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Best Florida Paddling...

By Kayak or Canoe, Over 100 Destinations

Welcome. Explore 100+ Florida paddling destinations by Region (below), or by name listed A-Z, and find the best options near you.

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Paddle Florida by Region... by Kayak, Canoe, and Paddleboard Too

Florida Panhandle (16)

Holmes Creek, Panhandle16 destinations. 450+ photos. Maps.  Blackwater River, Coldwater Creek. Chipola River and more. Some of the best paddling. Watch the seasons.

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North Florida (16)

Waccasassa River, North Florida 16 destinations. 450+ photos. Maps. Gulf to Atlantic, Cedar Key, Suwannee River,  clear springs in Ocala Nat'l Forest. Old Florida still exists here.

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East-Central Florida (21)

Turkey Creek, East-Central Florida21 destinations. 650+ photos. Maps. Space Coast tidal creeks. Rivers, springs. Alligators, manatees, and more. Eco-tourism near Disney.

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West-Central Florida (19)

Hillsborough River, West-Central FL 19 destinations. 800+ photos. Maps. Tampa Bay preserves and coastal rivers. Wildlife viewing. See manatee at springs.

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South Florida (28)

Marco Island, South Florida28 destinations. 500+ photos. Maps. Gulf to Atlantic, Sanibel Island, Hollywood, Everglades. Find your beach.

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Florida Keys (4)

Pigeon Key, Sugarloaf, Florida Keys 4 "Escape the Wind" destinations, 90+ photos, maps. On-site rentals. Best sheltered kayaking in the Keys.

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See Florida Paddling Destinations Listed by Name A - Z  (alphabetically)

7 Paddling "Quality Factors"

Here are 7 "Quality Factors" we look for when seeking out the best places to kayak or canoe in Florida.

  1. Scenery - prefer natural environments
  2. Tranquility - few or no motorboats
  3. Wildlife - seek quantity and variety
  4. Clean Water - clarity, quality
  5. Unobstructed Water - no dragging or carrying, just paddling
  6. Shelter - from wind, sun, tide
  7. Launch - ease of access, parking

Fun Paddling in Florida for Everyone

With a temperate climate, over 1000 miles of coastline, and over 1700 miles of rivers, creeks, and spring runs, Florida is a kayak and canoe paradise. So where's the best paddling to be found? With our 7 Quality Factors as a guide, we paddle 12' sit-on-top kayaks, with comfortable seats, to report on over 100 fun half-day trips (2-4 hours), most doable for nearly everyone. Today, kayak and canoe rentals on-site are common. Rentals and outfitters are listed in our reports. It's always a good idea to call ahead. Weather is key. We find the "My Radar" weather app to be very useful. Happy paddling.

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