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Deluxe Little Manatee River Canoe or Kayak Trip near Tampa
Deluxe Little Manatee River Canoe or Kayak Trip
Relax and take in the views of the "Real Florida" only 40 minutes from Tampa, St. Petersburg, Bradenton, or Sarasota! A canoe or kayak trip on the Little Manatee River is a great way to spend a few hours or whole day exploring one of Florida's outstanding waterways.
Float downstream with the current through the Little Manatee River State Park at your own pace and let us transport you back upstream. Observe wildlife, picnic in the park, go fishing or take a short hike. Come enjoy a great day in the Florida outdoors! Trips are self guided.
This tour includes a day of paddling with a choice of the following:
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The Little Manatee River is one of Florida's few unspoiled waterways. Designated an "Outstanding Florida Waterway", with one of the highest levels of water quality in the state.
This awesome trip offers you a chance to canoe or kayak through park lands and view beautiful natural habitat. Most commonly on this trip, people see many turtles, fish, birds, and a few alligators. Occasionally, you will see deer, hogs, otters and Florida manatees. All plants and animals in the park are protected. There is NO feeding or molestation of animals allowed.
River Conditions & Experience Levels
The Little Manatee River is a small and narrow stream with lots of twists and tree obstructions, both above and below the water. To preserve habitat, you will not clear fallen trees completely from bank to bank but there is always a clear passage. There is a water level operating range of about 6 feet. Depending on rainfall and season, you may be paddling in inches of water with little current to several feet of water with a strong current.
While all levels can be paddled, the higher river levels require higher abilities to direct your kayak or canoe. Please verify conditions are appropriate for your experience level.
17' aluminum Grumman canoes are available that have two seated paddling positions and two middle sections to hold gear or additional passengers. Additional passengers will sit on boat cushions. It allows up to three adults or two adults and two children under 12 in each canoe.
16' fiberglass Mohawk canoes are available if customers prefer. They are gel coated and have no keel. They are slightly faster than the aluminum boats but slightly less roomy and not recommended for over three persons.
Each canoe comes with canoe paddles, life jackets for everyone, two boat cushions for each extra passenger, padded and adjustable seat backs for the seated paddling positions and a dry bag or box to keep small items dry while on the river.
Kayaks offer a wonderful way to experience our river. Our kayaks are more stable and easier to handle than a canoe. In a kayak, you sit with your legs outstretched in front of you and you are seated closer down to the water. Remember that kayaks have less capacity than canoes and are limited to carrying only 1 person in a single kayak or 2 persons in a double kayak. Space for coolers and gear is more limited in a kayak also.
A double sit in style kayaks is available for 2 people. Total weight or persons and gear should net exceed 600 lbs. We also offer single kayaks in either sit in or sit on top styles in a variety of sizes with weight limits up to 400 lbs.
Conditions & Restrictions
The whole family gets the opportunity to spend a great day in the Florida outdoors observing wildlife, enjoying a picnic in the park, going fishing or taking a short hike. The entire family can enjoy a wonderful day with nature!
Tour does not offer hotel pick-up and drop-off. The tour departs from Wimauma, FL - about 28 miles south-southwest of downtown Tampa; directions will be provided on your E-Ticket. Tour is priced per canoe (3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children under 12 per canoe) or kayak; rate includes tax. Please order online or call to order or for more information.
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