back in my whitewater kayaking days up in New England, it seems we used minicell, closed cell, ensolite foam…. various of those materials glued throughout nearly all of the inner areas of the kayak that contact the body to get a very snug fit EVERYWHERE. So important to get a perfectly tight fit for bombproof rolls, bracing, and all of those crazy rodeo moves that whitewater kayakers love so much. I always bought used boats that were already outfitted and fit me well, but seems the foam at the heal always did have holes worn to varying degrees. I don’t have personal experience, but the folks I knew who got their material and guidance mostly through the pros at the big kayak suppliers.
10 hours ago
I bought grips for my paddle because I had blisters on my hands paddling without. BUT the grips (especially the right side) slides a lot, which is annoying. What can I do to make them stay in place? ... See MoreSee Less
They make gloves you can wear which will prevent the blisters.
In mountain biking we use hair spray, slick to slide on then sticks in place when dry and not so tenacious of a bond that you can remove them if necessary
I used tennis racket tape and a little electrical tape to secure it
Remove the grips and buy Crew Stop Paddling gloves. www.thecrewstop.com/shop
Wear paddling gloves…
I don’t like wet gloves on all day. I used this tape to solve the problem.
i wonder if locktite spray adhesive would work. i use it on a lot of different things
If you mean the Yak Grips fold over each end about a 1/4” and they will not slide as much.
3 days ago
Anybody that tells me my Granddaughter is not big enough to go kayaking with me obviously does not realize how adorable it would be. ... See MoreSee Less
Personal flotation device?
Great picture! Cute. Adorable.
My grandson is almost 4 and already old hand at kayaking lol
I took my girls kayaking with me since they were about this age. Them wearing their PFD and then I would strap theirs to mine. By age 5 they were paddling their own yak. Now at 8 and 10, they paddle their own 13 ft Tandem Hobie like little bosses. Take your little cutie out with you. Get her used to it. She will fall in love with kayaking at an early age.
She would love it!!
Get her a life jacket and take her out! I started with my girl at 1 year old and she LOVES to kayak.
Just a short little paddle?
I took my girl at 1yr old. She wore a safety vest and I had lot of things for her eat. Honestly she was better behaved then than she is now. She’s 5 yr old now and kept saying how bored she was.
Just took our first trip with the youngest ...
What a ray of sun shine!
My daughter loves to practice in our kid kayak
I took my daughter kayaking as a baby put her in a car seat unbuckled wrapped a life vest around her, and went fishing
My granddaughter will be 6 months the end of this month. She reminds me of her 💕 sweet!
I take them all!
My son has been along for the ride since 6months - He’s now 12 💕.
Beautiful GrandBaby ♥️
My grandson like to girl watch. He loves kayaking. He is very good at paddling it too.
That’s exactly how I look whenever my butts in the boat 🤣
16 hours ago
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2 days ago
Big thanks to all of you who provided feedback and guidance as I shopped for our first yaks. Picked them up on Thursday and saved a couple hundred bucks by building my own carts . ... See MoreSee Less
19 hours ago
Where on Sanibel Island is a good place to Launch Your kayak.. ... See MoreSee Less
I like to launch at the causeway, head to the north side for some spoil islands and south side towards the lighthouse
Ask about red tide blooms. I saw a photo this morning of dead fish floating in St James City which is near Sanibel.
We just did the launch at Tarpon Bay explorers, $7 per boat. Nice mangrove trail. Drove through Ding Darling, you park on the right and launch right there at the water. $10 per car to get in park. Not crowded at all.
5 days ago
What are y’all favorite kayaking spot in all of Florida? ... See MoreSee Less
Juniper Run and Chassowitzka
Silver springs and kings landing
Dunedin Causeway to Three Rooker, on a good day onto the Anclote light.
Anywhere there's water 😁
Don Pedro State Park, if the cul de sac ever gets fixed so you don’t have to carry 100 yards to put in!
Highland Beach campsite in the Everglades.
The part between the Atlantic and the Gulf 😊
Freshwater: North Withlacoochee from State line to SRSP Saltwater: St Vincent Island, Florida Bay
The loxahatchee river in Jupiter
Lido key was the coolest experience!! The mangroves were covered in little crabs. Then had a few manatees playing with our kayak when we hit the main water
Pick a spot Florida its Beautiful
St. Joe bay
Big Shoals on the Suwannee River!
Silver Spring. Never get tired of this River!
Secret ---- and I'm not sayin...
Weeki Wachee. 💗
3 days ago
What’s the best kayak launch dock? Shopping for ideas. Wife needs a place to get on safely. ... See MoreSee Less
Do you mean where to go for the best or do you want to build one?
We had part of our dock lowered.
this is the best one I have seen at a launch and it wouldnt have to concrete just like the rails to pull yourself up. I like the way you can pull the kayak up into the slip.
Some sort of ramp always works better than a dock. But, if you are stuck with a dock, or don't have room for a ramp, then I like steps parallel to the dock that are below the water line. Two 8-12" wide steps about ankle deep and calf deep allow much easier entry since it puts your butt about even with the kayak seat.
It really depends on a number of things…. Do you already have a dock? Do you have a tidal rise and fall…or steady water level? Could you slide a concrete ramp with rubber matting into a gentle slope along the bank and add a handrail? If you do a search for kayak launch ramps you’ll come up with a variety. I personally like the rubber matted ramp w/handrails along the rainbow river. But if you have a tidal flow…then a floating launch is better.
This is an outfitters dock on Hilton Head Island. They have about a 6ft tidal flow.
I used the go-paddle app. It satellites all the known launch places. You can read comments, gps directions etc. To answer your question, I always wear water shoes. If you use a sloping entry point, just get in knee deep and your more accessible to her her into hers.
They had that on Las Olas riverside
Kings Bay park in Crystal River to go to 3 sisters. Is amazing. Its works great for my partially paralyzed dad to get in and out of a kayak
Snooks Haven Park is very easy!
Tons of alligators at Snook Haven
Vamo S. Lido mangroves
A ladder in a place on dock where the kayak can be parallel to dock is easy to get in and out.
Best place I like to launch is not a dock. I’d much prefer to just go in from a Sandy type beach area.
I personally like a firm sandy open area to launch.
2 days ago
Has anyone kayaked tha canyons in Ocala? I won’t have my own equipment with me and $50 a person seems steep, especially when you are used to having your own gear. Just wondering if anyone’s done it and if it would be worth it. Thanks ... See MoreSee Less
Never heard of it? Is this a photo of the place?
Is this at the zipline?
Never heard of this place, please tell us more.
Looks like a tourist attraction which equals expensive. Wonder if there’s a way to get in there without using the park entrance?
