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2 days ago
Hmmm. I guess not today! ... See MoreSee Less
Give it a try anyways? 🤷♂️
That's another form of white water kayaking I guess.
I thought that was seafoam at first!
This doesn't seem like Florida. 🤣
I think you're looking for the Texas group...
Last week was nice kayak weather here in St Petersburg Florida 🚣🏽♀️🧜♀️🐬
This doesn’t happen in Florida 🤪😂🥰
This is Fla kayaking, not Alaska kayaking. LOL.
Ohh snow ❄️.
You must be in North Florida
3 days ago
Does anyone have experience with a inflatable kayak and inflatable paddle board? I just bought one of each and we are excited to get out in them but I recently read some comments in another group that you should not use the inflatables they will leave you stranded 😳 I'm already scary I would just die if I was out by myself with the kids and one popped! They both look to be very durable tough material 🤷♀️ Lol any advice or safe places to use them? Pics in comments ... See MoreSee Less
Stay away from oyster beds, they will do some damage.
Depends where you go, really...downed trees can be sharp as can oyster bars. I dont have an inflatable for those reasons...but they are very popular and people have had success with them ... use them in clear water and stay away from edges where debris might be is my advice
Always check them before you go out. My first was an inflatable kayak and I literally wore it out. Used it almost every weekend for 2 years. Fresh water, salt water, didn’t make a difference. Take care of it and it will give you many happy adventures.
After my experience I will say don’t buy cheap. We just bought Bote Zeppelin and are amazed! Worth every penny of 1100. Plus extras. Bought a cheap inflatable last year. It was fun to see if we wanted to spend the money. Lol. There is a reason they are priced the way they are.
I swear by the advanced elements inflatable kayaks. They are amazing and resilient. and like with any type of kayak, inflatable or not you need to be smart about the sort of underwater obstacles you are around. This is the single - alnk.to/2QpbVyu - since you've already bought one, take a look at the specs on this kayak and see how the one you've purchased measures up. Check out the number of compartments and the material. This is seriously the best inflatable kayak on the market. And here's the link to the tandem - alnk.to/6TsCuj8
Make sure the winds are low (10mph or less) after you check for air leaks.
Watch out for sticks and alligators.
Depends where you're kayaking. Big open water or a place with submerged hazards. Those intex prob won't have any issues unless you bump into some sharp stuff. I ride a super long boat myself (sea eagle fasttrack 465) so that if any other boats are damaged or if someone gets injured, the affected person can ride with me and we either tow their boat behind my kayak or leave it behind to get later. Intex is OK but yeah there are ones with much stronger material. Take the pump with you and some sheathing tape for patching and damages
My wife has the Advanced Elements kayaks, and I have a Wow paddleboard. We love them both. Never lost air or has an issue
I have a Blackfin Model X and I have 100% confidence in it. Don't buy cheap, stick with quality equipment and you won't have an issue.
Just be aware of rocks and oyster bars
A quality inflatable should be able to bounce off rocks and most obstacles.
I have an inflatable kayak that I use everywhere when camping or hiking. Never had a problem. I bought it from Walmart for $85 so it’s not a super expensive one and I’ve had it for 3 years
Just use some common sense. Check for damage before you leave. Stay away from shell/oyster beds, sharp rocks and sharp broken branches on downed trees. Which means research your trip ahead of time to avoid these things. Wear a PFD. Don't go alone. Take the pump and patch kit with you. Tons of people have inflatables (even the "cheap" ones) and do just fine. There is a huge range of paddling experiences out there and inflatables are just fine for a certain sub-set of those experiences. Don't let the nay-sayers deter you, just use your head.
We have both ( sea eagle) and never had a problem- take the pump with you !
Have owned two Sevylor inflatables, both here and in VT for the last 2 years. I am ready for an upgrade!! Its fine if you are paddling around the edge of a lake with no place to be, but anything else leaves you tired from paddling. If you want to buy my inflatable (no damage whatsoever, like new), am happy to sell to you!
I have a K1 challenger and my philosophy with it is if people can tune the river I feel comfortable taking it especially since I almost always go alone. Always wear my vest and bring the pump. One time I had to tow it with my friend in it because (surprise) she couldn’t paddle the rental upstream and it hit some downed tree at in the ichetucknee and still works great. Absolutely love it. Plus you can essentially tube down river if you want LOL.
I have a tandem K2 explorer. Love it! Make sure to take your pump with you.
2 days ago
It's a gorgeous day to be kayaking ... See MoreSee Less
2 days ago
Silver Springs ... See MoreSee Less
Was there yesterday had a great float
Nice it seems better go during the week less busy on the springs
3 days ago
Silver River ... See MoreSee Less
Awesome pics! 👍
Beautiful and stunning pictures!
These are awesome!! And I know these are difficult shots to get. 🙌🏼 great work.
Well done 👍
Absolutely stunning! Practice makes perfect📸
Gorgepus but not sure I could do night time kayaking I like to see what's about to eat mw
Beautiful pictures! I would be so scared!
Great photos but also eerie!!! 🥸
OMG, that is amazing. I'm still afraid to take my SLR out on the water and you're shooting at night! I'm in awe.
WoW great picture of the moon
So eerily beautiful....
2 days ago
I'm going back to Rainbow River in Dunellon Fl on Saturday March 20th, putting in at KP hole. Anyone want to join me? ... See MoreSee Less
I WANT to, I just live in Jersey 😭
I would love to! But going on a short camping trip that week. 😬
Where is Rainbow river?
How do you transport your kayak by yourself? I can’t lift it on top of my jeep onto the J hooks we got. This keeps me from going kayaking and it’s breaking my heart.
How many mile paddle is this? TY
Oh yes, i have wanted to do Rainbow I’m def up for this ‼️ March 20 th
I would love too! How long is the river??!
6 days ago
I have been on a lifestyle change, and weight loss journey since September 2020. One of my goals was to lose enough weight to go kayaking with my amazing wife! Well... Last weekend we purchased our first kayaks, and are planning our first outing tomorrow! So if you see an overweight 7’ tall man either sinking, or paddling in circles, just remember... We all have to start somewhere! Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!!! ... See MoreSee Less
We have FeelFrees, too.
You got this!!! And will love doing it!
Good on ya!
You will love it! And keep up the good work, I’m one year into losing and I feel so much better! Have fun
Congratulations! Enjoy the many adventures together!
Congratulations! Keep at it and have fun!
That's awesome, it will only take you about 10 minutes to figure out how to paddle and guide your kayak where you want it. My husband and I started kayaking last month for me to lose weight
Wow that is totally awesome!
Congratulations on your new journey. Enjoy kayaking and seeing dome beautiful places
🙌🏽 Congrats and N’Joy.
You got this, you are going to love it
This is awesome! Thanks for cheering me up this morning, and have a blast kayaking! It’s a little hard at first but it’s such a great feeling to get the paddle down and your flow!
Great job!! Keep it up!
Best of luck! Speaking of your height, I’m 6’6. I m more comfortable on my sup because of the leg room if ya know what I mean
You’ve got this! Congratulations!
Amazing!! Have a fun and safe trip! You will love it!
That is so awesome!!
Yes!!! Enjoy you’ll love it! Welcome to the community we are glad you are here ❤️🖤
3 days ago
Satire ... See MoreSee Less
Does it come in Green/White ranger?
Is it sticky? I bet its sticky. If not, it will be.
Does it come a few sizes too small? Really hoping for a snug fit to accentuate the unit.
2 days ago
Soooooooo.... for my last paddle in Florida I’ve chosen The Chaz! This Thursday the 4th. Any paddle buddies/adventurers out there?? Love to do the paddle with someone that knows the river.... or loves to explore! I need to rent, so I included the campground I’m going to call tomorrow for a rental. Also... thank you to this awesome community!❤️ ... See MoreSee Less
Check the tides to make sure you get to see most of the river.
3 days ago
What an amazingly positive response I received from my first post in this group! How awesome!!! Thank you all for the kind words and encouragement! Yesterday was my first outing and it was... Well, let’s just say I have a long way to go. I am however looking forward to getting out again very soon and conquering this new found hobby. Please enjoy some pictures of my misadventures, I did flip over a few times, but unfortunately for y’all no pics were taken of that. 😁 Happy Monday 💪🏻 ... See MoreSee Less
What an accomplishment!
Keep it up!
Jeffrey Holley you may want to check out something like this. There are loads of blade adjustment options. I am not an expert so someone else may step in here (please), but it can make a load of difference in your experience on the water. 😊https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1p7EW04RKAk
Being on the water is one of the best feelings. And awesome exercise for you, keep going.
Your journey has only just begun!! Keep practicing and don't lean too far in either direction, stay in shallow waters until you get a little more confident. Look at that happy smile on your wife's face!! Looks like you both had a good time!
If balance becomes an issue you can always install a set of inflatable outriggers on your kayak until you get more proficient.
I don't know you but I sure know your heart! Way to go and may the wind be at your back (both ways..LOL). Keep on keepin' on..
