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From the Novice to the Experienced Paddler, to the Birder or serious Photographer, we've got you covered. Whether you are looking for corporate team building, a school field trip, family reunion or kayaking 101 instructions, our staff will be happy to custom design your kayak experience or you can choose from these tours we have put together below. All of our tours are centrally located near Orlando, Daytona Beach, Ocala, The Villages and Mt Dora, FL. Feel free to call us at 352-589-7899 or email us at jenny@kayakcentralflorida.com when you are ready to take a kayaking trip on Florida's beautiful waterways! 



Kayaking with the Wildlife of Volusia County, Florida January 19, 2015







Paddling on the St Johns River this time of year is awesome. There is so much wildlife to see. The Great Blue Herons are nesting while the Wild Turkeys are pecking around on the island. Today we got to see a Glossy Ibis which is a rare sight for these inland waterways. The Great Egrets, American Coots, Snowy Egrets, White Ibis, Anhingas, Little Blue Herons and Cormorants were all out preening and feeding. Momma Gator was sunning, the Osprey was flying around spying for fish and the Red-shouldered Hawk was calling for a mate. As we headed toward the Spring Run the Manatees were in sight and we got to see a few out in the river munching on lunch as well. The adventure in Snake Creek is like paddling a completely different river. Narrow with Alligator Flag lining the banks, we got to see the Barred Owl, a few more little Gators and all along the way the river was dotted with sunning Turtles. There is never a dull moment on the river!  

A Christmas Eve paddle on the St Johns River 2014






Was the day before Christmas and all through the swamp
The creatures were stirring, their feathers they flaunt
Great Blue Heron on his nest, showing his best display
Hoping his mate will like what he's built and decide to stay
Manatees coming back to the Spring
Feeling that air turning cold, crisp and clean
Out in the swamp the Gators will bask
Along with the Turtles as the last sun rays pass
With a tail wind behind us the current we ride
Back to the take out with a wave goodbye
Tomorrow is Christmas, a day to revere
Our memories of God's creatures we'll keep near and dear!


A Christmas paddling poem by Kenny Boyd ;-)


From St Augustine to paddling the St Johns River December 2, 2014





Mike's friends Chris and Malcolm came over from Norway and paddling with the Manatees was on the list of things to do. Blue Springs which flows into the St Johns River in Orange City is a Winter haven for them this time of year and it's the coolest thing to have them come right up to your kayak like a gentle giant. Back in Snake Creek the marsh is still flooded which creates great opportunities to paddle within the trees. We got to see 4 Alligators sitting up on a clump of Water Pennywort sunning themselves and the Great Blue and Little Blue Herons were out playing as well as the Anhingas and Cormorants. The Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets were bumping around catching minnows while the Turtles were sunning on the logs. This is the epitome of Central Florida and it was a great day to be paddling with friends.    

With ponchos donned... a paddling adventure! 10th of November 2014






 


It wasn't sprinkling when we started out but that changed shortly after the launch. With Nigel and Deirdre from the UK and Preston and Tirzah from WA a little wetness wasn't going to spoil their day. Rain? What rain, lets go on an adventure! We paddled around the island and there were several birds out feeding. Some of our migratory friends are down now and we got to see the Little Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Cattle Egrets, Anhingas, Cormorants, Red-shouldered Hawks and a Harrier. As we headed toward the springs we saw a few Manatees and then had an encounter at the mouth of the spring run. With ponchos donned, we paddled toward Snake Creek and back into the flooded swamps of the St Johns River we stopped for our picnic lunch. These guys have now been classified as CFNA Troopers! This is the stuff memories are made of ;-)!