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Paddling in Central Florida, Eco-Tourism Destination

Central Florida is a mecca for eco-tourism in Florida, providing a natural alternative to the theme parks. Paddling opportunities span east from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico on the west. To the east, the Space Coast is defined by the Indian River Lagoon and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The central area is dominated by the St. John's River, with the Orlando area featuring several outstanding spring runs. To the west, the Nature Coast is more remote with salt marsh, tree islands and winding tidal creeks, while around and south of Tampa Bay are scenic rivers and mangrove creeks.

Note: Lake County Water Authority offers free canoe rentals at Crooked River Preserve south of Clermont, Flat Island Preserve in Leesburg, and kayaks at Lake Norris Conservation Area near Eustis, Bourlay Historic Nature Park in Leesburg, and Hickory Point Park on Little Lake Harris near Tavares. Deposit is refundable. Download the application here: http://www.lcwa.org/assets/canoe-kayak-app2012.pdf

Paddle Central Florida


Central Florida Links and Sample Photos (hover over images to enlarge)
Central (Orlando)
Blue Spring/
St. John's River
Dora Canal Econlockhatchee River
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A designated manatee refuge Short but scenic One of the last
unspoiled rivers
in Central Florida
Lake Norris /
Blackwater Creek
Rock Springs Run Shingle Creek
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Paddle the Blackwater Creek
trail to Lake Norris, then enjoy
the cypress forest
Our favorite paddling destination
in Central Florida
A tranquil get-away
in the middle of the
Disney tourist corridor
Wekiva River
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A designated National
Wild and Scenic River
   
East (Space Coast)
Canaveral National Seashore (north) Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Shipyard Island
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Upper Mosquito Lagoon,
south of New Smyrna Beach
Unparalleled views of
unspoiled natural habitat
and wildlife
At Canaveral National Seashore (north), south of New Smyrna Beach
Spruce Creek
Paddle Spruce Creek, New Smyrna Beach - Kayak, CanoePaddle Spruce Creek, New Smyrna Beach - Kayak, Canoe
Between Daytona Beach
and New Smyrna Beach
West (Nature Coast)
Chassahowitzka River Homosassa River Kings Bay (Crystal River)
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Spring-fed pristine river, the wildlife refuge is only accessible by water Paddling with manatees Popular with manatees and abounding with birds
Rainbow River Weeki Wachee River Withlacoochee River
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The entire river is a Registered National Landmark Fed by Weeki Wachee Spring, home of the Weeki Wachee Mermaids One of a few rivers flowing north, originating in the Green Swamp
West (Tampa Bay)
Alafia River Cockroach Bay Hillsborough River
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The Spanish moss overhanging the river was a notable feature Pristine paddling on Florida's central-west coast 30-mile Designated Paddling Trail
Little Manatee River Manatee River Weedon Island
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From forest to bay, paddling through unspoiled Florida Near Bradenton, an easy paddle Paddling through mangrove
near St. Petersburg

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