Had to do a little research on this one. This is where the zip lining happens. I don’t think we can take our own kayak. Only 1.5 hours for $45. Not sure it would be anything spectacular.
Agreed interested to find out more info
We did the zip lining and enjoyed it. I would not pay for the kayaking though. You can see the area from the zip lining, and it’s a work out
I Did the kayak trip and not worth it at all. Nothing exciting.
Not worth it, very small lake. You can paddle the entire thing in 5-10 min. The zip line and horseback riding were fun
I ziplined over it that was fun but the kayaking there did not look interesting to me very small area to paddle
Thanks ! This saved me $100.00 😊
So they won't let you use your own equipment and you have to take the tour that's the in only way to do it
We grew up swimming/jeep crawling those canyons. People used to throw cars and all kinds of junk off the cliffs. Fun times but I wouldn't go in that water now.
Also calling them canyons is giving them too much credit. They are abandoned lime rock quarrys.
I drive by often and I wouldn't call this a canyon...there isn't much to see.
Water looks green
Never heard of this place. Judging by this one photo, it looks cool and I want to go there (in my own yak).
Did it. Had a good time. Not worth the $. Do Silver Springs instead.
There's a canyon in Ocala Florida????
Anytime I have rented kayak/canoe for the day it was 50$
If I’m paying them 50 bucks they better let me fish it.
1 day ago
Been a very long time since I’ve been to Weeki Wache, usually go to chaz but I’m thinking of bringing our group over to Rodgers park and paddling up river to float down. Could I bring my dog and a cooler? Also any tips 🚣♂️ ... See MoreSee Less
Yes doggies. Yes cooler. Dont forget there's NO alcoholic beverages allowed (legally 😉) on Weeki Wachee
Go early to get a spot at Rogers park , price went up to $10.00 for parking. Yes, you can have a dog and cooler on the river. The river is a lot more crowded than it used to be.
Doggies are the best at Weeki!! And the river is perfect to stop and have lunch on. There are lots of little beach areas to picnic on. Be careful with parking tho. Get there early or there won’t be anything available! Parking is bad.
I went there Thursday. We got there about 9:15 and there was only a few cars. By 9:45 is was BUSY! It was $10 flat. It just said no glass and that dogs had to be on a leash. I paddled about 3.5 miles up and made it to the edge of the state park where you can’t get off and swim and floated back. It was FABULOUS! Lots of little places to stop and swim along the way. Coming back we were able to float but we were also fighting the tide coming in so the water was at least three feet higher so all the nice little beach spots were gone on the way back. There was also an ice cream and hot dog guy about a mile from the park. That was fun. We want to go back for sure.
1 day ago
Is 2 hours the longest you can rent a kayak at Weeki Wachee? ... See MoreSee Less
That’s usually what is allotted if you rent directly from weeki Wachee park but you are also only paddling 2.9 miles. Look up the kayak shack but you will be paddling against the current to begin with.
No we’ve been out for 7 hrs. Try different rental places. Kayak Shack is my fav.
I went a couple of months ago and finished the entire thing in an hour. It used to be a lot longer but now they cut you off before you get to the river
Rent from Weeki Wachee Marina. Paddle up and ride the flow back down. Have to be there before 1 and you can stay out until 5
Rent from a third party outfitter like Paddles Up Adventures. They will bring your boats to the top of weeki and meet you at the bottom (Roger’s Park) when you’re ready. All you have to do is show up, float down, then get home safely. They do all the heavy lifting! It’s super convenient and easy. I’ve rented from paddles up a few times!
No it’s all day. Two hours is the time it can take if you paddle straight through and get on the return bus back. You can use them all day. People always ask how long does it take and when I worked there we’d say it depends on you. Two hours minimum, possible 4-5 hours depending on if you doddle or get to Rogers Park and stay to swim.
12 hours ago
We went to Rogers Park about 10:30 this morning and kayaked about 3 miles up the river towards weeki wachee. Rogers Park was empty we had an absolute blast not one drop of rain touched us the Sun was shining the whole time and we saw four manatees one of them followed us all the way back to Rogers Park between our boats he was at least 10 ft long what an awesome day ... See MoreSee Less
3 days ago
First paddle in my new yak, slices through the water like butter 😃 ... See MoreSee Less
And she looks fantastic! What is she?
Congrats on the new yak.
Awesome pictures and kayak! Is it Equinox 140?
Any sign of red tide yet? I saw it at sand key yesterday 🙁
Red tide?????? Where’s all the dead fish like last time????
Did you launch from Honeymoon island?
Is that the west coast “gulf”
Yes. On the gulf
Heading there this weekend. Where did you drop in?
5 days ago
Looking for some new places to go kayaking around Melbourne/Palm Bay Area. I have done Turkey creek and love it but any other places to Kay’s or islands to kayak to?! ... See MoreSee Less
Thousand islands up in cocoa has nice mangrove tunnels. Put in at bird road park
Crane creek; Ballard Park; Ramp Road in Cocoa Beach
Long point park
In sebastian launch from Donald Macdonald campground or that boat ramp a little further in.
My favorite short paddle…st johns fish camp. Just a bit north of sebastion inlet. Off A1A at south beach community center. Old florida trail.
Wabasso has a ez launch from sand in the road that takes you from us1 to a1a
These all look awesome. New to the Palm Bay/ Melbourne area too!
15 hours ago
I've been to Shell Key on tours a few times, but this was my first time paddling out there in my own 'yak. Conditions were great and there was no sign of red tide (as of last Wednesday). Has anyone been out there since? Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less
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19 hours ago
Had a person ask me yesterday if I knew where she could sell a handmade,wooden outrigger canoe. I'm clueless. Any ideas? ... See MoreSee Less
Facebook Marketplace? Now i wanna see pics...
19 hours ago
We went to Manatee park on Sunday was kind of disappointed didn't see no manatee .water was dark , and warm.but still was a beautiful day ... See MoreSee Less
They are there more during the cold months.
I have seen them at three sisters and wiki Wachee in the last few weeks.
1 day ago
Can anyone give me advise to launch and kayak to three sisters springs in Chrystal River?
How tough and long of a paddle? We have several children going.
Thanks in advance. ... See MoreSee Less
Hunter springs is nice also
Hunter spring park
Nice area but FWC is there all the time. Wanted to get out and swim but couldn’t dock on the rocks. Understandable but that part was crappy. However, really pretty area and saw 6 or 7 manatee. Still enjoyed ourselves
We have always launched from Kings Bay Park. It's about a 35-45 minute paddle. Fairly easy paddle. We have taken our son @ 10 years old and other newbie paddlers with no.problems. enjoy, it is beautiful there.
