Whether you are looking for some fun for the wedding party, here on your honeymoon, corporate team building, home school activities, paddling a lazy river or some fast water. If you're a visitor, local to the area, birder, photographer, novice or advanced, a nature lover or just want to go play outside, we would be pleased to show you the way. Give us a call at 352-589-7899 or email us at jenniferkayaks@yahoo.com and allow us to help you create Your Orlando Kayak Tour.
We also offer a vacation rental home, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 4 & a few more.  Close to Disney, Daytona, the Ocala National Forest and Mt Dora. The home offers a beautiful natural setting, centrally located outside the city but close enough to enjoy it all. Visit http://www.backtonaturevacationrentals.com/ or ask us about reservations, we'll be happy to accommodate you.
Need transportation? We can help, all inclusive round trip transportation charters are available from International Drive and the Disney area.

Choose from these tours listed below or we'll be happy to customize a tour for you!

St. Johns River 
This historic river was once the highway for commerce in Central Florida bringing goods to the area by paddle wheel boat. It is now a paradise for wildlife. As one of the few rivers that flows North, several springs and tributaries join in to create estuaries for fish of all kinds. The Bald Eagles, Osprey, Great Blue Herons, Wood Storks, Limpkins, Anhingas, Egrets, Cormorants, Alligators, Turtles and many more species also nest here and call this place home. A relaxing 2-3 hour tour!
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $60.00

Rock Springs Run 
This river meanders through enchanted forests as well as wide open savannas. The water is crystal clear and home to many types of fish and wading birds. You'll also have a chance to see raccoon, bobcat, turtles etc. There are many places to stop and relax or if you choose to, go for a swim. Being close to Orlando also makes this a favorite. This is a great 2-3 or 4-5 hour trip.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary for the 2-3 hour tour $65.00
Previous Experience Necessary for the 4-5 hour tour $95.00

Extreme Emerald Cut This 2-3hour run takes you on some of Central Florida's fastest water. Paddle upstream to the top and let the river shoot you through the gap back to the bottom. This narrow river screams excitement and fun to the experienced paddler. Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary $65.00

Wekiva River
Three springs pour into this pristine river. The Great Egret, American Bittern, Woodpeckers, Great Blue Heron, as well as many other Herons and waterfowl flourish on this river. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker at one time called this home. These shallow waters create a fantastic environment for many different species of plants, fish and other wildlife. We are able to do a 2-3 hour tour or a 4-5 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $60.00 or $90.00 depending on the tour you choose

Lil’ Amazon
Come paddle one of Lake County’s hidden gems. This river lazily takes you back in time. With Emeralda Island Bird Sanctuary to the East and Lake Griffin to the West, it’s a wildlife odyssey. All forms of wading birds make this area home for the winter. Look close for rarities such as Black Crowned Night Herons, Limpkins, Wood Storks and maybe even a Purple Gallinule, they are all here! Bald Eagles, Red Tailed and Red Shouldered Hawks and Owls of all sorts are often seen as well. If you want to see the other Florida, this is it! This is a great 2-3 or 4-5 hour trip!
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $60.00 or $90.00

Silver River
Exceptionally scenic! Some twists and turns of this river can reach depths of over 25ft and it’s so clear that you can see the bottom at any depth. You will definitely hone your paddling skills going upstream but a first magnitude spring makes the trip back a breeze! You’ll have a chance to see lots of wildlife; otters, wading birds, hawks, owls, raccoons, wild pigs and more. See giant garfish, armored catfish, bowfin and maybe even a monkey or 12. This is a beautiful 4-5 hour tour or a 6-7 hour paddle!
Level of Difficulty: Must be In Good Shape or you will be when you’re done $90.00 or $125.00 depending on the tour you choose.

Extreme Blackwater Lake Paddle through a blackwater forest to a beautiful lake rimmed with Cypress trees that are hundreds maybe even thousands of years old. These weathered trees tell many stories about the history of this land. This is a 2-3 hour treat. Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary $60.00

Photographers Tour
This is a tour for the serious photographer. We have the ability to access some of the most pristine waterways early in the morning and late in the evening when photo taking is at its best. So, for the photographer who wants to hire a guide for the day, we offer a package that includes being introduced to the wildlife and waters in our tandem kayak. You paddle very little if at all, let the guide take you to the birds and you take the photographs!
Half day $150.00 or Full day $300.00

Winter Manatee Tour (Nov - Mar only) Winter in Florida is a magical time. The Manatee comes inland to bask in the 72 degree waters of Florida's beautiful springs. If you have never experienced this gentle creature, now is the time! This is a very nice 2-3 hour tour. Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $60.00

We have packages for ages 5 and above and all of our tours are booked by reservation. The prices listed here are per person, just add the tax and we are good to go.

To prepare for your excursion, here is a quick checklist of items you will need to bring:
1. Your lunch (depending upon trip time and duration)
2. Non-alcoholic beverages
3. Sun block
4. Proper water attire & a change of clothes is always a good thing to have...just in case
5. Water shoes (old sneakers will do just fine as well)
6. Sun glasses

Also, it's always good to dress in layers. That is a great way to maximize your comfort. During the warmer months, you might want to bring an extra set of clothes with you and a towel. That way you are prepared if you decide to cool off in the water.

