Aucilla River (4 hours) $60/person
The black-tinted water of the Aucilla River meanders 89 miles through Florida’s Big Bend region in southeastern Tallahassee. Moss-draped trees and native plants line the river as it carves through swamps and limestone banks. The river plays a game of “hide and seek” as it disappears into the ground, resurfacing a couple miles later along the Florida National Scenic Trail. Before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico at Apalachee Bay, the Aucilla River appears in a variety of sinkholes, caves, and springs. Its unique geological landscape attracts an abundance of wildlife, enticing many hunters and anglers to the area. The Paleoindians were among the first inhabitants to experience the benefits of Aucilla River over 12,000 years ago. Today, the Aucilla River provides paddling, fishing, hiking, and biking opportunities along its network of trails. Water levels greatly determine your paddling experience on the middle Aucilla. At low water levels, rocky shoals and intricate limestone outcroppings are to be expected. Big rapids is a highlight at lower water levels and can be portaged around if necessary. Contact me for details.
Half Mile Rise (4 hours) $80/person
Half Mile Rise offers up an adventure not many have been on. This paddling adventure takes you to untouched waters where maneuvering under and over logs, and possibly around is the norm. It ends by dumping you into a half mile portion of the Aucilla River. Paddle to the end where it swirls back underground before paddling back up to the take out. If you’re looking for something remote and unique, then this trip is for you!
Lake Bradford Chain ‘O Lakes (3 hours) $50/person
Lake Bradford is located on the southwest side of Tallahassee, next to the airport and is an oasis among the city. This blackwater cypress lake takes you to sinkholes, lilypads, under Capital Circle and through mazes of cypress tress with an occasional airplane coming in for a landing or taking off. It’s an excellent place for fishing, exploring and/or photography!
Lake Lafayette Paddling Trail (4 hours) $60/person
Fed by Lafayette Creek, Lake Lafayette is located in the coastal lowland of eastern Tallahassee bordering Tom Brown Park, the Piney Z neighborhood, and the J.R Alford Greenway. A large number of Native American mounds surround the lake, making it one of the premiere paleo-archaeological sites in Florida. Bald eagles, ospreys, and other nesting species are often seen along the 7.8 mile paddling trail that winds through the lake.
Slave Canal (4 hours) $80/person
Connecting the Wacissa and the Aucilla Rivers, this narrow waterway winds through three miles of barely touched land. Constructed in the 1800’s, the canal attracted plantation owners eager to quickly transport cotton to their ships in the Gulf. Today, paddlers can glide through crystal clear waters under arching cypress trees to witness the natural beauty of this secluded place. This paddle destination is not for the faint of heart! Tight bends, numerous obstacles and sometimes swift current makes the Slave Canal a must-do for any adventurer!
Wacissa River Spring Hop (4 hours) $60/person
About a mile south of the town of Wacissa, in south-central Jefferson County, are the headwaters of the Wacissa River. The crystal clear water emerges from a group of large limestone springs which we will visit. Flowing 15 miles from its launch point, the river travels through a wide cypress swamp before breaking off into several interlaced channels that flow into the Aucilla River. Visitors often marvel at the variety of wildlife they encounter from egrets and osprey, to alligators and turtles.
Wakulla River (2.5 hours) $50/person
Carrying the outflow from Wakulla Springs, the Wakulla River flows 11 miles to the St. Marks River. The river is known for its clear, clean water that is often used by filmmakers and photographers to capture beautiful underwater shots. From blue heron, to mullet, to manatees, the river is packed with wildlife. This slow moving river is suitable for all ages, and is a great place for beginners to learn how to paddle.