We launched from Crystal River Kayak Company. Very calm sheltered water to get there - with the option of going out in the bay if desired. (I was not confident enough of a beginner adult to go through the bay but went out once I got more comfortable)
Launch from Crystal River Kayak Company and Dive Center easiest paddle I know of. You're about 10 minutes from the spring. Bonus really cool tunnel bridge kids love to go through. High chances of seeing manatees there too.
Thank you everyone 😊
21 hours ago
Does anyone want to go kayaking in Walton Country? We are going out on Thursday?? ... See MoreSee Less
2 days ago
My wife and I moved to Parrish I March. We have a kayak and I would like to take her out but she wants pretty water. I have been out on Terrs Ceia Bay and really enjoy it there. However I want my wife to be comfortable and enjoy her first trip. Any recommendation would be very welcomed!! Thank you all in advance! ... See MoreSee Less
The mangrove tunnels off Lido Key are pretty fun. You can also launch off Beer Can Island (next to Longboat Key) and paddle around in Sarasota Bay. If you don't mind driving a few hours, I highly recommend the Silver River, which has clear water and tons of wildlife.
First trip go to Rainbow River launch KP hole. Easiest is to use Rainbow River Canoe and Kayak as a shuttle service. They shuttle you and your kayaks to KP hole and you can just float , paddle, cruise your was back to the shop where your car is parked all downstream 🙂 Beautiful water , with swimming. It quickly becomes an addiction lol
Weeki wachi. Also go out to Anna Maria Island. Beer can island. Emerson point is also beautiful.
Check out Sarasota Blueways paddling guide.
If she is uncomfortable in water that is not crystal clear I would recommend Weeki Wachee, it’s a good first experience manatees and fish and the chance of seeing gators is very low, the Silver river is nice but there are a lot of gators and if that’s a fear probably not a good place to start, Rainbow river is a decent river but depending on when you plane to go the tubers can get a little annoying. Another short gorgeous ride is the Emerald cut at Kings landing it’s another good beginners spot with the crystal clear water.
Robinson Preserve and Emerson Point are both great options, with easy mangrove paddling and the chance to explore further into Tampa Bay.
Lots of options near you - Ft Desoto, Robinsons, Bishops, or Cockroach
Ft Desoto is a good spot for a duos trip with a wife/gf. Pretty clear, shallow, calm water. Good fishing as well
5 days ago
Is there still a canoe/kayak livery service just off the parking lot for Weeki Wachee? I have a tandem kayak but my out-of-state guest has a recent shoulder injury, so paddling upstream from either the Christian campground or Rogers Park would be too much. Looking for a leisurely paddle/float downstream, with a ride back for us, the kayak and gear. Thanks. ... See MoreSee Less
Yes! But you have to make an appointment in advance to launch (even your own kayak) so call them and set it up.
1 day ago
Beautiful day kayaking Silver Springs…birds, manatees, turtles and finally got to see the monkeys. ... See MoreSee Less
2 days ago
Where would you rent to kayak Weeki Wachee? I have a 10 year old and one of the sites said 12+. Can anyone help me out? ... See MoreSee Less
Weeki Wachee rents them. I’ve rented from them several times. You should be able to go tandem with a 10 year old at least
I believe they have to be 12+ to rent them a solo kayak, but you should be able to rent a tandem to go together
3 days ago
I’ll be camping at OLeno State Park on the Santa Fe river this week (during the week, thank goodness). My question is, what’s the best place nearby to put in for a round trip paddle? From what I’m reading, the state park probably doesn’t offer the best paddling opportunity on the river. just want to be able to paddle upstream and then paddle downstream back to my car. Nothing too strenuous. Maybe 3-4 miles each way. I know there’s a ton of springs on the river and that’s always fun, though I don’t want to be in the middle of a bunch of craziness (hence why I’m going during the week). Any suggestions for where to put in for a scenic, relaxing paddle upstream before turning around and heading back? ... See MoreSee Less
I like to put in at Rum Island and paddle upstream to Poe Springs and then down to Gilchrist Blue Springs and back to Rum. It’s one of my favorite paddles for out and back.
You could put in at the Highway 27 bridge and paddle up to the 441 bridge and coast back down. I find that the areas between Poe and Ginnie is always the most crowded because they’re the best known ones in Gainesville. Rum Island is usually not too crazy though
There are two shuttles also, Santa Fe canoe outpost and rum 138, if you decide to go further and want a ride back. We did paddled up to the river rise yesterday from HS boat ramp, 2.75 miles up stream. Watch the weather this week too! It doesn’t look good!
Doesn't anyone know Oleano is where the Santa Fe goes underground and then comes back up near Hwy 441 bridge and the Hwy 27 at River Rise horse trails and boat ramp.
You can put in at the High Springs public boat ramp off of US 41 (no fee) and paddle up to River Rise and back down. That's a total of a little less than 5 miles up and back. There's not a lot of current, so pretty easy upstream paddle and we hardly ever see anyone else on that section.
3 days ago
Just ordered this bad boy!! Can’t wait ... See MoreSee Less
Who makes it?
2 motors that thang prolly halls ass but you have to steer in unison
The aft motor should steer it pretty well.
2 days ago
Took the wahoo out on her maiden voyage. Had some beginners luck. Went out to Ozello - watch out when the tide comes in. Gets a little wet in the parking lot ... See MoreSee Less
Yikes, the tide 🤣
4 days ago
Last weekend we took a short trip out into the Mosquito Lagoon in Oak Hill, not a lot of wildlife on this trip although an otter did manage to scare the crap out of us. LOL ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks for sharing. Gotta go do that. In Central Florida now but I lived in Titusville '67 to '74. Was a Playalinda lifeguard for 3 summers. Used to do a lot of boating in the Indian River but got a kayak 6 months ago and need a new paddling destination.
2 days ago
It has been too many months between paddles. Today was an excellent splash in Alexander Springs. ... See MoreSee Less
Did they finish the construction at the bridge?
Oh thank you for posting! I know where I will be next weekend! When my children were small and we were broke, this bridge is where we would swim. I always took trash bags to clean up. I am saddened that people think trash is just meant to be thrown on the ground.
4 days ago
Quick maiden voyage with my new kayak today at the Isles of Capri. I have kayaked a lot in the Peace River/Arcadia area while fossil hunting and in the Keys while fishing, but with this kayak I'm hoping to explore more hidden parts of Florida and some of the springs. So excited to visit some of the beautiful places I've seen shared here! ... See MoreSee Less
Now you have to give your new yak a name.
when the water comes up.. you will enjoy both Fisheating Creek and Mayakka State Park.. plus Arbuckle Creek... my " home" paddles
I'd say enjoy it, but it's obvious you already do. ) Peace.