Your guide will provide:
A cooler with ice packs to store your lunch and beverages, a first aid kit, drinking water, the kayaks, paddles, PFD (life jackets), narration and education of Florida's diverse flora and fauna, some peace & quiet on the water and a great time!

RestrictionsThere are no alcoholic beverages allowed on our tours, there is plenty of time for that afterwards.

Yaking on the St Johns River April 3, 2014








Don't get all excited, it's Root Beer


We started out today with lots of sun and a nice warm breeze from the South. As we made our way around the island we found a big mat of floating vegetation had blocked the way...No Problem!!! We all got a good run at it and muscled our way through. We headed out towards the swamp and found 4 Great Blue Herons sitting on their nests. The Little Blue Herons in the white phase are running around and the adults in the blue phase are getting their bright blue bill...we call that their Ode de Toilet or breeding plumage. 3 Bald Eagles did a little dog fight 500 feet over our heads and there were lots of Turtles and Gators out sunning. We had a moment with one that we accidentally spooked off the bank and he pushed a huge wave our way...life is always an adventure on the river!

Daytona Bike Week 2014 - Let's go paddling!












Today we got to celebrate Brian's birthday with him and Kelly and video a tour with John and Nick. The weather was absolutely beautiful! The St Johns River is a great place to explore and the wildlife came out to greet us. The Great Blue Herons are still fixing up their nests, the Little Blues, both in the white and blue phases, were all out fishing. We saw Great, Cattle and Snowy Egrets, Moorhens, Grebes and a few River Cooter and Red-bellied Turtles were out sunning too. There were several baby Alligators out swimming and sunning and the Manatees were basking in the 72 degree waters of Blue Springs. We got a few pearls today....  my sister Amy with Lee, Justin and Leigha just happened to be out boating and we got to visit with them a bit and on the way out, we saw an immature Florida Scrub-Jay learning to be the "Sentinel of the Family". There is always something new happening on the river and Mother Nature certainly blessed us today.

Sightseeing on Rock Springs Run Feb 23, 2014

We're on our way!

The clear waters of Rock Springs Run

White Ibis, the Sentinel of the dock

River Cooter and Red-bellied Turtles

Florida's state tree, the Cabbage or often called Sabal Palm

An immature Black Crowned Night Heron

He's not the one that was talking earlier but he sure has a nice perch there in the sun

Another Gator friend

From Finland to the US and Rock Springs Run ;-)

The whole Gang

Royal Fern in bloom

Stef and the Marsh Fern

The Giant Leather Fern

Blue sky, clear waters and some really tall Saw Grass

Dina and the Turtles

As we got going down the spring run, the sun was starting to peek through the clouds. Talking about the different animals and birds we were seeing all the sudden we heard this low rumble. It was the call of the wild! A male Alligator looking for a girlfriend. There was an immediate hush from the crowd, respectfully, he was no where to be found, most likely way off in the woods but that sound just reverberates off the water and it's so unique that... well I would think any Gator Woman would have a hard time resisting the call  ;-). We got to see lots of Turtles and a few other Gators. The Ferns are coming out and the Spatterdock, Duck Potato, Blackberries and Virginia Willow are all starting to bloom. I'll just let the pictures above and the videos below tell the story!

The low rumble of the Gator's mating call

Kenny the snail hunter ;-)

This is Teemu's link to his blog and story of our RSR tour.
http://kajakkikopla.blogspot.com/2014/02/kajakkikopla-goes-rock-springs-emerald.html

Kayaking near Leesburg, FL February 2, 2014










What started out to be a foggy morning turned out to be a beautiful day. Snowy Egrets, Pied-billed Grebes, Anhingas, Common Moorhens, Purple Gallinule, Red-shouldered Hawks, Great Blue Herons and a few Red- bellied Cooter Turtles were all out playing in the sun. We made it out to the marsh of Lake Griffin and in the side shoot there must have been 5000 Coots. It's a great resting place for the Wintering birds and they transform the marsh into a chattering pond. There were lots of Ospreys out fishing, carrying their catch around with them, face first of course ;-). It's an awesome sight to see, Haynes Creek is full of life.

A kayak trip on Florida's "first" highway January 2, 2014








The St Johns River was one of Florida's first highways with steam powered paddle wheel boats bringing commerce to the Central Florida area. As Jonathan, Donna, Sean and I began our trip we got to see 2 Purple Gallinules and then an American Bittern took off nearby. The Snowy, Great and Cattle Egrets, Moorhens, Little and Great Blue Herons were packing in the chow as the cold front approaches. The Anhingas are in abundance and it's evident they are looking for mates. The Manatees were coming in and out of the spring run, while the Cormorants were fishing & playing but the Bald Eagle is still the sentinel of the river! The Red-shouldered Hawks are making a racket pairing up too and they are always fun to watch. Snake Creek shared more jewels with us, a Brown Water Snake sunning in the Milkweed, a few young Alligators and several Turtles along the way. Heading back, we had a southwest wind that blew us to the take out point and that always makes for a nice ride ;-).