We're all so happy for you!
Awesome! Glad y’all had fun! Keep practicing and you’ll get more comfortable every time out.
Yea! You did it! The fun is just beginning!
Super excited for you and your wife! Perfect timing too with summer approaching. It won’t take long for you to get the hang of it. I would suggest steering clear of deep water until you know you won’t flip again. I personally cannot get back in my kayak if I can’t touch the bottom. Those a little more agile than me probably can. I have a sit inside too and that makes a difference.
Congratulations it’s awesome to see the willingness to get out of your comfort zone I do not know you but I am proud of you
That's awesome 👏
Congratulations! You got this! And you can’t beat the scenery!
Enjoy it, glad you had fun even if you flipped, lot of us have been there too lol
Glad y'all had fun.
Pics or it didn't happen. Guess you stayed upright after all! 😁
Looks good to me!!! What matters most is that you enjoyed it and you learn as you go!!! Have fun with it!🌸
These beginning misadventures is what will make for great stories! Keep on enjoying the wind in your hair and the water beneath your feet.
I am glad you are just out there having fun. Every day you pick up something new.
Super glad you had a good time! Check out lake Norris /black water creek. Local and soooo fun!
Isn’t it fun?!?!?!
6 months ago
Is there a style of kayak that has a chair where you can sit like in a chair with your legs hanging down, not straight In front of you? Due to back surgery, my husband can’t sit with his legs flat and straight out. I love kayaking but have not been able to go because it’s too painful for my husband. I don’t want to go alone. He enjoys it but it’s just too painful. ... See MoreSee Less
Try a canoe.
Look at native ultimates kayak/canoe hybrid
Check out the Kaku Voodoo and Zulu. Both have amazing seats.
Look for a boat with a suspension style seat. Just keep in mind the higher you sit the more unstable the boat becomes. so look for a boat that is 34-36" wide.
Higher center of gravity isn't such a great idea in a kayak
Take a look at the Vibe Shearwater. It has a chair you can move up and down. You can even stand in it.
Canoe. Some are made of the same material as a kayak. I love mine
Seems I did see some at Estero River Outfitters in Estero Florida. Awesome place great staff 😎❤️🇺🇸
Canoe for you! It will be great... enjoy.
NuCanoe has really high chairs. Forget the name, they are kayaks. I own the Frontier 12 and it is super stable and chair isn’t very comfortable. Www.nucanoe.com
A Bote Deus or Lono both sit high without the instability issue.
Jackson brand kayaks has a chair type style
Michelle, I am in this dilemma too. One of the main things that cause me the most pain is sitting (or standing) for any length of time. I would recommend trying a Hobie mirage drive boat. The seat is higher, as with most SoT boats, but the difference isn’t really in the seat. It’s the motion. With my legs in motion, it actually helps keep my back loose. Not trying to pretend that it will work for your husband, but it might. Find yourself a local Hobie dealer and go through their demo program. You can usually spend a few hours in the boat and get to know it before buying.
We have Hurricane skimmer SOT 140. We both have had lumbar back surgeries, husband has lumbar fusion. We chose hurricane kayaks because they are very light weight making it easier to load/unload. The 14 ft skimmer 140 is 52 lbs my daughter's skimmer 11.6 ft is 42 lbs. The new skimmer 116 first class has a higher seat and weights only 43 lbs. The sweetwater 128 also has a higher seat and 52 lbs. We used a dealer that let us try 5 different kayaks before purchasing, Orchid Island bikes and kayaks in Vero beach. hurricaneaquasports.com/our-kayaks/sit-on-tops/
My daughter has this Perception Hi Life part kayak part SUP. Tracks really well with good stability but it's faster standing than seating. www.perceptionkayaks.com/us/kayaks/hi-life-110
Kaku voodoo and Zulu. I have the voodoo and it is so comfortable
I have a FeelFree Moken 12.5 V2 and the seat has 2 different heights. FeelFree also has the Lure and those seats are incredibly comfortable too. The green one is the stadium style seat.
I have a bonafide and my back is pretty bad. This kayak is very comfortable and allows me to stand and stretch as well.
My husband has back issues as well. We just got a Kahu Voodoo he loves the seat and the fact that you can stand up and move about when you want to. Kahukayak.com
They make a stand up that also has a seat .
Awesome information y’all. Thanks!!!
Vibe sea ghost 130 I think “34 wide 13’ long
3 days ago
Looking to get out and paddle on Friday I’m in Central Florida who’s going to be on the water where? ￼ ... See MoreSee Less
Wish I were there!! Keep me posted on future adventures. I get down that way a couple times a year.
Is that a shirt?lol
Hillsboro River in the morning
Dope ass hat lmfao
Is that a BOTE inflatable kayak? If so, how do you like it? I just bought one 😊
Record highs!!!! 😁
Are you in the Kayaking Florida 420 😁friendly group? If not, you should be. 😅
3 days ago
Hubby and I wanna take spring break trip kayaking. We are from North Florida but want to experience some other parts of our beautiful state. Help us out! We are fairly new to kayaking so we prob wouldn’t take real challenging trips. But please tell us some really neat places to kayak (lodging info would be helpful too). Thx! ... See MoreSee Less
Pine Island north of Ft Myers is really nice. Only downside is the amount of boat traffic but if you stay close to shore it's really an awesome place to paddle.
We camped at Hart Springs..drove to Silver Springs, Manatee Springs and Otter Springs this past weekend. Great trip!!
Ginnie springs. Wekiva. Devils den.
Crystal River rainbow River
The Chassahowitzka River campground! Kayak and camp at the same place!
What part of north Fl? We are in Pensacola, have done Wakulla, econfina, vortex, Ponce de Leon (didn’t kayak, just visited), cypress springs, silver springs. This summer I’m doing a girls trip to rainbow, Crystal, Homossa and weeki wachi. I would love to know some others that are closer for day trips though!
Crystal River has Ozello, nearby to Chassakowitzka and Rainbow Springs, Hunter Springs, and of course King’s Bay and Crystal River itself. You could spend two weeks here, and never paddle all of the rivers and springs.
Where is kings bay is that by the plantation
3 days ago
New to the group and kayaking. I am looking to buy 3. Where should I look? I need 3 cheap ones. Lol ... See MoreSee Less
Start with Marketplace.
Sam’s club. They have a lifetime kayak for $189 new. It’s clearly nothing fancy but it’ll get you on the water reliably
Where are you located? I’m going to be selling mine - Orlando area.
Don’t let anyone shame you into buying expensive ones or talk down the cheap ones. Go to Walmart or Sam’s and get the cheap ones. they float. Then you’ll learn what you like and what you don’t want and you can always resell those later!
Im selling mine in broward. Used once. Still has tags on. Pm for details. $300.
Tractor supply or rural King. Walmart usually has a few as well
We just bought two of the $188 Pelicans from Walmart. Working well so far and was light enough for me to carry by myself. My sister had lifetime and one of our friends does also. The seat broke on all of them.
I can't suggest the Perception Swifty enough for an inexpensive, entry level kayak. I have a smaller, more expensive touring kayak, but I still love going out in my Swifty if the water is calm.
Walmart if you want “cheap”
All I can say is we started with the ones from Sam’s and upgraded... whichever way to go make sure you have a good weight limit for you and whatever else you are wanting to carry on them and get good PFD and Whistles.
Vanhunks.com. they are in sarasota and are the distributors for the country so you buy direct
You get what you pay for and it really depends on how you plan to use them. I know people that have cheap Walmart kayaks and they love them, however those are also the people that aren't typically paddling 8-10+ miles or fishing from them. Yes, they float, but you'll see. Personally, not a chance I'd use one of those cheap 9' 'yaks, but to each their own.
Check local pawn shops
Selling one of mine in Broward. Perception Matrix 10’ Sit-In. Asking $250 obo, includes seat and paddle.
Hoodoo Sports make some really nice ones for around $500.00. Not thin and cheap like the box stores.
My son has a lifetime and I have a crescent
I was just at dicks sporting goods and they have a very nice inventory! Idk what your budget is but they have good brands for reasonable price!
I have found some on FB marketplace we are happy with. Rent or borrow several until you know what suits you.
Sam's had some today.
You don't want to buy cheap ones but you don't have to buy expensive ones. I guess if you want cheap Walmart sells blow up one. If I was looking for cheap kayak I'll be looking to spend 200 to $300
Walmart Sam's tractor supply
Welcome! Just a heads up if you are tall you might want a longer kayak and watch for weight limits. We bought a small cheap one and it's not comfy for anyone over 5ft. Be safe and enjoy.
Sams Club 😁
4 days ago
I want to buy a kayak but I can't because we live in an apartment it's on the first floor as well😅. So i was looking into inflatable ones but I want to feel safe about them what inflatable mid range kayaks are good out here? Maxing out at 200$ (for two people) ... See MoreSee Less
alligators or sharks won't pop it - but oyster beds in shallow bays will.....they are nice to float down river (with the current) but in narrow stretches or bends they suck for steering and in open waters (lakes, bays) the are susceptible to high winds with the high profile which can make paddling difficult or dangerous if far offshore....
