:: St. Martins Marsh from the air:
The Backcountry

The St. Martins Marsh Aquatic Preserve
St. Martins Marsh  
Backcountry Tour
Aardvark's offers guided kayak  outings to the
back country of St. Martins Marsh Aquatic
Preserve. Shallow waters, mangrove islands,
sand bars & shell middens make for a great
coastal paddle.
The 23,000 acre  St. Martins Marsh was designated
as one of the original Aquatic Preserves in 1969
because of its pristine nature.  Thanks to the
establishment of the Crystal River Preserve State
Park on the surrounding islands, it remains that way
today and is the crown jewel of our backcountry.

Uncrowded and unspoiled, it is one of our best
places to paddle.  The tour leaves from the Ozello
area, deep in the heart of the preserve. We explore
islands, middens, creeks and sand bars in  loop
route that can cover anywhere from 3 to 5 miles
during our 3 hours on the water.

We may encounter sea turtles, rays, dolphins, and
manatees in the warmer months and white pelicans
and bald eagles during the winter migration.

The one thing you won't see is lots of other people.