Our guides are outdoorsmen; CPR certified and well versed in the natural settings. You can bird watch, swim, snorkel, fish or just enjoy lazily paddling these spring fed rivers. We see Great Egret, American Bittern, Woodpeckers, Great Blue Herons, Turkeys, Deer, Raccoon, Gar Fish, Armored Catfish, Turtles as well as many others. It's a photographer’s delight!
These waters create a fantastic environment for many different species of flora and fauna. To learn more about our tours, visit our homepage listed below. We invite you to read through our Blog and learn how an eco tour on Florida's rivers can bring you the serenity we all look for from time to time.
Rock Springs Run
This river meanders through enchanted forests as well as wide open savannas. The water is crystal clear and home to many types of fish and wading birds. You'll also have a chance to see raccoon, bobcat, turtles etc. There are many places to stop and relax or if you choose to, go for a swim. Being close to Orlando also makes this a favorite. This is a great 2-3 or 4-5 hour trip.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary for the 2-3 hour tour $ 59.00
Previous Experience Necessary for the 4-5 hour tour $89.00.
Extreme Emerald Cut
This 2-3 hour run takes you on some of Central Florida's fastest water. Paddle upstream to the top and let the river shoot you through the gap back to the bottom. This narrow river screams excitement and fun to the experienced paddler. Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary $59.00
Three springs pour into this pristine river. The Great Egret, American Bittern, Woodpeckers, Great Blue Heron, as well as many other Herons and waterfowl flourish on this river. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker at one time called this home. These shallow waters create a fantastic environment for many different species of plants, fish and other wildlife. We are able to do a 2-3 hour tour or a 4-5 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $59.00 or $89.00 depending on the tour you choose
Come paddle one of Lake County’s hidden gems. This river lazily takes you back in time. With Emeralda Island Bird Sanctuary to the East and Lake Griffin to the West, it’s a wildlife odyssey!! All forms of wading birds make this area home for the winter. Look close for rarities such as Black Crowned Night Herons, Limpkins, Wood Storks and maybe even a Purple Gallinule, they are all here! Bald Eagles, Red Tailed and Red Shouldered Hawks and Owls of all sorts are often seen as well. If you want to see the other Florida, this is it! This is a great 2-3 or 4-5 hour trip!
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $59.00 or $89.00
Exceptionally scenic! Some twists and turns of this river can reach depths of over 25ft and it’s so clear that you can see the bottom at any depth. You will definitely hone your paddling skills going upstream but a first magnitude spring makes the trip back a breeze! You’ll have a chance to see lots of wildlife; otters, wading birds, hawks, owls, raccoons, wild pigs and more. See giant garfish, armored catfish, bowfin and maybe even a monkey or 12. This is a beautiful 4-5 hour tour or a 6-7 hour paddle!
Level of Difficulty: Must be In Good Shape or you will be when you’re done $89.00 or $125.00 depending on the tour you choose.
This is a tour for the serious photographer. We have the ability to access some of the most pristine waterways early in the morning and late in the evening when photo taking is at it's best. So, for the photographer who wants to hire a guide for the day, we offer a package that includes being introduced to the wildlife and waters in our tandem kayak. You paddle very little if at all, let the guide take you to the birds and you take the photographs!
Half day $125.00 or Full day $250.00
Winter Manatee Tour
(Nov - Mar only) Winter in Florida is a magical time. The Manatee comes inland to bask in the 72 degree waters of Florida's beautiful springs. If you have never experienced this gentle creature, now is the time! This is a very nice 2-3 hour tour. Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $59.00
Lots of Fun = Lots of Great Memories
To prepare for your excursion, here is a quick checklist of items you will need to bring:
1. Your lunch (depending upon trip time and duration)
2. Non-alcoholic beverages
3. Sun block
4. Proper water attire
5. Water shoes (old sneakers will do just fine as well)
6. Sun glasses
7. Cameras are OK too
Also, it's always good to dress in layers. That is a great way to maximize your comfort. You might want to bring an extra set of clothes with you and a towel. That way you are prepared if you decide to cool off in the water.
Your guide will provide:
A cooler with ice packs to store your lunch and beverages, a first aid kit, drinking water, the kayaks, paddles, PFD (life jackets), narration and education of Florida's diverse flora and fauna, some peace & quiet on the water and a great time!
There are many hotels as well as bed & breakfasts here. You can also camp in an RV park or in the Ocala National Forest. This area offers everything from fine dining, relaxing meals on the river or lakes, to cozy settings or taverns to visit.
Jenny Boyd is a Florida native. She was born in Eustis, FL where she and her husband Kenny reside now. Her love for the great outdoors started at a very young age. Being concerned that she would waddle down to the lake they grew up on, her sisters taught her to swim when she was an infant. At the age of 5, she went on her first hiking trip, riding on the top of her Dad’s backpack, while her family hiked through the Smokey Mountains. This trip started her curiosity and education of the flora and fauna that exists in the Southeast region and her knowledge continues to grow. She and Kenny hike and camp every chance they get throughout FL and the mountains of NC and TN. In 2002, Jenny started volunteering at S.A.D.L.E.S. an organization that is committed to helping children of all ages through Equine therapy. This brought her love of the great outdoors and animals together and enabled her to help teach others as well. She is a member of the Coastal Conservation Association and Ducks Unlimited. Our mission, Jenny says, is to help others experience the peaceful, rejuvenating, fun side of these beautiful backcountry places that exist here in Central Florida. Being outside, with nature, in a peaceful environment, away from the hustle and bustle has a calming effect on people and has been proven to reduce stress. That is what we hope to accomplish. When your customers leave with a huge smile on their face, thanking you for doing something you love to do, it warms your heart.