If it gets you on the water it's good. I read a blog about a guy who did a 70 mile journey on an inflatable. He went over trees, alligators, etc. Enjoy
My husband and I have had our for 2 years now as a double for adults its to hard but 1 adult 1 child in each we have no issues
Keep a lookout for friends with backyards, who may allow you to store a kayak at their place. A "real" kayak is vastly superior to an inflatable, though an inflatable is vastly superior to nothing. I am lucky to have wonderful friends who allow me to do that.
I have one, I paddle to caledesi from the Dunedin causeway.
My dad bought that one and 2 of the 1 seat (same brand) when we stayed on a lake in MO. It was very rocky and they didn't get punctured when we were putting the kayaks in/out of the lake.
I have an AIRE tomcat (extremely durable) and I absolutely love it- great for the springs, lakes, ocean, and rivers. www.backcountry.com/aire-tributary-tomcat-solo-inflatable-kayak
I have 2 of them. Bought them so I'd have something to take in the rv. I'd still rather have a hard shell one. They take some time to inflate and deflate. folding them up ends up getting them all dirty again. They tend to wallow in the water and are harder to paddle. They also tend to spin in circles when you aren't paddling. They do store quite compactly if you fold them up correctly and come with a thin carry bag. For inflatables, they seem pretty well made.
Most waterways have Oyster Shells, Rock & Alligators. Find places that don’t pose a danger to you & your yak and you will be fine. But you will be very limited in your exploring. Stay safe out there!!
I have seen some kayaks that fold up and kind of pop together while out. That may be another option to check
Had this kayak - sent it back. Got a high end sea eagle ($1300) and it was great - sent it back! Pump up, clean and drying, packing back up, 😜I decided it was far easier to spend $30 and rent one. Help out a small business. In my opinion you’ll never be happy with a cheap inflatable. YouTube before you buy!
Depends where you go ...I love my foldable hardshell tucktec Www.tucktec.com
I've had one of these here in michigan for over 6 years. While I've taken out on rough waters in Lake Michigan, I'll be upgrading to a traditional kayak when I move FT to FL. It much slower than most kayaks and doesn't track good. I'll keep mine but probably won't use it much.
Folding kayaks are far more durable! And I think more convenient for storing anyways
Tucktec has an awesome, affordable folding kayak!
They are so comfortable but only last one season 🙄 we splurged and bought 3 and they only lasted one summer. We were pretty bummed.
It’s probably not the best, but it’s in your budget and will get you on the water. Amazon typically has a pretty liberal return policy
I was pretty happy with my inflatable (it’s like 6 separate chambers that fill with air and it’s pretty sturdy) but I live on a spring fed river so no big worries of mangroves, oyster shells, etc. Just depends where you hope to take it.
I have the same kayak and let me tell you that it does what it's supposed to do. If you don't have the appropriate space to store a large size kayak and want to enjoy the out door with some yakking this is it. Inflatable is the way to go but there's a catch... they aren't ment to go way too off shore nor long distance. With that said I can say that on my first trip on this particular yak I did a 12 mile ride down the miami river now the miami isn't as wide but very dangerous due to the lack of other boaters 🤦🏽♂️ overall the yak does well with wake and it does take a little more work out of you to control. If your on a budget go for it. Or go for a inflatable stand up paddle board.
Oh I bought mine for $80 bucks .
I have the exact same one. It’s difficult to steer and more rowing work. You get worn out just by inflating it.
I have 2 for sale.
I got this one and it was less than $100 at the time. (The price really fluctuates.) It works great. It was easy to assemble, super easy to store. I make sure I steer clear of shallow water or pokey parts. But it’s been awesome. I did upgrade my paddle but other than that I’m super happy with it. Intex Challenger K2 Kayak,... www.amazon.com/dp/B00177FIJ8?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Keeping them mildew free is a challenge, but doable. You will need to re-inflate, clean and thoroughly dry it as soon as you get home before storing it.
2 days ago
Best place to camp or stay with a boat & kayaks near the Winter Heaven Chain of Lakes? ... See MoreSee Less
From the area too and can’t find any good local camping spots. But not far from Winterhaven you can camp on a island on lake Toho with a permit. It’s in Kissimmee.
3 days ago
Fin and I kayaked this past Saturday from Siesta's north end bridge down to Oleary's at Sarasota's Bay Front to listen to the band from my kayak and enjoy the full moon!!! 😁 ... See MoreSee Less
3 days ago
Loved ... loved .... LOVED!!!!❤️ ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful ♥️♥️♥️ I think I saw you.
My favorite river to kayak!
It is an amazing river!
We went kayaking there a year ago summer and really loved it. Was too cold to swim but we wadded up to our knees. Saw lots of turtles- fun!
Love that river.
It's a fantastic place
Was it crowded?
One of my favorites 🥰🥰🥰
Looks like a wonderful day! Amazing that so much pure and crystal clear water comes out of that one spring! It could easily be put into millions of plastic water bottles and sold all around the world if Florida State Parks hadn’t acquired the property. It exits the spring at 72 degrees, and is amazing on a hot summer day. Did you swim at all?
Where is wachee river
3 days ago
Looking for recommendations on the best *local* places to shop for a kayak in Tampa (not Dick’s or Bass Pro, or Walmart). ... See MoreSee Less
Kayak Hub W Hillsb.
Osprey bay on clearwater
Pure Florida Watersports great place and great ppl we have gotten 5 kayaks from them they are in Wesley Chapel!!!
Canoe country in st Pete
Check out VeniceOutdoorSports . Com
Pure Florida Watersports is amazing! Great inventory, knowledgeable, and friendly too.
Osprey Bay is fantastic, family owned. They offer rental on wide variety of boats and do demo day's monthly
Thanks for going outside the box
Sweetwater, Osprey Bay and Bill Jackson's - I can recommend all 3 of them.
Pure Florida Watersports fitted me for my life jacket and they carry different brands of kayaks compared to Kayak Hub.
Pure Florida Watersports
Vanhunks.. their main base is in Tampa... You should really go online and check this place out... I've done lots of research before purchasing my kayak and I found Vanhunks gives you more bang for your buck.. I purchased a 13 foot tandem orca kayak that also can be turned into a single.. they have several different types of kayak all depending on your budget
Sweetwater Kayaks and Pure Florida Watersports
Osprey Bay in Clearwater Osprey Bay Outdoors
River Sport in Homosassa, try before you buy.
Come down here and see Jay Rose, Naples
Action Water Sports Auburndale Florida I have been buying from him since 1991
canoe country, osprey bay, bill jacksons, we should have an REI in a few months.
Greg Stoppelmoor with Captyak.net
Sarasota Economy Tackle!
Canoe country Outfitters in St. Petersburg.
4 days ago
What places do you recommend kayaking at near Tampa? 😊 ... See MoreSee Less
Alafia, Hillsborough Withlacoochee
I’m very new to kayaking. We live in eastern hillsborough. So far we’ve enjoyed EG Simmons park and today we used the pinellas bayway kayak launch to paddle to shell key.
Just west of Tampa is honeymoon island state park. You can launch free at Dunedin causeway and head to either honeymoon or Caladesi state park. Easy short paddle.
Download the Go Paddling app and it will show you a list/map of all the places you can go kayaking
Hillsborough River between Trout creek and Sergeant park. Can't go wrong.
Weeki Wachee is one hour away
Has anyone ever been to Shell Key Preserve? Any advice?
Please check out our meetup group at Meetup.com/tb-kayak-society. We do paddles several times a month all over the Tampa Bay Area.
Weedon and Shell key preserve! Two totally different experiences!
5 days ago
Breathtaking.. Silver Springs.. ... See MoreSee Less
3 days ago
Check out these funny looking kayaks... ... See MoreSee Less
Looks like they did a good job of mudding up the water
That is Unbelizeable
Amphicar owners do this every spring on the Silver!
Like the flat windshield on the woody 30s 👍
Where is this at
Tad confused by this
There were a few actually driving around town when I was a kid in West Palm Beach. A lot of them rusted away in back yards.
They have them at Disney springs and you can pay to take a ride out on the lake in one!
Sure does mess up the water and the coast with its un natural wake.
3 days ago
Anyone kayaking to Mound Key Archaelogical state park in Estero Bay Preserve soon? I don’t have a huge amount of kayaking experience but really want to go to this key. Today’s trip was east on Estero River. ... See MoreSee Less
This looks beautiful. This is south of me but would like to plan this trip!
I'm always worried about the motor boats and to get there you have to cross their path.
Paddled that river last week! It was lovely 🥰
Looks beautiful, been wanting to do Estero river.
I was just researching that trip last night!! Visit the website Paddleflorida.net. It looks like a pretty straight forward trip. The river opens up fairly wide as you head west.