Be safe and have lots of fun. Yakking is great! Check out the Rainbow River.
4 days ago
I know everyone is prob getting sick of these types of questions but I’m going to ask anyway….🤦♀️😃. I’ve rented and kayaked Weeki Wachee a ton so I’m familiar with the area. However, I just bought kayaks and will be launching on my own Saturday at Rogers park. My question is about how parking works and how do you pay the $10 launch fee? Do they ever get to a point where they stop because they are at capacity? Any tips? I really appreciate any input! ... See MoreSee Less
There’s a machine near the boat ramp that you put a credit card or debit card in, it is on a first come first serve basis.
There is no launch fee at Rogers park.
It gets packed quick!!! Get there early or after 2 ..but that place gets insanely pack
Don’t you have to reserve/schedule that now or did that end?
Rogers parks gets insanely packed early. There is only a limit to the parking lot. Once it’s full there is no where to park. I would suggest getting there super early for a parking spot
Don't launch there. Drive to Bay Point Park and there is a kayak launch. Paddle up the estuary, through the pretty homes, past Rogers and onto the river. I did it last week, about six miles but lovely and free!
Also you can go to then Christian camp and they charge for you to go in and launch there. Way easier! Hardly on people and they get the money which is a good cause! The conditions to launch there are so much better. You can picnic there, they have rest rooms… that’s what we do… no parking problems. Rogers park is pack and hard to find parking…
5 days ago
ok so let's hear it... who are you and what got you into kayaking?
46, American/Canadian. Dad of 2. married 21 years today!
work injury nuked my pancreas and gifted me Type 1 Diabetes...so disease management got me back in a kayak.
now how about y'all?
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Mother of 3 my oldest daughter invited me to go.
33 I got into the hobby of fishing. But the shoreline and piers in Miami are just too crowded so kayaking gave me the ability to explore and fish in places not many people can access.
I built a stick & canvas kayak in the early 70s and have been paddling since.
We rented in Hawaii, then our Son had a Fly Fishing Shop & Sold them soooo, hooked ever since! Going to Snook Haven put in on the Myakka! Our favorite River!!
My college had a kayaking event at Weeki and rented kayaks for all the students interested. I was so nervous and almost chickened out last min, but I ended up loving it. So two weeks later I had bought my own 😁 gone every week since
48, and well, my husband and I love the water. But... Cannot paddle in sync. It was either get individual boats or divorce, lol.
36 and well obviously we live in FLorida and surrounded by water and love water activities don’t own a boat so we needed something and my boyfriend and I do not do well in a canoe together and we were tired of paying the outrageous prices to rent canoes with friends so we bought kayaks
My boyfriend’s labmates from school invited us to go a few months ago. I almost bailed because I have near-crippling social anxiety and I didn’t know a single one of them. I didn’t, though, and I’m so glad because that trip made me fall in love with paddling! It was just a really important moment for me because I overcame a big struggle and found a new hobby all at once ☺️
The whitewater rapids of Tennessee and North Georgia rivers made me jump into a kayak every weekend. I’m Yet to explore what sea kayaking is like
64, started as a social distancing hobby last year and it's been great! The sun, scenery, and wildlife is amazing plus you can throw 2 kayaks in the back of a pickup truck. All good!
44, German with MS. I have trouble walking, so going to our favorite beach is out (too much of a walk), but I still want to be outside and surrounded by water, so here I am with my first kayak, exploring the Gulf, rivers and springs along with my partner Kurtis Marsh
64, gave up riding sportbikes and adv bikes after 45 years. Trackdays were too inconvenient. Now I go as far out into the gulf as I have time for.
68 now and retired. A trio of backpacking buddies invited me on a 4-day winter kayak trip on the upper Suwannee River about 15 years ago. I had been canoeing for 30 years so I agreed to go with them in a kayak one of them would provide. The kayak was horrible, it rained constantly and I was soaked and chilly the whole time, the primitive campsites were seas of mud, and the food (which they had agreed to take care of) did not agree with me. When we got off the river in White Springs - in the pouring rain - my friends rather sheepishly asked if I would EVER consider going out with them again. I thought for a minute then said "Sure, but only after I get my own kayak." I went to a demo the next month, tried out every boat they had, and bought my first kayak - an Old Town Cayuga 145. And I've been kayaking ever since. 🙂
My college roommate about 3 to 5 years after college talked me into going to take a beginner class and white water kayaking somewhere around 1993 and 1995
3 days ago
Another beautiful sunset ... See MoreSee Less
I got to watch it set from my kayak tonight, it was wonderful!
5 days ago
Blue springs open for kayaks after a certain time….? Right now… ... See MoreSee Less
Blue springs in orange city can paddle until 11am
I was there not 2 weeks ago and the vendor there said nobody's allowed to kayak in it because of the construction
Only the manatee observer, but I did see some rubble rebels in a tandem sneak in. 🤣
Def under construction
You're going to find the area marked off as erosion control efforts are under way. It will likely be several months before the run is open to paddlers but the main spring swimming area is open.
3 days ago
Can someone tell me some good places to kayak near Cape Coral and ft. Myers please? Was going to go to Matlacha but they have a very bad algae bloom and it is pretty gross at every launch. Thanks in advance. Would like to see some wild life if possible! Dolphins are good too! Lol ... See MoreSee Less
If you head north to Charlotte Harbor, Ponce De Leon Park in PG is a good option. If you want to go further head out to Boca Grande, it's a bit of a drive but well worth it in my opinion. If you don't want to pay the $6 to get over the bridge launch at the foot of the Coral Creek Bridge and paddle across the sound, on a calm day it's a super easy paddle.
Judd Creek. Telegraph Creek
Orange river from Manatee Park, launch and head upriver(left).
We ended up paddling tarpon bay near Ding Darling in sanibel island. Thanks fir the suggestions.
3 days ago
Hello fellow paddlers.
Been in Fla going on a year now. Have paddled the waters where I’m at in Sarasota County. Now it’s time to branch out. Looking to do a getaway in the near future to paddle the clear waters of Crystal Springs. We also like to search out some wineries when we travel. If you know of any in the Crystal Springs area, please give me a name and I’ll do the rest. ... See MoreSee Less
Convenient store there has ice cold MD 20/20... and Ripple.... 👀... lol
Do you mean Crystal River area?
