- Kayak St Augustine Tour ~ Chassahowitzka & Three Sisters Springs
Join us on a 2 day Manatee experience in the beautiful clear waters of Chassahowitzka & Three Sisters Springs Watching these gracful amazing creatures in their natural habitat is a gift of nature that simplifies, relaxes and astonishes the senses. It's hard not to quiet oneself, and simply connect to this mermaid of peace. Alligators themselves, allow them to pass, in the spirit of nature's way. There are two hotels which have a few rooms available. Here is their websites at http://www.macraesofhomosassa.com/ & http://www.riversideresorts.com/ We have added a link to each venue for your information and questions. Feel free to ask anything that you can't find in the comments below. Day 1, ~ Sunday - http://chassahowitzkaflorida.com/ We will be launching at Chassahowitzka River Campground around 11:00 A.M. at their ramp and paddling the Chassahowitzka River. Bring lunch or eat lunch before you arrive. Check in time at the hotels is at 3:00 After we check in we will enjoy the sunset on the deck at Macreas then dinner with friends. Day 2, Monday 2/25 Breakfast - Then we will paddle Three Sisters Springs. We will launch at The Crystal River Kayak Company (right down the street)~ 1422 Building B, SE U.S. Hwy 19 Crystal River, FL 34429 at 10:00 a.m. http://www.crystalriverkayakcompany.com/ These folks are great and I hope to get some insight of some off the beaten places for those who stay Monday night to explore on Tuesday. The launch fee is $7.00 Parking is limited, so pending how busy it is, we may need to carpool as much as possible, however it is Monday and I'm not expecting a big crowd. We will paddling to Three Sisters, Hunter and King Springs. We will be on the water until we get tired and come back. Lunch with friends after the paddle. I will be staying Monday night and doing a little exploring on Tuesday. I'm going to leave it open. Monday evening I will be chasing the sunset at the port hotel deck. Kayak Rentals~ We will not be offering kayak rentals for this trip, however the venues do offer kayak rentals. No charge for members. $ 15.00 charge for guest. Waiver- Everyone will have to fill out our waiver form here - https://kayakingstaugustine.com/waivers/ As always, PFDs with a whistle will be worn at all times while on the water. If you are impatient or in a hurry, this trip is not for you! Yak On!
- Kayak St Augustine Tour ~ Salt Springs Manatee Experience
Join us on a crystal clear paddle down the Salt Springs Run. Manatees are in the spring run this time of year and are always a joy to watch. We will launch at Salt Springs Marina located at 25711 NE 134 Place Salt Springs, FL 32134 There is a $10.00 parking fee. We will hang out with the manatees and then paddle down the run and explore Brave Bear Creek. Then paddle back out to the run and paddle down about a mile or two then return. This is going to be big fun and a beautiful clear view of all the marine life above and underwater. No experience necessary. This is an easy paddle. We have kayaks or paddle boards available for rent at $40.00 FOR THE DAY. They must be prepaid by calling[masked]. They come equipped with paddle, dry bag and law required PFD and whistle. No Charge for members to you bring your own yak $15.00 charge for any and all guests. You can pay with a credit card by calling[masked], or you can bring exact change to the launch.Payment must be made before you launch. Everyone/ No exceptions must sign a waiver prior to the event by clicking here - https://kayakingstaugustine.com/waivers/ The waivers can be filled out and signed on your phone with your finger or mouse on your laptop. One waiver per person, unless you have kid under 18 participating The duration for this paddle is about three hours. What to Bring: Hat, Sun Block, Dry Clothes, Towel, Lunch, Wet Shoes, Bug Spray, $10.00 parking fee PFDs are to be worn at all times while on the water. As always smiles are mandatory Lunch Option after the paddle at a southern cooking restaurant in Salt Springs. You can email me at [masked] with any questions. Fountain of Youth? It has been said that Salt Springs is the legendary "Fountain of Youth"... scientists have discovered that aging can be slowed by certain minerals and trace elements that are available only in unrefined ground-water. The abundance and variety of helpful minerals in the waters at Salt Springs cannot be found anywhere else in the United States So come on! Get younger! Let's Yak! 4
- Kayak St Augustine Tours - Sinsational Silver Springs Kayak Tour
Kayak St Augustine Tour ~ Silver River CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER! Join us for a Pictorial Paddle down the Sensational Silver River. Silver Springs is one of the largest artesian formations in the world, pumping about 550 million gallons of crystal-clear water daily. Silver Springs is the headwaters of the Silver River, the largest tributary on the Ocklawaha River, a part of the St. Johns River system. The natural beauty of Silver Springs has attracted visitors from around the country. Tours of the spring, in glass bottom boats began in the late 1870s. The Silver River boasts crystal clear water with abundant aquatic life and wild Rhesus Monkeys. We will launch at Silver Springs State Park. The main entrance is located on State Road 40 at 5656 E Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs, FL 34488 and meander down Fort King canoe trail and around Ross Allen Island, taking our time taking pictures and enjoying the day and the crystal clear water. We will paddle downstream to the next launch, which is about 2 miles, and have lunch. There is a porta potti. After lunch, we will continue downstream to the take out at Ray's wayside park. We will use the park shuttle to return to our cars. The shuttle price is $10.00 You may make your own arrangements for shuttle if prefere. Paddle Duration: About 4.5 hours with lunch.. We will be slowly drifting, paddling downstream, stopping along the way, viewing wildlife,(hopefully manatees) If you are in a hurry, THIS PADDLE IS NOT FOR YOU! Paddle Distance: About 5 miles. Downstream! Biginner friendly as long as you can sit in the kayak for the duration. 