Look at Kayak Club of Greater Charlotte Harbor on meetup.com. They do many fun outings and welcome beginners.
Can easily be done as long as the weather is good.
There is a shorter route launching north of lovers key and south of big Carlos. The paddle to the key from there is approximately 1.5 miles. There is a channel crossing do u need to just be cautious . There is an app for the Blueway that one can navigate using it to the key or just put on your google maps
2 days ago
Regarding the post asking for a tandem for the foster child.
The entire thread rocked!
It's so nice to see acts of kindness and empathy on social media vs the bickering. To the person responsible for making it happen. You made my week. ... See MoreSee Less
2 days ago
I have a Current Designs Willow. Fiberglass. Any suggestions for a keel guard? I have had to repair my stern keel area twice now. I'd like a little protection. (I'm not THAT careless with the kayak BTW but I do launch off cement boat ramps, beach for breaks, and occasionally encounter logs etc.) ... See MoreSee Less
I've used KeelEazy on all my boats - poly, thermoform and FG. It's saved my hulls from numerous gouges.
What Deborah said.
2 days ago
My kayaking BFF bought me this shirt, wanted to share lol ... See MoreSee Less
2 days ago
Headed to Suwannee River State Park in two weeks hoping to kayak on the river—looks like it is running high right now. Anyone paddled btw White Springs and Dowling Park that can share what conditions are? Thank you. ... See MoreSee Less
Had some friends attempting a thru-paddle this past week. SRWMD pulled them off the water south of Holton Creek. All the River Camps are currently closed and the restrooms in them (except for Peacock Slough which has a concrete block restroom) have been hauled away in anticipation of flood levels.
White springs is 10 ft below flood stage holding at 67’ fast current through big shoals. Seems like it quit rising.
GA is due for more rain this week and late next week. Suwannee water levels are based on the rain south GA gets, not the rain in FL, since it's fed by the Okefenokee, the Alapaha and the Withlacoochee which all rise in GA. Plus, SRWMD shuts down the River Camps in anticipation of flooding, they don't wait until it actually gets within a couple of feet of the flood level since many of the roads to access points flood out before the river actually comes over the banks. And from the Withlacoochee confluence on south the river is already polluted with E.coli from Valdosta. (So plan on getting all your water from land-based potable water sources.) I hope it comes down soon, but if I had a trip scheduled for this month I'd have a Plan B in my back pocket, just in case.
2 days ago
There was a post on here a while back about a guy that repairs Bote Gatorshell SUPs. Can someone tag that shop. I’m in need... 😩 ... See MoreSee Less
Sabastion ding repair
Barry Pasonski if you are on the Space Coast
Updating the question because I live in Estero
4 days ago
First time kayakers, we live in SWFL where are some of the places you guys Kayak? ... See MoreSee Less
Lovers key area . Estero River outfitters is always awesome beautiful river from hundreds of years ago . Historic buildings awesome place
Lover's Key, Matlacha, Bunche Beach, Sirenia Vista
Lovers key, isle of capri, goodland, collier Seminole, Wiggins pass, rookery bay. The state parks are my favorite.
Gulf Coast Kayak is good for Matlacha. You go on-line and pay $5 per kayak for launch fee. Estero River Outfitters is great and free launch. Telegraph Creek is nice and peaceful. put in on N. River Rd. only about 3 parking spaces. Jud Creek is good too.
Manatee Park in Ft Myers
Looks like a picture of highlands Hammock on your page. If you have a tendency to go to Sebring I can hook you up with GREAT kayaking places
Imperial River in Bonita Springs.
2 days ago
Camping at Fort DeSoto the next two nights, Wednesday and Thursday night. Planning to paddle out to Shell Key. Tomorrow (Wednesday) looks good based on the tides, maybe a noon start. And/or Thursday. Message me if anyone is interested in joining up. ... See MoreSee Less
Oops, weather looks iffy tomorrow! I’ll probably delete this and do something simpler....
2 weeks ago
New to the group. Looked around quickly didn’t see anything. Wanted to see if anyone can reference a good website/article in choosing the right size and type of sit on top kayak.
Want to do kayaking with my 14 yr old kid. Want to buy decent kayaks nothing to crazy but something that would work good for Florida inland kayaking. So many choices and differences it is a bit overwhelming.
Thanks for any info anyone can provide. ... See MoreSee Less
Go to your local outfitter and try several to find the one that fits your needs.
Rent 1st see what u like then go from there
Try them out before buying
Try to go with a US made kayak like a Perception Access for what you are describing. Try them out at a place like Paddling Paradise
Where are you located?
I think besides personal preference of sit in / sit on top, two important factors would be the weight (for hauling) and the tracking ability. We love our Perception
Estero River Outfitters carrys many brands and is on the water so you can test drive. Nice people fair prices. Bought 2 SOT a 10' and 12' love them. Good luck.
If you're in Tampa area I have a couple kayaks you can try before you buy. Message me if interested. Thanks
Really depends on what you will be looking to do and where your going definitely a sit on top. The next question u have to ask is how much weight will be on board and how much storage will be needed.
I prefer ocean kayak brand I own two different models and have never found a situation where they didn't work a 9 foot frenzy and a 14 foot scupper pro tw , if it's camping or surfing long distance or right around the corner there's been very few similar priced boats that come close Give some paddle boards a try with and without the fancy chair, bote, Kaku and blackfin all have good stuff also I found perception boats hopelessly heavy for the use, And pelican / sundolphin are just terrible for the price point unless you want a beater
“Lifetime daylite” 8ft weighs only 45 lbs hold 250lbs easy to paddle he can stand on it like a paddle board. Don’t have to worry about insects or snakes in nooks/crevices. Cant beat the price $175 ish at Walmart for a 14 year old it’ll be easy to be independent and not be discouraged by the weight or hassle of a heavy kayak.
Kayaks will typically have a maximum weight range. Narrower kayaks tend to be faster but less stable (broad generalization). As other are saying, it is best to try before you buy. Don't underestimate the importance of a comfy seat and some way to store a water bottle or two.
I love my vibe yellowfin 120. It is wide enough to be stable, long enought to track well, plenty of options to attach cameras and fishing gear, and light enough for me to load by myself. It's about 77 lbs, I'm 65vyrar old woman. I paid 699 new, it did have a 100 rebate the dealer gave me on the spot. It also came with the paddle. I have been on springs, backwaters and out on the caloosahatchee river.
YouTube has many videos on how to chose a kayak. Good luck!
I love my Hurricane Skimmer 116. It’s SOT and lightweight - I hoist it myself on car with handiracks (inflatable/portable racks). Purchased kayak at Nautical Ventures in West Palm Beach. They have a wide variety of boats to choose from and an excellent return program since because of Covid they aren’t allowing folks to test first.
I would suggest Wilderness Tarpon 12 or 14 ft for your usage.
Pelican sit-in has removable seat. $449 at Dick’s Sporting Goods. We bought 2 as our guest kayaks, and they enjoyed the paddle. We bought an Eddyline Sandpiper 130 sit-in kayak for me for $1500 at OspreyBayOutdoors in Clearwater. They are wonderful, and I love my speedy boat. We bought an Eddyline Stratocaster 135 sit-on-top fishing kayak for $1800 for my husband from Sweetwater Kayaks in St. Pete. He loves it. We went to every kayak store in Clearwater/St.Pete before buying. We already owned 2 Costco kayaks and enjoy them in Oregon when living there.
Try www. Allsportadventures.com sale going on 10/% off
Vibe make a decent Kayak? Looking at kayaks for sale used and new. Kinda like the setup looking at what the Vibe Yellowfin 12 has for design. Used one for sale locally also.
6 days ago
Can someone tell me what this orange thing is for? It looks like it slides something in there but I just don’t know what 🙈😂 ... See MoreSee Less
It's a track system. You can put all kinds of accessories
Its for holding things like these
You buy these little metal things that slide into it and you can attach your rods and reels or cup holders and such to it.
Bunch of different things you can get for it
It's a gear trac.
It's for adding toys😉 you can go on Amazon & look at Yak gear & find slide ons like Fishing rod holders , drink holders .
Go to www.yakattack.com
YakAttack It’s top load gear track for accessories like rod holders and other items
Look at the omega and omega pro rod holders from YakAttack
I use one side for a cup holder. Love it!
T-bolts go in there a you can mount all kinds of accessories. Camera mounts, cup holders bungee loops,etc
It’s for your reusable straw 💁🏼♂️
Do they make accordion mounts? When on the river you should always bring your accordion.
Camera and beer perfect
It's for bruises...lots of bruises
Track system add ons accessories, fish finder, gopros, etc
Track for accessories! Feel free to pm us if you need any help. Have a great one!
Yak Attack accessories...
Thank you guys! I new it had to be something useful lol. I’m getting a cup holder 😂
That’s where your used bubble gum goes. Then if you flip the gum becomes a flotation device to help you upright yourself.
Mount the 40 cal when paddling into action! Never know when you're gonna need a 40 cal. I kid I kid. Drinks n fishing pole holders are great for paddle battles.