No no. I repeat, do NOT go on weekends, unless you are prepared to arrive around 7 am
Silver Glen springs, get some wheels and walk in from parking lot. Totally beautiful! Saw mama and two baby manatees. One other boat and a paddle boarder there
Chassawitzka River. Go early and preferably on a weekday
Weeki Wachee is just south (you’ll drive by if you go up 19) and also nice during the week
There’s a quaint little winery in Crystal River called Copp Winery and brewery. They have hand-crafted wines and beer. It doesn’t look like much on the outside but it’s adorable inside. Also...further south in Brooksville is a really cool distillery called NJoy Spirits Distillery. It’s quite an adventure to get there with its 5 mi bumpy road but well worth the experience once you arrive. DO NOT FOLLOW GPS! Be sure to read reviews and directions on their website. The property is beautiful....they even have a beer garden. The tour is very informative. Just a side note..Crackers is one of our favorite on the water restaurants. Have fun and I look forward to seeing your posts!😊
6 days ago
Edit: trips would be 4 hours max on a tandem
Thinking about getting this cooler. Any thoughts? ... See MoreSee Less
Looks weak for a cooler
Would be hard to reach if fastened on the seat back. Otherwise it would serve its intended purpose for a day trip.
Looks like it would be good for day trips for 1-2 people max
If space isn’t an issue for the price I would check out the Engel hard coolers I’ve had mine for 3 years and it’s still going strong. Fell off my truck one or two times at high speeds lol. They hold ice all day
I have the perception seat back cooler. For short day trips, it serves it's purpose
I love it
Never seen that but it looks great
Having the weight of the cooler up higher will make for a higher center of gravity might make the kayak a little more Tippy
Too hard to grab my beer...pass 😄
I keep one in front of me so that on long hauls without beaching up to anything, I can easily access my cooler. I keep what I don’t need but still have to carry items behind my seat because it tends to be a pain to reach around while floating. Seen people flip themselves trying to get what’s behind them and for long haul trips, in my opinion keep it simple in front of you.
Looks awesome for short trips with kids! My family goes out with 2 tandems, and this would be perfect on the backs of the kids seats!
As an aside, is this kind of seat compatible with a molded seat bottom tandem? It looks comfy.
That zipper will be hard to open when its behind you. I use a zipperless and its much easier.
I bought the backpack one that fits in the back of my yak. And for the record I’m not sure how I got the arrows in my video lol! 🤦♀️
Probably have an Ozark trail or igloo version cheaper than Amazon ,, but a cool idea for daytripping Meghan Steven
Nice love to get one of these. Keep my cooler behind me and have flipped trying to reach it.
3 days ago
Any tips for organizing your kayak? Mesh bags? Velcro? ... See MoreSee Less
Day trip? Overnight? Multi day?
Don’t take anything
Day trip, a place for easy access for things like chapstick, binoculars, snacks, etc
I take a small cooler, and some of these waterproof bags, since you can kinda adjust their size. Usually a waterproof box too. You can also buy a roll of velco pretty cheap too to secure stuff.
Small dry bag
I have a dry bag that attaches to the top of my cockpit. If you have a sit-in it is perfect if you have an sot a milk crate will do
Waterproof bag fo sho lol. Cooler with ice packs if you plan on keeping items cool for a long trip. Have some sort of line if you plan on tying up and resting so your kayak doesn’t drift off and you plan on swimming.
Motorcycle cargo nets from Harbor Freight bow and stern.
Thank you everyone 😊 I ended up just getting these
I have a mini cargo net in back that secures everything. Very handy modification.
My all time best deck bag. Designed by paddlers for paddlers. The GearLab Deck Pod. Very low profile so no windage problems, holds every thing I need for a day on the water. My FCT paddling partner uses the same one. One of it's best features is the clips that hold it to the kayak stay on the boat. (Just tuck the loose clips under a line so they don't flap around during transport.) So I can load up the bag at home with everything I need and once to the water just clip it on and go. Makes organization of all the littles - lip balm, snacks, day first aid kit, spare gloves, glasses, flares, airhorn, sun screen, head lamp, extra batteries, trash bag, VHF radio, etc. - very simple. Straps on the sides for bilge pump, p[addle float and/or water bottle. www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS922US922&sxsrf=ALeKk02A43mfcBIJSpNPMNvP3pzQJ7X9Iw:162350925...
3 days ago
First post! We just moved to Beverly Hills and have two kayaks. My wife is nervous about just dropping them in the water without some guidance. I've kayaked before, in both the ocean and some rivers. Anyone willing to meet up and do some "intro to kayaking" for us/her around here? ... See MoreSee Less
Load the meetup app on your phone and search for local kayaking groups. It will change your life. It certainly did mine. Good luck!
I learned from YouTube.
I thought Beverly Hills is in Cali?
The k p hole on the Rainbow River is a great place to start look up Marion County Parks no disposable items allowed on the river though no water bottles
If you can go during the week, I'll be happy to introduce y'all to the Silver River.
Always wear a good life jacket.
Come over to Dunedin and I will kayak with you guys to Caladesi/Honeymoon island any time.
I live in Inverness and go to Chassahowitzka and Rainbow quite a bit. 2 very different paddles. Not gonna be on the water this weekend, but would definitely meet up sometime.
Check with me in July, we do the Chassawitzka frequently. Preferably on a weekday, weekends can be crazy there
Lake Hernando right down the road from you. Perfect place to practice.
Always wear a good life jacket.
5 days ago
Just bought my first. Saved a couple of bucks and bought used. Can’t wait to get out on the water !! ... See MoreSee Less
Nice ! I have one they are awesome! Enjoy!
We bought used kayaks to try out first too.
I have the same kayak it's stable enough to throw your cast net and stand up and Fish on only downfall is kind of heavy the paddle but you get used to that enjoy
1 week ago
Photos from Outdoors with CW's post ... See MoreSee Less
Excellent post based on experience. I'm seeing more and more SOTs (and paddle boards) on the water tricked out with additions that raise the COG too high for the rapidly changing weather and water conditions we frequently have in Florida waters.
6 days ago
My 2 chihuahuas love to go kayaking! I started out just using towels on the front & back of my sit-on kayak. They hold lots of water! Then cleaning out my garage, I found a yoga mat. I cut it to be the shape of the front & back and put it under the elastic cross-cross straps and my girls have no issues going around me and standing. They look like “Rose” from Titanic as they stand on the front with their noses to the wind! ... See MoreSee Less
Mine will sit wherever she feels is most sturdy at the moment lol
My chihuahua lays down under a damp towel and sleeps while I paddle.
My chihuahua does not like water or getting wet. Plus she does not like the heat. So I do not try taking her. I think that is sweet that your chihuahuas go with you and enjoy it
Our Cats loved Kayaking with us in Colorado, I’m not taking them here, one jumps in the water! BAIT!
