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Cold Kayaking

Posted: Dec 15 in Kayaking Blog by

When you do most of your kayaking in Florida, you usually don’t need to worry about the cold weather. However, every year there are a couple of months that send us inside to sip on hot cocoa as we wait for the sun to warm us up again. [Read more]

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Sit-on-Top Kayaks for Flatwater Paddling

Posted: Aug 14 in Kayaking Blog by

Between the St. Johns River, the Intracoastal Waterway and the many marshlands and estuaries of North East Florida, Jacksonville kayaking enthusiasts are blessed with plenty of calm water to explore. Flatwater kayaking, unlike paddling through whitewater rapids or crashing ocean waves, can be a relaxing opportunity for sightseeing and exploring the undisturbed forests and marshes that have graced this area for thousands of years. [Read more]

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Touring the Trees at Lofton Creek

Posted: May 14 in Kayaking Blog by

The blackwaters at Lofton Creek wind in and out of trees of all shapes and sizes, lining the water and providing a perfect canopy for a kayaking retreat. The protected hardwoods surrounding Lofton Creek are made up of a variety of tree species, which are really what make this creek special—the way the river winds and narrows is due to fallen trees that are now blocking the water. [Read more]

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Salt Run and the Matanzas River

Posted: Feb 29 in Kayaking Blog by

There is a lot to do in North Florida, particularly near the east coast, and whether you are looking to explore a city on the water like St. Augustine or enjoy one of the amazing paddling tours in Jacksonville, there is really something for everyone. With such low-lying areas, North Florida has swamps and rivers everywhere, and you can always count of them to be brimming with wildlife. Some of the most popular of these are the Salt Run and the Matanzas River. [Read more]

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Kayak Fishing in Jacksonville

Posted: Jan 27 in Kayaking Blog by

Kayaking is by far one of the most thrilling and exciting experiences one can have. It provides a rush of adrenaline as well as a full and complete workout. It would almost seem unheard of to pair this exhilarating sport with the laid back style of fishing. However, when combined, these two polar opposite endeavors [...]

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Kayaking to Kingsley Plantation

Posted: Jan 19 in Kayaking Blog by

Kingsley Plantation on Fort George Island is among the most fascinating Jacksonville tours available. In addition to being surrounded by natural beauty, the plantation is brimming with historical interest, featuring a slavery-era plantation house, a kitchen house, a barn and the ruins of twenty-five slave houses. One of the more exciting and physically active ways [...]

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Beginner Kayak Safety Primer

Posted: Dec 15 in Kayaking Blog by

Kayaking is an exciting sport that gets you out into the water for adventure and excitement. For many people, the beginning of their kayaking adventure is the entrance into a favorite new hobby that is practiced for a lifetime. When you are out on the water you will find that kayaking is a great work [...]

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Julington Creek Kayaking Tours in Jacksonville

Posted: Nov 14 in Kayaking Blog by

Among kayaking tours in Jacksonville, a treasure worth the trip is Julington Creek, a hidden gem of a paddling trail nestled among the southern suburbs. Julington Creek is the perfect place for kayakers who want to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the outdoors without venturing too far off the beaten path. Although it’s just [...]

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Kayaking in the Heart of Jacksonville

Posted: Sep 30 in Kayaking Blog by

Eco Tourism in Jacksonville, Residence who are drawn to downtown, People utilizing the St. John’s River for human powered vessels! OH MY! This must be a conspiracy. Funny, how one unintentional act may lead you to a purpose. Last month Joe and I were invited to a Jacksonville Vision meeting, looking at improving paddling access [...]

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Get Outside in the Fall

Posted: Sep 08 in Blog, Kayaking Blog by

Get Outside Enjoy the fall in Northeast Florida By Rachel Austin Now that the summer is ending, what will you be doing outdoors this fall? With the change of seasons comes a change in the rhythm of outdoor recreational opportunities in our area. We are fortunate to live in an area with so many natural [...]

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