A whole bunch of attachments from cup holders to lights, rods,gps camera whatever you want
Attachments. I have a paddle holder on one side and a cup holder on the other.
2 days ago
Today's trip from Gore's Landing to Eureka West Public Boat Launch. Cool and cloudy and only 2 other boats were seen. ... See MoreSee Less
I did that run a couple years ago down to the Ocklawaha Outpost. I saw no other paddlers that day. Very serene.
4 days ago
Does anyone Cary a hand held GPS if so which one was thinking it would be a good idea to have one. ... See MoreSee Less
There are plenty of good free apps for smart phones. I use GeoTracker and keep my phone in a waterproof sleeve around my neck.
I carry a garmin hand held, I don’t use it constantly but have it in case of emergencies, built to hold up to the elements, floats ect. If you spend the money get backlit, large display and built in or downloadable maps of your areas, otherwise you won’t find it particularly useful for general use. I use a Garmin 270 color I think
Unless you’re going to be in the Everglades, your phone should suffice for a gps on most Florida paddles. If you are planning to go deep or for long trips, I highly recommend Garmin fenix 6 with maps
Built into garmin watch
I've used various Garmin GPSMap 70 series (currently the 78s) and 60 series for years for work and play. They are old-style interfaces (swiping does not work well with wet fingers), but very accurate. Some of the phone apps are good, but I prefer not running the battery down in my essential emergency device (the phone) down by using it as a GPS or a camera or music player. My 78s will run on 2 AA batteries continuously for about 24 hours which is 3-4 day trips or 2-3 days on overnight trips. It's waterproof, shockproof and floats altho you should tether it to your boat. Using the free Garmin BaseCamp software it's easy to create and add waypoints then transfer them to your GPS. You can load FL Topo maps for free from gpsfiledepot.com Turn on tracking when you start, turn it off when you're done and it's easy to transfer your track back to the computer when you get home and have a permanent record of your trip. The track that you collect while out also shows you on the screen exactly where you have been so you can follow it back if necessary. I have used Gaia and Strava software on my cell phone and they are probably the most accurate of the phone apps (as of about 6 months ago), but I took them off since I prefer a separate GPS unit. I do have Navionics loaded on my cell phone for the nautical charts (much better than the Garmin nav charts which you have to pay big $$$ for) but only use it when I need to know exactly where the shipping channels and port facilities as well as the navigational aids are located - which Topos don't show you. The rest of the time my cell phone is in a dry box, safe from harm. I will say tho, if you are not interested in investing a little time to get to know the computer side of GPS then just get a phone app.
I have a Garmin eTrex 20 and it does a good job. I clip it on a tie down on my kayak and it records my track. It is waterproof and rugged.
2 days ago
Recommendations for a good starter tandem (or anyone selling theirs?!)
We live near mangroves and islands, and would love something stable and dependable to be able to take out and explore. We got inflatables last year because we lived in an apartment with zero storage space and loved them for what they are, but had a bit of anxiety about taking them out into mangroves or rocky areas or deeper water. We’ve bought a home now and finally have room in the garage for a kayak, so looking for options. ... See MoreSee Less
I love my husband but he flips to much to ride with me! 🤣
I would rent tandems a few times before buying, if you haven’t already. It’s been called the divorce boat but some people love it.
If you haven’t already used one, I’d definitely rent first. My husband has back problems/muscle spasms and any unexpected leaning on my part, or adjusting in my seat, causes him problems.
I bought two Malibus because of stability. They are for sale with all of the goodies, paddles, seats, trailer, flotation devices, garage rack. Yaks are garage kept. They are in like new condition. Message me if you're interested.
You do not want a tandem less than ~14’ long because the paddlers are too close together, making it easy to hit paddles. That is why they are commonly called divorce boats (Yes, we used to own one and yes, we sold it after paddling it very little). Shorter boats also have to be wider to carry the load so they are slow and do not track well. Most SOT tandems are rotomold plastic so they are really heavy (hard to load). One of my paddling buddies has a Hurricane Santee 140 tandem, and that is a great little tandem. Hurricane uses a different plastic and the Santee 140 is about 10# lighter than a similar sized rotomold. The idea of renting a tandem for a few outings is good but keep in mind that rental boats tend to be the cheapest available and are not representative of a good quality boat. Go to a reputable outfitter who will help you choose the right boat and let you paddle it before buying. If you get the right boat, you will be able to go further and faster with less work than a single.
Look for an old wilderness systems pamlico 140
We have a couple Native Stingray tandems for sale at Paddling Paradise in Palm Bay
Widerness Systems Pamlico Native Ultimate tandem Dagger Bayou 2 Dagger Drift
We have had an ocean malibu 2xl for over 8 years. Then kids came along now we have 2 of them. We love our tandems. Great kayaks. We've hit juat about every body of water in Florida with the older one just my wife and I. I don't get the whole "divorce" part. But every couple has ways of getting along. 🤷♂️
3 days ago
Silver River never disappoints, amazing day on the water kayaking today. ... See MoreSee Less
2 days ago
Made some home made seat risers out of scrap polyurethane blocks from my work just had to buy longer bolts so now I’ll be sitting 2” higher ... See MoreSee Less
Great job. I like you ♻️ the scrap piece and completed DIY!
How’s the stability when you rise the seats?
2 days ago
Finally checked this place out over the weekend. Pretty cool place! ... See MoreSee Less
Peace River is great. Good spot for camping too!
3 days ago
Kayaking and primitive camping on Shell Key! What a great trip. Put in at Butler hole and parked the truck at Ft De Soto boat ramp. A nice paddle in the shallows. Then along the channel and island to hit gulf side. A very busy place in the day. Evening and night secluded and wonderful. Behind the island is no combustible engines which allowed for tons of kayaks and paddle boards. ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks for sharing,I think kind like to do this
Wow what a great experience. Great pics!!
Wow beautiful..will be there in 2 weeks, super excited
On my list!!
Thanks for the intel, looks like y’all had a beautiful day!!
Did you Uber back to launch from boat parking lot?
Do you need a permit to camp on shell key
Too bad they don't allow dogs on shell key would be a beautiful trip
Where is butler hole
3 days ago
Can I ask about paddle boards here? It’s not a kayak, per se, but it’s paddling! I’m wondering if anyone is looking to sell one used within my price range! ... See MoreSee Less
What is your price range and where are you located?
I have a friend who has a blow up paddle board. She loves it and it wasn’t expensive. I love mine and my kayak....
I'm thinking of selling one of my boards.
I had concerns about the inflatable boards, but now have two. They are great.
The only things to consider about inflatable is the location you plan to paddle ..are there oysters, oyster beds, or downfalls, snags that could potentially damage the hull. The other is pumping it up to an adequate level can be a task in itself
If you are going be in water with oysters ..definitely don't use inflatable, it will shred it and leave you stranded
I use a hybid Ocean Kayak Nalu. It's heavier, but I don't have to worry so much
In my opinion, as having suffered a hole first hand, do not get an inflatable. If you go alone and there's dangerous wildlife and you're far out from land or paddling through a dense forest its not cool.
If $400 is too pricey, you're going to haver a hard time finding one... You could probably get an inflatable for under 400, but I've heard they're not as good as the fiberglass. Wait til your stimulus check gets here and get a decent used fiberglass one off of Marketplace. It'll be worth the extra $$.
We love ours
I used to have one that I bought from west marine for like $300. It was called an orca and it had a hard bottom with a padded top. I loved that thing and should have never sold it...
You're in Palm Bay?! Go to see Danny at Paddlers Paradise... You can rent and try them out. It's a beautiful paddle whether you're standing up or sitting down on Crane Creek... Lots of Manatee and birds
4 days ago
Our Thule Hullevator has been a game changer. Worth every penny! ... See MoreSee Less
We love our Hullivators also, much easier and safer loading on our 3/4 ton 4x4
I’ve had mine for about 8 years. So happy. They are expensive, but so is back surgery!
I get curious and admiring comments every time someone either sees me load or unload with my hullavator. I should carry brochures it's so popular! And oh yes, it's worth every penny!
4 days ago
So I have a question, since they’ve put up fences at the bridge at Alexander springs has anyone here ever put in at Freak Creek and gone beyond further down the Alexander Run to see where the next take would be?? If so where is it and how far of a paddle is it? I’m curious 🧐 ... See MoreSee Less
I have heard that freak creek is next on the list to be fenced.
Anyone know who and why it is fenced now?
I haven’t gone so far recently, but years ago... never made the St. John’s, but couldn’t have been too far. Never saw another public access(may have changed) but there were several private properties with access. Might have to make some friends...🤔 Also there was a point where we “lost the river”, but found some current under bushes. Broke our paddles and hand walked thru some jungle and “found a whole new river”. We went another hour or so down from there. River was bigger, but don’t think we officially made St. John proper. And we came all the way back up......