My Chihuahua hates the water, but then again, she hates everything and everyone. 🤷♀️ Yours are so adorable!!!
I was looking for a solution for this thank you!
Doesn’t get any cuter than this. Fur babies make the best crew mates
They are super cute, but don't you worry about the gators? That's why I'm afraid to take my little ones. 😍
They are so adorable💕
The grand pup went for the first time and loved it! She’s a Jack-Chi
7 days ago
Show me pictures of how you personalized you’re kayaks!! Just bought my first yesterday and it matches my husbands. They aren’t anything fancy but I’d like to make mine stand out. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
I get cheap touristy stickers for every place I paddle and put them on my yak. It encourages me to paddle new places and fun way to meet new people when they see a sticker from where they are from
Buy a different color
Go Bolts ⚡️⚡️⚡️🏒🏒🏒
We get stickers from places we kayak and put them on it
I've always thought about making stencils for a vessel name and using an aquatic paint to fill them in.
Also my kayak came with LEDs installed by the previous owner and it looks super simple to do
I use a paint pen on mine! To make it more girly.
Boyfriend and I have the same exact ones as well I named mine .
My whole little fleet has a W on the port side bow lol. Very easy to pick out at a distance. So if you're in the Keys and you see me, wave hi please FKC brethren!
But only two have the illest decals out. They look nice, wouldn't you agree?
Following for interest!
Now I want to decorate my kayak...
I painted all the screw heads on my kayak pink 😊
Tampa Bay Lightning 🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮
We added seats and storage bags ,and put the Elastic chords on the front and back and added tie loops for tie Downs .we added cup holders, and paddle holders. Got a cute sticker for the front
We named ours mom dad
Stickers, Lotsa stickers
If I have 2 of anything it’s always Cuff and Link😎 yo
4 days ago
Looking for good runs that would include clear springs to swim in. Don’t want to do Rainbow because no where to get in and out since it is all private land. Have done Santa Fe numerous times looking for something new. Any ideas? ... See MoreSee Less
The Suwanee has several springs tucked off to the side like the Santa Fe
Silver Glen is beautiful
Weeki wachi has some nice spots to beach up to
4 days ago
The Chaz was great today. Very few people were out early. By 11 am it was hopping. ... See MoreSee Less
beautiful pictures Flo!
Nice pics, I really enjoy this river
Stunning pics! The first time i went there the water level was high and i was able to paddle all of the way to the end of the Crack and i was the only one there. It was amazing and completely serene
What is the manufacturer of your back up paddle holders? Handy.
Where did you launch from?
Great pics!!! That’s what I love about paddling in the am, peaceful and tranquil. We paddlers can go where boats can not. Wildlife untouched by the human hands......
Where did you launch from
Loved your photos!
3 days ago
Heading out to Chaz tomorrow anyone else going? ... See MoreSee Less
4 days ago
Gulf Coast Red Tide Update
NOAA predicts south winds will likely continue to move the Red Tide bloom north which is a heads up for Clearwater, Dunedin/Honeymoon Island. Information and updates on Red Tide is available on the Pinellas County website: www.pinellascounty.org/environmental/red-tide.htm ... See MoreSee Less
Cindy Moore Mims
I went over to the beach yesterday and it has made its way to Indian Rocks so it’ll be making it’s way to Clearwater next 😞
This is so upsetting!! We want to go to fort desoto State Park tomorrow what do you think are the levels still low or medium there?
So much for using my pass to take my pup on morning swims... 😩
I guess we’ll have to stick to springs and rivers 😞
Thank the lobbyists for protecting Big Sugar....your votes count
5 days ago
Anyone know how much it is to park and launch at Rogers Park? I can’t find it on their website. I’m wondering we have to have cash or if a card will work. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less
Ten dollars. They installed a pay station
So this park is up the road from Rogers park. Parking is free and you can launch your kayak from there and get to the springs.
I paid $10
No cost to launch there but parking fee ( minimal) and they take cards . A parking fee machine …
Ridiculous! Some one should complain about these prices for Florida residents! We are snow birds. Our town put a launch in our local park. Free to all!
Does anyone know the container rules?
5 days ago
A few years ago I took my ex-girlfriend kayaking for her first time. She asked if they flipped and I said you had to be really dumb to flip my bulky ass kayaks...she flipped the damn thing! Lost her $800 phone in the murky waters and here I was dealing with her, her lost cellphone and a brown water snake that got spooked by the whole deal. #ThrowbackThursday #tbt ... See MoreSee Less
See why she is a ex😂
Ya she had to go. Lol
Flipping a kayak is rare but it does happen. I always tell people to make sure everything on your kayak is attached by a string to the kayak including your phone waterproof case. Let me share the worst disaster I’ve had with my friends Kayaking. I took a group out to the sandbar at Haulover Miami going out of Oleta Park. It was a group from my Meetup group. Three of them decided to rent a canoe instead of a kayak and filled it up with cases of beer. I advised against this but we’re all adults. Securing everything fell on deaf ears. We all had a great time out on the sandbar and then slowly some of the girls started going back because they were in rentals. But a lot of us stayed behind. The three in the canoe while heading back to the park while crossing deep water one of them decided to stand up in the canoe and dance flipping it. A boater stopped to help them and that’s why we saw it being pulled. As I was kayaking back to Oleta’s area for people that used their own kayak. I see the canoe being pulled upside down by a power boat and the three girls that were in the canoe are in the power boat zooming away. Hung out at Oleta Park for a bit calling them but it went straight to voicemail. Found out the next day what happened. OMG! The three of them lost everything. Phones, keys, shoes, wallets. The only thing they didn’t lose was the swimwear they had on. By the time they got back to the car the park was closed. They had to walk barefoot about a mile to beg someone to use a phone. Without a phone they had to use a cab that for an $80 ride home but the other two girls lost their car keys too so all of them were now stuck at the home were their two cars were. The car at the park had to be towed to the BMW dealership to get reprogrammed for a key/fob. It’s a BMW thing. The other two girls had to get a locksmith for their cars. All three of them lost their phones plus all of them had to get replacement IDs and credit cards and everything. The one with the BMW said between cab rides and towing and everything it set her back around 3 grand.