1 hour break for lunch to stretch your legs. Please Read Carefully! Everyone must fill out a waiver form here - https://kayakingstaugustine.com/waivers/ The waiver must be filled out in full and can be filled out on your phone or laptop, and signed with your finger on your phone or with your mouse on your laptop. Save Trees! Waiver must be filled out 24 hours in advance or you will be removed from this event and you will not be paddling with us. Best thing to do folks... is to please fill out the waiver at the time you reserve. That way you wont forget. Must have a Law required PFD and whistle - To be worn at all times while on the water. Kayak Rentals ALL RESERVATIONS AND WAIVER must be prepaid 24 hours in advance or you will be removed from this meetup event and will not be paddling with us! It's real simple folks. We have kayaks & Stand Up Paddleboards for rent for anyone who needs one at $45.00 per person. $45.00 solo kayak or SUP boards. Tandem kayaks (2 people) kayaks for $90.00 each...bring a friend. They must be prepaid online here -https://squareup.com/store/st-augustine-adventures or call[masked] with a credit card. Charges below do not apply for anyone renting kayaks. $10.00 charge for members to bring their own kayaks $25.00 charge for all non member guests to bring their own kayaks. Guests may also join this meet up group and get a free 14 day trial, however they will still be required to pay the $10.00 member event paddle fee. Reservations must be prepaid 24 hours in advance online here - https://squareup.com/store/st-augustine-adventures our by calling[masked] As with all our events..if this event is cancelled by us for any reasons, members will receive a full refund. There will be a brief safety meeting before we launch. No one is to launch before the meeting! The park is about 1.5 from St Augustine A Link to the park is below ~ https://www.floridastateparks.org/silversprings YAK ON! There will be a brief safety meeting before we launch. No one is to launch before the meeting! So come on! Smile on Silver and Yak On!
- Kayak St Augustine Tours - Sinsational Silver Springs Kayak Tour
- Kayak St Augustine Tours / A Morning on Deep Creek
Join us for a backwater paddle on Deep Creek . The area is part of the St Johns River Management District and jointly owned by the state. The wetland/swamp is part of the St Johns River floodplain. This is a great paddle and a lot of fun! We can check out the new bridge over the creek which is part of the Florida rails to trails program. The old trestle is long gone. We welcome all skill levels. This will be a leisure paddle. If you're in a hurry, this is not for you. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY! Rick Knowles will be heading up this paddle. We will arrive at 8:30 Launch Time - 9:00 Duration about 2.5 hrs Distance about 3 miles Cost is $10.00 for members and guests to bring your own kayaks. Kayak Rentals We have kayaks for rent at $40.00 for those that need one. You can pay the fee or kayak rental online here - https://squareup.com/store/st-augustine-adventures or call[masked] A 24 hour cancelation notice is required for a full refund for kayak rentals. If kayak St Augustine cancels for any reason, customer will receive a full refund. Kayaks must be pre paid 24 hrs in advance of this avent! You can save some trees and sign the waiver online here - https://kayakingstaugustine.com/waivers/ You can fill the waiver out online and sign, with your finger on your phone or mouse on your desktop. When you arrive - everyone will need to check in with Rick and sign waiver and pay $10.00 unless you prepaid and signed online. EXACT CHANGE ONLY PLEASE! Prior to launching we will have a short safety meeting. The launch is on the North East side of the bridge on 207 at the intersection of 206. Click ~ Deep Creek Boat Launch up top What to bring: Required- PFD and WHISTLE ~ TO BE WORN AT ALL TIMES WHILE ON THE WATER. SMILES ARE ALWAYS REQUIRED!! Suggested - sunblock, wet shoes, bug spray, water, snacks, Lunch (optional) after the paddle TBA So come on out and enjoy the beauty of old Florida with some excellent positive and energetic conversation with some great people and Yak ON!
- Kayak St Augustine Tours / Gator Bait Paddle ~ Six Mile Creek canceled
Canceled due to weather! Join us for a three hour slow paced yak session on Six Mike Creek. This may be the last weekend of cooler weather as we head into the summer and the bugs. Six mile is a beutiful fresh water creek that runs off the St Johns River. The creek narrows and hammocks the further up the creek we go. Although we may not see them, as with all Florida freshwater waterways, there are gators. Just be sure and wash your hands good before you come....if you had fish for breakfast. Lunch follows - (optional) location to be announced. There is a $10.00 charge for all members and guest that bring their own equipment. You can pay online here - https://squareup.com/store/st-augustine-adventures or call[masked] with a credit card. We also have kayaks for rent for the day at $40.00 each. You can pay online here - https://squareup.com/store/st-augustine-adventures or call[masked] with a credit card Due to new insurance requirements, everyone will need to sign a waiver form. You can sign the waiver online here - https://kayakingstaugustine.com/waivers/ You can fill it out and sign it with your finger on your phone or tablet, or mouse on your laptop. Press submit when you done. We will also have old fashioned paper/trees on location. PFD/Life Preservers with a whistle are to be worn at all time while on the water. Beginners very welcome! Come out and enjoy some fine folks and the beautiful wetlands of North Florida! Yee! Yakitee!