I have not paddled Alexander in a couple of years, but my notes are posted below. My truck was vandalized at Freak Creek which is why I have not been back. Alexander Springs Run – Yet another of the many springs in the Ocala National Forest, Alexander Springs is located just off of CR 445 between Astor and Altoona. 1. Alexander Springs to 52 Landing a. Launch at the Alexander Springs recreational Area (49599 CR 445, Altoona FL). The recreation area charges admission and has a camp-ground, swimming area and large picnic area. They also rent canoes. The launch area is about 100 yards from parking so a cart is handy. They also have showers in the rest room. b. Recover at 52 Landing (N29.0463 W81.5084). I have no idea why they call it that but that is the name on the ONF map. You have to travel about 5 miles down a dirt road to get to the landing. 4WD may be handy depending on road conditions. c. Kayak – 6.7 miles. d. Return – 5.8 miles only 1.5 of which was paved. No traffic. e. This was more of an adventure than I thought that it would be. For most of the first 6 miles, the run is pretty wide and filled with weeds. Most of the way you can find a channel but I probably paddled 1.5 miles through solid swap grass and lilly pads. I do not know is this is normal or the result of very warm dry winter that we had. This may be a better trip after we get some cold weather than when I did it in mid-June. During the last ¾ of a mile, the run gets very narrow and completely tree covered. Overall, there is a light current but it picks up when the run narrows. I saw lots of gators, turtles, fish and birds. I only saw one fishing boat (because of the weeds I suspect) and there are some cottages and docks along the run. Because of the weeds, this is not a trip for a Mirage. There are two alternatives to this trip. First, you could launch and recover at the Recreation Area. Secondly, you could launch from either end of the CR 445 bridge where it crosses the run. By water, the bridge is about 1.25 miles from the spring. This would save the admission fee. ADDENDUM – I did this trip again in mid-February and there were a lot less weeds due to recent cold weather. I was able to see the channels much better and did not really have to paddle far through any weed beds. Generically speaking, there are two channels, one on each side of the run with shallow water in the center. By sticking to the sides, I was able to stay out of the majority of weeds. At times these channels become quite narrow with overhanging trees and logs, so sometimes you have to switch sides. This really is a fun route but I still would not do it later than spring. 2. 52 Landing to Astor Landing Campground/Marina a. Launch at 52 Landing (N29.0463 W81.5084). I have no idea why they call it that but that is the name on the ONF map. You have to travel about 5 miles down a dirt road to get to the landing. 4WD may be handy depending on road conditions. b. Recover at Astor Landing Campground/Marina (25963 Holmar Drive, Astor FL) c. Kayak - 8.5 miles – Very winding and tree covered d. Return – 9.3 miles –According to the maps, NFS 544 and NFS 552 connect these locations. These are dirt forest service roads that I have not travelled. I would not try it without a 4WD. By car, use Hwy 40 and Hwy 445 which would be a longer route. e. I have kayaked this route as a round trip launching at Astor Campground. The spring run in the vicinity of 52 Landing is very narrow with quite a few logs. It was high water so I got over everything but this may be a bit more of a problem with low water. Near the Landing, the run is very narrow with significant current. As you get further east, the run starts to open up and you eventually reach the St Johns River. Even though I did this in January when wildlife is usually scarcer, I saw manatees, gators and river otters (plus the usual birds and turtles). A shorter kayak would be best for the first 1/3 of this trip but a longer boat would be better when you get to the St Johns. This is definitely a trip worth doing.
Thanks for the info! Wow 😳 that’s a lot of stuff and very detailed. Thank you for sharing. I still don’t know if I’d try that trip, one bc it’s been so long since you’ve done it and who knows what it’s like now. And two bc I’m a larger individual and would probably have issues with the water levels and obstacles in the water. And 3 like you also said leaving your vehicle unattended at “freak creek” for such a long period of time as to paddle all the way to Astor is just asking for something to happen to it. It’s a shame though bc I bet at one time it was a beautiful paddle trip and under different circumstances I would probably do it.
We used to do it quite frequently until the parking area at 52 Landing (aka Freak Creek) became sketchy. We usually parked my old beat-up pickup there and no one ever bothered it, but I know several cars have been vandalized there. There is a lot of private property in there which means that FR 18 is usually well graded so the school bus can get down it but it also means that the USFS can't police it properly and the residents consider Freak Creek "theirs" and resent other folks coming in and using it. It's 6.7 miles from Alexander Springs to 52 Landing. It's 5.8 miles from 52 Landing to the St Johns. The nearest take-out if you don't want to paddle back upstream to 52 Landing (which is what we usually did) is north (downstream) on the St Johns 3.8 miles to Astor Landing. The vegetation growth starting about a mile downstream from CR 445 is no joke in the summer and fall. One trip we got pretty much stuck about 2 miles down and were about to turn back when we met a couple of kids in a jon boat coming upstream. They used their motor to clear a temporary path for us. There used to be a great rope swing about 2 miles down from 52 Landing but a storm knocked down the tree several years back. It's still a nice swimming hole. At around 3.5 miles downstream from 52 Landing there is a nice sanding spot for swimming. Big boats from the St Johns can get up the creek to that point, so it was a busy swimming hole on warm weekends. BTW, 52 Landing is called 52 Landing because it's at the end of what was for many, many years Forest Rd 52. Then sometime in the 80s they renamed all the roads in the southern (Seminole) district by adding a 5 in front so FR 52 became FR 552. Then in 2008 to satisfy E911 naming conventions they renamed all of the roads on the Ocala National Forest and FR 552 was changed to FR 18. I notice that on Google Maps and Google Earth they are still using the old 552 designation even after 12-13 years, but on the road signs on the ONF it's labeled FR 18.
I will not paddle Alexander never again pass the bridge. It was horrible.
I just got a reply from Forest Service, said the landing by bridge is closed due to construction of an improved boat ramp, a wait and see?
5 days ago
Im not currently living in FL, but I do visit frequently and am just starting out as a kayaker! I really love Silver Springs, but because I dont live in FL, I usually rent their kayaks. Last time I was there, they had a 2hr limit on rentals, and no shuttles from Ray's. What would be a good way to get farther up the river without having to turn around and come back before 2hrs is up? ... See MoreSee Less
Find another rental Spot you can pick up load on car / rental Car
This one says 4 hours but call before 3 pm www.silverriverkayakrentals.com/kayak-rentals
I just google kayak Rentals
I used these fellows a few weeks back and they were great! www.discoverykayak.com/
Silver River Kayak Rentals (above and same company as Discovery Tours) are the folks I always recommend, but they have cut back their hours now and are currently only doing Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Go to their website and sign up in advance for rentals and/or shuttles.
Get your own boat and keep it at a friends house. Then you could stay out longer!
They have rental companies in Ocala that are allowed to put you in at the state park and pick you up at the end.
My favorite tree!
Buy an inflatable.
Liesl Mellet -
I would recommend getting an inflatable such as a sea eagle 330 or 370. They are very light weight, durable, track well, and fold nicely for traveling. I have owned several for many years and have let friends and family use them. They are very forgiving in conditions that would flip a hard side as they flex with the wave. I have used mine for both day trips and camping trips. They are rated for some serious weight. I have paddled in the intercoastal waterway, santa fe, Suwanee, myakka, Hillsborough, alafia, and peace rivers. Best part, take it out just a handful of times and it has paid for itself as you do not need to get a rental anymore.
You should sign up for Lars Anderson’s trips. They provide the boat and he’s the top naturalist in the state. They do the shuttling as well. Lots of places to see beyond Silver Springs!
4 days ago
Does anyone know the Ascend 133x at 125 lbs would that be ok for just kayaking I'm 56 at 265 also looking at Outlaw 11.5 or this 133x ... See MoreSee Less
Outlaw is much Lighter and plenty of room also will easily hold your weight and super comfortable and I have 1 for sale cheap at $600 and I can let you try it out, The 133X you're going to need a motor
Outlaw is much better
Check out an Old Town Loon either 120 or 126.
2 days ago
Hey guys really want to get back out on the water Thursday. somebody told me to repost with my location so here it is (thank you!). I live about 15 minutes from Disney on Highway 27 (33897 zip). I'm willing to drive 2 hours in any direction which leaves open a lot of possibilities for me. I'm open to where we go as long as it's not too difficult, I prefer springs, creeks and rivers to open water. We can either straight up Adventure kayak or we can do some fishing as well. I'm open to whatever, just want to get back out on the water as much as I can before my second child comes into this world. Anyone down to go with me? ... See MoreSee Less
Head east on 192 to Palm Bay Paddling Paradise may be what you are looking for
Hi Joe, you may want to check out our Meetup group at meetup.com/space-coast-paddling-society. We do paddles almost every weekend and usually most Thursdays and soon Tuesday afternoons. We paddle all over the place, so you'll never get bored!
