River Kayaking the Nature Coast
In addition to our Coastal Kayaking trips, we also offer guided excursions on many of rivers of the Nature Coast. Florida, being as flat as it is, limits us to flatwater paddles. There is not enough elevation change to create whitewater. All of our river trips occur in slow water and allows us to complete the trips without the use of a shuttle.
These rivers include the Rainbow River, Chassahowitzka River, and Withlacoochee River. For larger groups and private tours, we also offer trips to the Silver River, Waccasassa, and Little Wekiva.
Rainbow River & Springs
The Rainbow Springs run is one of the largest spring runs in the world. It averages a discharge of over 400 million gallons of water per day.
Its waters have an average temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit year round.
Our guided tour takes you upriver to the head springs and back. No shuttle required. It is an easy paddle from most everyone and it is possible to mix SUPs and kayaks on this trip. Wildlife is abundant with fish and turtles highly visible. Learn about Florida Springs and their inhabitants while enjoying a lazy day on the river.
In the warmer months, swimming is possible at several springs.
Public Rainbow River Tours (Participants must be at least 13 years old). $ 50 pp pt.*
Private Rainbow River Tours (No age limit). $100 pp pt.
Kid's Rainbow River Tours ( for families with children 12 and under). $ 65 pp pt.
The Chassahowitzka* (AKA Chas for short) is a mini amazon. Our tour starts at the
upper reaches which are formed by 7 Sisters and the Devil's Punchbowl spring heads
within the Withlacoochee State Forest. There are many different routes to run
depending on water levels and season. Baird Creek and "The Crack" are frequently
included as is Salt and Houseboat Springs. mullet, turtles, otters, and manatees
are frequently seen.
Some routes will take us downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico where we may enter
the Chassahowtizka National Wildlife Refuge. As Special Use Permit holders,
we practice passive observation and a Leave No Trace ethic
* Chassahowitzka is derived from Seminole-Creek meaning hanging pumpkin.
Public Chassahowitzka River Tours (Participants must be at least 13 years old) $ 50 pp
Private Chassahowitzka River Tours (No age limit) $100 pp
The Withlacoochee (South) can be can be divided into sections. Much of the river is
bordered by the Withlacoochee State Forest, conservation easements or
watershed-recharge lands, or wildlife preserves. The Withlacoochee, whose lowermost
reaches near the Gulf fell victim to the properly abandoned Cross Florida Barge Canal,
extends 100 miles long, with 84 miles of quality paddling, almost all of which is a
state-designated paddling trail.
Once a refuge for Seminole Indians during the Second Seminole War, the river emerges from
the Green Swamp in west central Florida and twists and bends through scenic sandhills
before entering a swampy terrain of cypress, gum and maple. Overhanging limbs
form a lacy canopy. During dry seasons, paddlers may encounter logs and hyacinth jams.
Although this is a long trail, numerous access points enable paddlers to choose shorter trips.
* Withlacoochee is derived from Seminole-Creek meaning little big waters.
Public Withlacoochee River Tours (Participants must be at least 13 years old) $ 50 pp
Private Withlacoochee River Tours (No age limit) $100 pp
Kid's Withlacoochee River Tour for families with children 12 and under $ 65 pp