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Paddling

Kayaking and Canoeing

There are over 1700 streams and 20 major waterways in Florida, so it’s no surprise that canoeing is a hugely popular pastime in the Sunshine State. The lush vegetation, abundant wildlife and tranquil silence make for a sublime canoeing experience. There are many exceptional ecotourism destinations which you can explore while visiting our state.

Just as William Bartram paddled along the St. Johns River in 1763, you can slip your kayak into the same crystalline streams that intrigued him as he followed the western shore of Lake George. Launch points (and outfitters with canoes and kayaks and shuttle services at your disposal) can be found at the major springs, including Alexander Springs, Juniper Springs, Silver Glen Springs, and Salt Springs.  The Silver River and Ocklawaha River offer jungle-like paddling, with overhanging trees and cypress-knee lined shores.

Non-Motorized Boating Areas:

Links: Boating Safety, More Non-Motorized Boating in Ocala National Forest