3 days ago
Can anyone recommend a spot within an hour of Orlando that rents Kayaks by the hour. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less
3 days ago
Hi all. What’s your opinion on the Pachena 18’ Kevlar kayak? There is a used one for sale that I may purchase Thanks for all the opinions! ... See MoreSee Less
I have a 14 foot Current Designs Pachena from 04 in fiberglass. Is it Current Designs? If so they make great yaks
Dont know about that but I have a kevlar canoe and it is awesome material for boats. Strong and incredibly light.
lighter kayak means faster kayak, also easier to load on the car which means you will use it more regardless of the design. if it's kevlar, then it must at least be decent. crappy kayaks don't use kevlar for a construction material.
What’s the width? I have an Eddyline Kevlar 18 that is an awesome open water boat, but at only 22 inches wide it’s not a great rec boat, not good for getting in and out for swimming and doesn’t have good initial stability. Great for open ocean but mot much else. Make sure its what you want
4 days ago
Hello everyone! I am looking for suggestions for an easy paddle for beginners that is within 1-2 hour drive from north Brevard County that isn't the Indian River. My husband and I are wanting to take my son out in his own kayak for the first time, but I don't want to end up having to tow him back 😆 or have him bored to tears (gotta love 13 year olds).
TIA! Have a great week! ... See MoreSee Less
A nice beginner paddle is the eau gallie. Put in at Ballard park in melbourne. If you get there early often see dolphins and as it warms up manatees. Enjoy 🤗
Econ river !! Oh we love the river 🙂 Easy paddle lots to see . 419 & snowhill in Oviedo
Go against the current for a little then float back down . we did it yesterday 9:30 -2pm
Put in near the Haulover canal for great manatee and bird viewing. Might even get bioluminescence during July and August.
Thousand islands is cool mangrove tunnels up in cocoa. You put in at ramp road.
Ginnie springs. Wakiva (if that’s how you spell it)
Put in at JB'S Fish Camp New Smyrna. Beautiful paddle surrounded by dolphins on the intercoastal.
Kings Landing is super popular in the Orlando-ish area. Haven’t been there yet because it gets pretty crowded but it looks beautiful.
Wekiva River is close and a good beginner spot
Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary is on Merritt Island and is not part of the lagoon. It is essentially a huge network one ponds so there is no current.
Alexander springs run is a nice trip.
Callalisa Creek in New Smyrna beach
The south prong of the St Sebastian River 💕 Not too far from Brevard county. Beautiful area. Very easy river. Multiple drop in points.
Alexander Springs is wonderful, as is Blue Springs but they don't open up til later this month for kayaking the spring run. If you want a 2 hour drive, Kayak Amelia up in Fernandina Beach is always excellent.
Turkey Creek outside of Melbourne
Shingle Creek Regional Park with access from Highway 192 in Kissimmee. Good for beginners paddle. You won't go wrong. There are gators of course but it's not infested with them. Tons of Wildlife and beautiful stands of Cypress. Nice Trails, boardwalks, and some historically significant attractions very close.
I live in North Brevard too and do the drive to Silver Springs often - it is one of my absolute favorite spots to kayak - plus you can see feral monkeys!
Wekiva springs is where I started. I prefer to start at Wekiva island and go upstream to the springs, then turn around and head downstream.
Lakes are also a great place to learn where there’s no currents. But in the summer there’s a lot of boaters, so I always preferred the springs.
5 days ago
I bought a Honda Insight without roof racks, so don’t have a way to transport my kayak. The salesman said I could get the racks added “ for a couple of hundred dollars”. Right. Cheapest I’ve found is about $600. Does anyone have suggestions for a good place to get the racks? I’m on the Treasure Coast but am willing to drive a couple of hours for a good deal ... See MoreSee Less
To be fair, 600 is a couple hundred 🙂 What year? You can find used parts but a prelim search didn't look too bad? "Aluminium Roof Bars For Honda Insight 2009 2014. For Honda | MicksGarage" www.micksgarage.com/d/roof-racks-and-bars/honda/honda-insight/insight-2009-to-2014/products/26468...
Add a trailer hitch and get the little $200 collapsible trailer from Harbor Freight. It will save your paint finish big time.
Call some junk yards. Also Ebay has some pretty good deals on racks.
You don't need roof racks to transport a kayak. Foam pads and good tie downs are sufficient.
I have a set, in the box. I can send you a picture tomorrow afternoon.. I would part with them for a few bucks. Send me a message tomorrow after 3. We can price check them and go from there
Native Water Sports in Jensen Beach. Call Ted 772-334-1999. He is the Best in the area. Will sell and install what you need. He has been selling kayaks for many many years.
I like the Sea Sucker brand. They are not permanent. www.seasucker.com/
I have Thule racks. Went to Paddling Paradise in Palm Bay. They did everything...ordered online, notified me when they came in, and installed 🤗. The total price was about 500$ but I did get the more expensive type (cause they reduced noise when traveling w/o yaks). But great crew there and very knowledgeable 🤩
Just put a hitch on my Honda. .My plan is to use a rental trailer from UHaul at about $20 a pop. The hitch with wires is about $140. Loading them up is easier. No wind noise from the racks. No drag when not yaking.
I have a Honda Insight with Yakima racks that stay on because they're not an easy on/off thing. I don't know why but the wind on the racks is so noisy (and it affects as mileage). I had Yakima racks on my old Volvo without the crazy noise., so I'm not sure why it happens with the Insight. My friend and I were just lamenting the discontinuation of rood gutters, which were so easy when it comes to racks. I say of noodles work, go for it! I also like the idea of putting on a tow bar and getting a little trailer. With the Insight, I could have towed a few other things.
You can use foam noodles as temporary rack or buy the actual temporary rack system from Dicks. That’s what I did. The racks suction cup to the roof and the straps go inside your car. The U shaped stabilizers go on the rack. It is very easy and I like that I can remove them when I want. Especially since my car is also used by my son.
This is probably the best way to go for cars
And if storage is tight do this
Check Amazon... there’s a roof rack for 69.00 It’s a strap on type.
Pool noodles work great but invest in some good tiedowns
Ducks or amazon under $50
Dicks sporting goods*
I have a Honda CR-Z and after lots of trial and error, I've discovered a fairly easy solution. I use the foam blocks like those listed in a previous response. I put them at the front of the roof and as far back to the rear of the roof. In my case, it rests on the front edge of the hatchback. I just need to clear the little fishtail antenna. Then I tie a piece of paracord 3/4 of the length of my kayak from the bumper or somewhere on back to the back of the kayak (I have good handles) with the kayak at an angle to the car. This keeps the back of the kayak from slipping as you lift it to the top or back of the car. Finally, I found a dense foam roller at Walmart for around $19.00 in the exercise section. I lift the bow of the kayak and I place it on the roller. Lift the back of the kayak and roll to the first foam block. Set it down on the roller then lift the back again. The roller rolls back to the back of the car so I put the boat back down on it and roll it the rest of the way to the front foam block. Sounds convoluted, but it works well. I have a 10 ft Ascend that is fairly heavy for a kayak it's size: over 65 lbs. empty. I've upgrade many things to add weight and it's still working fine. I ordered a roof rack from ebay that I was assured would fit my car, but it didn't. About 4 inches too long. In addition, I use a ratchet strap or similar run through the cabin of the car. The doors still close. And I have a little gizmo with puts two loops that come out from under the hood to tie the front down and also a strap tied to the rear. I have a shipping loop on the undercarriage that is just ahead of the rear bumper. Make sure you have everything loaded in your car before loading the boat because it's a little difficult opening the hatch with everything tied down, although it can be done. Probably sounds complicated for a simple question, but it has worked well for me. Ultimately, however, I plan to get a small Harbor Freight trailer and modify for my boat so I don't have to lift it anymore because I'm old. Good luck. I hope it helps. PM me if you'd like for details.
Pick-and-Pull - bring tools.
Pool noodles and ratchet straps
All you need is a set of crossbars. I have a pair of Thule kayak j-hooks for sale. They mount right to the crossbars.
Pool noodles a towel & tie downs
I use Malone HandiRacks on my Mustang GT and they are inexpensive and work great.
Depends on how far you plan on going.
3 days ago
I plan on going to St. Augustine this week, I'm pretty new to the area and I'm looking for some good spots to kayak, any recommendations would be great. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less
Anastasia State Park, Favor Dykes State Park, Princess Preserve are a few. There is water everywhere here, and many launch options. Stop in at St Augustine Paddle Sports, they can tell you some areas too.
I enjoy parking behind the lighthouse and kayaking from there. Free parking and it's beautiful. I go solo and feel safe.
I haven't paddled that area, but there should be plenty of places to launch. Check out the Go Paddling app.
Pellcier creek runs along by faver dykes st.park and bulow plantation and princess preserve
3 days ago
Fantastic weekend!!! I don’t see much of Ochlockonee River on this forum often. Definitely check it out!! It was a great experience and I’m so very pleased ... See MoreSee Less
4 days ago
Did some searching on the group before making this post but I wanted something a bit more specific,
Trying to find a spot I can park overnight, kayak to an island 🏝 sleep there and head back.