Took a buddy out kayak fishing. He has never been in a kayak. I told him, don’t worry you’ll never flip this hobie outback. About 3 minutes later he flips it. All our gear at the bottom. I understand your Payne lol
Saved you from a hefty divorce and alimony 😂
I got One more. Never kayak with hatches open. A small group of us went out kayaking. One of the kayaks was a tandem and it had a big hatch area between the seats and removed the hatch and put a cooler there instead. Kayak was loaded with all their fishing gear along with everything else. They flipped lost everything. Plus because the hatch was out of the kayak it filled with water and was slowly sinking. We managed to drag the kayak to the rocky area under a bridge and re-float it enough for them to get back in and we towed them back to the launch area as their paddles were also lost. Personally I use a paddle leash. Many kayakers are against a paddle leash but I’ve used one for many years now and I’m a strong believer in the paddle leash. It’s almost impossible to chase down a paddle without a paddle to paddle. But much worse if you are in the water trying to hang onto your kayak.
Your better of without her!! Lol
Gee wonder why she's your ex
I said that once, you can’t dump this bulky kayak. With in seconds I flipped it over, I about died laughing. Only time I ever dumped a sit on 😂
I've never flipped mine. I do sit on tops. My 15 year old flipped a sit in. But getting in it.
Guess there's more than one way to get rid of someone! LOL
I have learned to never say never. lol
Is there supposed to be a pic with this post? That would be a good one
5 days ago
So can you see bioluminescence near tampa if so where ... See MoreSee Less
There was a few tours in the safety harbor area last year, but I didn't go personally. I headed over to the Haulover canal, much less light pollution.
Used to see it years or should I say eons ago on Davis Island ☺️
I'm glad you asked about this
Safety Harbor. Saw it last year mid-August
Safety Harbor was amazing a few nights last year
Tonight is a paddle in Safety Harbor!! 8 to 10! Idk the group but I think its SUP group and all is welcome
FT Deaoto if the conditions are right
Wandering Adventures does bio paddles in the area.
If Pornhub actually gave 36K we'd all be on there lol
What should I be looking for 😄🤣
I’m dead!!! 😂🤣😂🤣 No judgement here!!! LMBO
If only I could get that much.
Me in the video
How would even recognize your ass if we only see it in a kayak! Lol
for how many video .
Lov it !!
if only! support my onlyfans i need a new kayak too
3 days ago
After a few years of the dumb kayak/girlfriend incident, I was kayaking in the same area. Then a couple of young adult girls arrived with a paddle board and I told them the story about my ex-girlfriend flipping her kayak after I told her it would have to be a dumb person to flip a kayak and they chuckled...then one of them flipped the paddleboard...I was out of there in a split second! ... See MoreSee Less
6 days ago
How hard is navigate pedal kayak if using paddle. I’m leaning towards buying pedal kayak i also can use in shallow waters with paddles. I’m beginner. Appreciate all advices. ... See MoreSee Less
It’s about the same as any other kayak. You just have to pull the rudder up
It all depends on the kayak. Some pedal kayaks paddle nice, others don't. Try before you buy if possible.
If you have a rudder, that's a plus. My 2020 Outback with the drive out and the rudder up was a bear to paddle.
The hobie mirage drive can be used in shallow waters
Heavy and not worth the trouble unless you cannot paddle in my opinion. Unless you are just going to open water to fish, makes sense there.
My outback paddles just fine. However it is on the heavy side. But I’ve paddled it for a few miles before after getting stuck on a super low tide. No biggie. I do believe that hobie makes the best peddle kayaks. Now since their patent ran out more people are copying the drive. That drive to me is the best.
I love my Hobie Revolution. I alternate between paddling and peddling unless I go play in the mangroves somewhere. Then I just pull the drive out, put the plug in and paddle. I had neck surgery and still have a little bit of nerve deficit on the right, so I have to give my arm a break after a while. I'm not sure I'd have made a different choice even if I didn't need it, though. Still suggest you go somewhere that lets you try before you buy.
I can "pedal" my Hobie Mirage in 6 inches of water.
I have a Hobie Mirage Sport and it sucks in shallow water. Gets stuck everywhere even if I pull the drive. It has an old rudder that doesn’t flip up all the way. The new ones might be better but I only take this one out in deeper water. On the other hand it is crazy fun. Paddles, pedals and sails!
No offense, but peddle kayaks are more a novelty thing than anything. They tend to be heavy and some drives can get tangled up in weeds. If your goal is to get a full body workout on the water, it might make sense. If your goal is to race or do long-distance exploring or paddle with an experienced paddling group, it might not be a good choice.
Pedal kayaks are widely used by fishermen as they are a very stable platform. What makes them stable makes them tougher to paddle. You will need a longer shafted paddle to reach over the sides. I fish with several pedal yakers and all of them stow a paddle for those times.
A Hobie Revolution, it pedals, it paddles. Both rather nicely. Some uninformed kayak "purists" are on this thread, amusing. The best answer is test test test.
Best response is try before you buy. Listen to the opinions but try for yourself.
Thanks all for your suggestions,I will try few options before buy.
I have a outback and can get along fine in 8” of water with the fins. You just use a flutter kick rather than full pumps. I use mine for fishing so as far as being a novelty item, I say BS. It makes paddling fun.
As far as paddling, it’s definitely heavier than a traditional kayak and more difficult. But I rarely ever need to paddle.
Skip the pedal kayak. Needs deep water. Hard to steer with paddles and your hands are busy so thumb rudder is useless.
3 days ago
Anyone know of any good places in Port St Lucie? Just got our kayak and went out for the first time today in South bend lakes. ... See MoreSee Less
4 days ago
New to Palm Bay and looking for some places to kayak ? ... See MoreSee Less
4 days ago
From coast to coast between Gainesville and Orlando, what’s your favorite place to paddle? I’m looking for a new adventure next week. Thanks not Wiki Wachee, Three Sisters, or the Rainbow. We have done those a ton. ... See MoreSee Less
Rum Island in High Springs, upriver to Poe and beyond, spring hopping and floating back.
Silver River hands down.
Juniper is on my list to do soon.
The Silver is always good. Juniper Creek run altho you need to provide your own boat & shuttle and be prepared. Tomoka is nice on the east coast. Further north, but the Santa Fe river from US 441 to SR 47 is a nice, easy paddle. And almost any section of the Suwannee.
Chassahowitzka, for sure.
5 days ago
Somewhat of a silly question...
But how does kayaking on the springs work? I know many will park down river, get an escort upriver then paddle back to their vehicles (or the inverse of this) but is it practical to park downriver, paddle up, then paddle/float down back to your ride? My only experience is with ocean kayaking and would love to try something different (while keeping mostly self-reliant/carbon neutral). I should mention I'm in a 15.6' touring kayak. I'd love to hear your experiences and recommendations! ... See MoreSee Less
I ALWAYS paddle up river first as I never have a 2nd vehicle parked anywhere. If the river is too swift to paddle up river then I go to a different one. That has only happened once with the Hillsborough river. I don't know if its because a dam was open or if it was after some heavy rains but after 15 minutes of hard paddling and not moving more than 500 yards, I took the kayak out and drove back down to the Alafia.
