Kayak & Canoe

7 Great Gift Ideas for Kayakers

7 Great Gift Ideas for Kayakers

Every one who owns a kayak has additional needs. Maybe it’s a dry bag, paddle grips or maybe accessories for car racks. Check out this list of toys for the kayaker in your life.

Warren Richey with his jungle hammock

Kayak Camping: Sharkchow’s checklist

Kayak guru and journalist-author Warren Richey shares his checklist of essential gear for kayak camping to wilderness destinations in Florida.

Where to see manatees in Florida; best places to see manatees

Where to see manatees in Florida; best places to see manatees

If you’re lucky, you can see manatees in lots of waterways around Florida, but here are a few locations where, in winter, you can reliably admire these charming creatures — and even kayak with them.

Long Key State Park

Coastal Keys camping: Chillin’ and grillin’ at Long Key State Park

There’s nothing quite like waking up on the beach and listening to gentle waves lap the shore just a few steps away.

Frog Creek  in Palmetto. (Photo: Frog Creek RV Resort and Campground)

Frog Creek: Tampa Bay kayak trail, one of best trails you never heard of

Frog Creek in Palmetto is a scenic kayak trail that offers two different experiences. It starts with a shady Old Florida river with Live oak trees and Spanish moss, but then leads to more open salt water and mangrove tunnels. Guest writer Ed Higgins gives the details.

Exploring New Smyrna waterways by kayak or SUP: Wildlife, mangroves & sandbars

Exploring New Smyrna waterways by kayak or SUP: Wildlife, mangroves & sandbars

The waterways along the Intracoastal in New Smyrna Beach are a terrific place to explore by kayak or SUP. Richard Barrett shares some of his favorite routes — places you might overlook when going to the popular beaches in the area.

Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin/Clearwater.

Caladesi Island: Kayak to a wild beach

Caladesi Island State Park, off the coast of Clearwater and Dunedin, has been called the best beach in America. What’s even better? Kayaking to Caladesi and seeing wonderful wildlife along the way.

A sandbar made a lovely spot for a picnic along Fisheating Creek.

Legendary Fisheating Creek : Kayak trail lives up to hype, but timing is everything

This gorgeous, wild, winding river is well-known in Florida, but can only be paddled when water levels are high enough — and that’s right NOW. This river belongs on the bucket list of those who love the Florida outdoors.

The water in the Juniper Spring run is so clear it looks like you're floating on air. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service.)

Juniper Springs in Ocala Forest: Fab kayaking at pristine spring run

Juniper just might be the most pristine spring-fed river in Florida. It’s also stunningly beautiful and easy to kayak. On a hot day, the 72-degree water and shaded run help keep you comfortable.

Silver Springs State Park: Famous spring is worth a visit—or revisit

Silver Springs State Park: Famous spring is worth a visit—or revisit

It’s easy to feel transported to another time and place when visiting Silver Springs State Park in Ocala.

The passt at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is where the Cocohatchee River flows into the Gulf.

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples: Top beach and more

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is a great destination: You can enjoy so many activities in one place – kayaking, surf-fishing & a one-mile-long powdery-white sand beach with shaded picnic tables nearby.

Paddlers on the Wekiva River

Wekiva Falls RV Resort: Fab spring, comfy campground, gateway to scenic river

Wekiva Falls RV Resort may be the largest campground in the state, a small city tucked into an amazing wilderness with a spectacular river.

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