Any secret spots 👀 ... See MoreSee Less
Spoil islands off the causeways are an easy choice, Dunedin, Sanibel and Canaveral Causeways all come to mind.
Warner boyce Salt springs allows you to kayak to durney key. You can't camp there but you can camp nearby at starkey wilderness park. Look up anclote Island too you can camp on the island... it is only accessible by water vessel but there are multiple places you can launch from.
Take a firearm with you
Follow SeeYaDude on IG / FB / YOUTUBE he's out of Tampa Bay area and he does that and with a fishing view point too
I love you guys thank u for all the ideas 😭❤️
Looks like I need to move closer to Tampa 😂😂
10,000 islands if you’re in Miami
Just did Shell Key this weekend. Loved it. Nice paddle etc. Have done Anclote Island too. A little more challenging of a paddle but was nice as well.
You can launch from Brascher park from there it's a short paddle to durney key
Peanut Island In Rivera beach! One side is primitive campsites and the other is a nice campground.
3 days ago
It was a nice day at shingle creek. We went north to babson park then down to marker S17 before heading back to steffee landing. ... See MoreSee Less
3 days ago
When's hurricane season down here...
Looking for some wild adventures!!!
P.S. I'm joking! Delete if this is not allowed! ... See MoreSee Less
Been there, done that!
Kayaks come in handy when you have to paddle down the street after a hurricane
Was out with this gals 3 smaller sisters a few miles out. Much adrenaline that paddle. youtu.be/bLKEBwXNnHY
Those storms can pop up outta nowhere. I barely made it back to shore this day.
Me, my mom, and another adult relative were tubing the ichetucknee with two kids. Right after we launched, a thunderstorm from hell opened up on that river that was so intense, we all just started paddling like crazy to get to take out as soon as possible. We were so sure we were going to be struck by lightning that the 3 adults spread far out from eachother hoping at least one of us would survive to take care of the kids.
3 days ago
Hi! I’m ISO a kayak rack & cradle for my Nissan Rogue, and am getting a mixed bag of reviews all over the internet. Any suggestions on brands or particular racks? We travel a lot, so I definitely want to make a good investment on one and need some serious guidance. TIA! 💙 happy paddling! ... See MoreSee Less
I got the double kayak rack from walmart... Theyre awesome work fine and were like 55 for both
Try etrailer.com Select your vehicle and it'll show you what will work on it. Pretty good selections.
Get a truck and problem solved
Thule, Yakima and Malone are the big 3 rack makers. Go to their websites and they all have a "configurator". You enter the make, model and year of your vehicle and it will spit out whatever rack matches your vehicle. Once you have rack with the crossbars that fits your vehicle, then you can add whatever cradles you want - J, saddle, wing, Hullavator or Showdown, or just foam blocks.
Check out Amazon. They have several and very reasonably priced
3 days ago
Swimming with Manatees - Exploitation and Harassment - It's Not Ecotourism - Don't Buy The Lie! ... See MoreSee Less
5 days ago
Hey! We are planning a girls trip. I need suggestions on best company to swim with manatees on crystal river, boat rentals for bay and kayaking rainbow and crystal or any other suggestions for the area! Tia ... See MoreSee Less
At crystal I recommend RiverVentures
You can swim with manatees at Hunter Springs without kayaks. Lots of fun--just wade in from the beach. Highly recommend it!!!
For a tour for swimming with the manatees, I used Hunter Springs Kayak with my family a couple of years ago. But if you’re wanting to just kayak/swim, you can do it on your own by launching at Hunter springers.
Fun2Dive Charter in crystal River was great for manatee snorkel. We enjoyed every second. Fun guides. Super patient in our odd mixed company
I've used Fun2Dive when family has visited. Great experience!
Always River Ventures. They always teach humans how to behave in harmony with nature. Try and go when it’s cold early in the morning for best viewing.
Stay away from Pro Dive in Crystal River.
Silver Springs Kayaking LLC Mike Sage
3 days ago
Looking for a suggested paddle between Weeki Wachee and Weedon Island. We’d like to kayak Weeki on a Monday and then head to Weedon for a Tuesday kayak. But the tides will be low in the morning at Weedon and we’re concerned we won’t get on the water till close to noon. Any other places we should visit after Weeki and before Weedon?
Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less
Shell Key/ Fort DeSoto Area!
5 days ago
For those who kayak alone how do you load your kayak on top of your car truck by yourself ... See MoreSee Less
Lift it up and put it on top of my truck
I have a bed extender for my truck so it's super easy.
I put a rug on the back of the hatch and push it up to the roof
I’m a man
I am 5 ft tall. I use a step stool and have great friends!
I personally will open my car door and prop it leaving on the door. Then lift the back and slide it across the roof.
I got a lighter kayak. No fun loading when your arms feel like spaghetti after long day.
On these I load into the front V at a 45° angle, walk back to the stern then walk over to the rear V. You can also add pads/socks to slide up from the rear.
Put in back of suv and tie down hood
For the kayak is easier. For a canoe I have a video on it. The link to the video is on this post. So you can see the video on how I do it with the canoe and then apply thaf to your kayak. Getting the canoe off from the minivan is from 2:26‐2:52 Getting the canoe back onto a minivan is from 22:55-24:19 ...oh and I also fell into the water on this canoe solo paddle. That starts on minute 5:25 it was hilarious! I can laugh at my mistakes! Here's the link to the video: youtu.be/dZFHXjW-bYk
Husband just put my racks on today. I just tried to get mine up there myself. No can do. Determined. I’ll figure something out. Mine only weighs 42 pounds, roof is tall. Stepstool maybe?
We just bought a Thule Hullevator and used it for the 1st time today. Made loading our 72 lb. tandem Perception sooo much easier!
Kayak + canoe on top of it + bicycles on a trip from Detroit to Miami last year. I loaded it all by myself without help.
we do something similar to this but we use a strap around the two bars of the roof rack (same side) and lean and stand the kayak on the strap and then pivot the kayak around into the cradle. youtu.be/x0z847x0M8Q
This might help you if the kayak is too heavy for you to be able to load it all by yourself: youtu.be/-PHcoitYQuw
I trailer mine.
Pick up truck .. front first then pick up the back and push 🙂 or my Kia and it’s the same way
I'm 4'11. I drive a Nissan Rogue that is a little bit lifted. I put the racks up TOP Step In step on the seats. List the kayak up and over my head and put it up onto the top of the car then jump back onto the seats again to rope it down. Also I put one just in the back
Mine, but considering a trailer for next year www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gVkgME7j38
I don't. I trailer it.
Like a Boss. 🙂
5 days ago
Where are your favorite mangrove tunnels? ... See MoreSee Less
Terra Ceia has some awesome ones.
Thousand Islands in Cocoa Beach... The entrance is right across from the boat ramp but they also have two kayak launches by the bathrooms. Entrance to the Thousand Islands is from Ramp Road in Cocoa Beach.
Calidesi Island Mangrove trail... plus has one of the most beautiful beaches!!!
St lucie Preserve State Park
There’s a good one just outside of Robbie’s in the Keys - across from Lignumvitae 👍
Weedon near St. Petersburg
I like the ones down in Tavernier,Fl by Paddle the Florida Keys
Ft Pierce inlet area
Lido key near Sarasota
San Carlos Bay - Bunche Beach Preserve
Lido mangroves ❤️
Cockroach Bay, go right from the launch and there are marked trails.
Bunch beach in ft myers! Hard to find if you don’t know where they are though.
10,000 islands, near Everglades city.
3 days ago
On the Hillsboro River today... ... See MoreSee Less
Love that river
3 days ago
2/27/2021 at Silver Springs ... See MoreSee Less
3 days ago
There was some serious monkey business going on during our silver springs trip yesterday!!! Fourth time was a charm! ... See MoreSee Less
4 days ago
Anyone selling a kayak? Looking to purchase a hard shell maybe a two seater. I have been looking on ffb market but no luck ... See MoreSee Less
Where are you located?
When you say hardshell do you mean sit-on-top? I am selling a sit-in...
Try central florida kayak trader on Facebook
I got a Perception Outlaw for $600 www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONy4T5AMCsM&fbclid=IwAR0dsL33GogObM-rPfK1kv1Gy3aEXAQ-cHGkxWVzCPMCttXBzfby...
I’ve seen a few on Craigslist.
4 days ago
Question: Silver River Kayak rentals a decent outfit to rent kayaks from for Silver Springs down river kayaking and shuttle service? Want to go kayaking next weekend!
www.silverriverkayakrentals.com ... See MoreSee Less
I think they're shuttling on weekends only.
I used Discovery Kayaks. www.discoverykayak.com/
Yes, SRKR is very professional and inexpensive. They show up on time - if they are not already waiting for you - and help you get on and off the water. Just watch your time so you don't miss the ride back!
3 days ago
Anyone want to meet up on Wednesday to kayak Silver Springs? I live in Daytona and can rarely find someone to go with ??? ... See MoreSee Less