Lots of people park then paddle upstream-especially with a yak like that! I regularly do the entire Weeki Wachee upstream then down and same for Rainbow, Silver, and Ichetucknee. Silver and Ichetucknee are certainly an ass kicking for me but that’s in a sit on top 14’9” scupper pro or (even more of an ass kicking) lately a paddle board
Depends on the flow, Weeki wachee for example isn’t bad if going upriver on high tide, but on low or outgoing it’s more difficult. Also heavy traffic coming downstream makes going up really suck. Generally going with the flow makes for more enjoyable trips
With a rig like that you should be fine going up stream in most of our rivers ..My advice is going up stream once your tired take the relaxing float back down river
I paddle the Santa Fe often, and though I usually do downstream, upstream is very doable. I avoid weekends and holidays if I go by the hot spots like Ginnie Springs
Most Florida paddlers are novices paddling short inefficient boats, so the tendency is to launch at the spring and ride the current downstream then catch a shuttle back to the top. At most springs, a proficient paddler in a decent touring boat won't have any problem launching at the bottom and paddling up and back. There are a couple of springs where this is a bit harder and maybe one (Juniper) where it would be difficult. I mostly do up and pack paddles but on occasion use my prepositioned bicycle to ferry back to the launch to get my truck.
I paddle upstream at Weeki Wachee (I start at rogers park) then I take the current back downstream back to my car. I will say be careful where you go with a Yak that long, I have a 16 ft kayak and took it to juniper springs.... worse choice of my life.... too winding for it, kept getting stuck. I honestly did not forsee myself being able to finish it (it was all downstream) but I did it (it took 7 hours....) It's a great Yak for somewhere like Weeki Wachee though, don't have much issue paddling upstream. Went on a day where it was 11 MPH winds (at Weeki), went upstream and had no issues.
That’s probably the perfect kayak to go up Silver Springs and then back down to Ray Wayside park
Thanks everyone for such awesome replies! Saving this whole thread for my next trip!
It really just depends in the spring run or river. Some are easy up-and-backs and some aren't, some have shuttle services and some don't, some it's easy to set up your own shuttle and some it's more difficult. It all depends on the location.
At alll rivers, including spring fed rivers and spring runs, you have to go with what's available. There's no single rule that works everywhere. Some have liveries that offer shuttle services, some have multiple, some have none. Some have only one good place to put in, some have dozens. And some have "hidden" or "secret" put ins. So it varies greatly. Your best bet is to search or ask here about whichever specific place you're looking at.
I paddle upstream all the time, sometimes for 4-4 1/2 hours to get to the spring. One particular river there is a much closer ramp but I like the long float back. Any way I can save money and get out there by myself is a good way for me.
It all depends on how long the run is. If the run is 5hours downstream then I only have enough time to go that way. If it's a shorter run, I go both ways. I love a good challenge so I get frustrated when it's a easy run!
5 days ago
Figured many of you may know, where can i take my dogs to the ocean? Without needing a permit! Yep im aware of the risk of salt water we'll be ok just wanted to take our dogs out... ... See MoreSee Less
Fort Island Gulf Beach, Crystal River. Bird Creek Boat Ramp in Yankeetown.
I've never heard of a permit. You just need to find a dog beach. . Plenty around
Lighhouse park, dog beach, New Smyrna
What part of FL are you in?
Gulf Would be way better Not Atlantic side What county?
You need a permit???
Within a mile of the pier in Panama City Beach its dog beach
Please be careful ! Many areas of Florida have red tide now. It will make your dogs very sick even though the media is not telling people .
You shouldnt need a permit, they should have their tags on tho so u have proof of shots.
Ft.DeSoto dog beach. Best ever!
Ft Desoto has a dog beach. Here in the panhandle we get away with pretty frequently, beaches aren’t as dense
Google search “dog beach near me” or “dog beach near <insert location here>”. You’ll need to share your location in your post in order to get specific input from the group. There are simply too many beaches in FL.
Flagler County allows dogs everywhere except the pier and state parks. There's a huge dog park at New Smyrna Dunes.
Congratulations! You rock!
Honeymoon Island (Dunedin (tampa area) has a dog beach.
Took ours to Fort Desoto Sunday, no leash required there.
You don’t need a permit. Just find a dog beach.
A dog beach current vaccines and if not fixed don't bring a b**** in heat
Sanibel is dog friendly
Melbourne has one and new smyrna
St johns county beaches are dog friendly but mst be leashed 😊
Make sure you take plenty of fresh drinking water for them❗
Just spe t the weekend in Fernandina Beach very dog friendly
5 days ago
Going to the little manatee river this weekend for the fist time.
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When you’re done, be sure to visit taqueria el sol for some delicious tacos! 702 Railroad st. Wimauma, Fl.
Don’t drown, please.
Do not pet the alligators.
I did the lower portion from Canoe Outpost about a month ago. A little shallow in a few places, but a beautiful river nonetheless. Enjoy your trip.
4 days ago
Have you heard that Lake Jackson has emptied via its sinkhole? Join DEP, FWC and LJAP for a trash clean up in the mud this Saturday morning at 9. Meet at Faulk Landing and bring water, mud boots, and gloves if you have them. There will be plastic bags or reusable mesh bags, a few trash tongs, extra gloves, information, and water coolers (under a tent). FWC Boating and Waterways persons are helping to man the situation. They will stay until it gets too hot, or the trash runs out.
If you're interested in learning more about this periodical natural event here in Leon County, this is a great chance to talk to some experts on the ground. ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
Has anyone on here done the Bayport- Linda Pedersen paddling trail over in spring hill?
Considering giving it a try on Wednesday seeing it is by where I live, instead of weeki again this week. ... See MoreSee Less
Yes, it is pretty nice and well marked. You can find a nice chart online called the Coastal Paddling Trail, it is also called Jenkins Creek.
As Jim says nice well marked trail. Made the trip a few times. The launch in Linda Pedersen Park is very nice and easy. Bring your sunscreen little to no shade especially compared to Weeki
Does anyone know if the water is somewhat clear to go swimming?
5 days ago
I am traveling to Cudjoe Key next week and taking our kayaks. Any recommendations on where to launch? Musts? We love to get out and snorkel as well. We have never been so all suggestions and recommendations are welcomed! ... See MoreSee Less
There is a launch on the bay side of Summerland Key, nice kayak spot. Also the boat launch next to the blimp spot (Blimp Road) on Cudjoe has good kayaking.