FPN – Resources
Here are some of the paddling resources that I have come across over the past few years. There is a lot of good information out there and hopefully this assortment of resources will help your next adventure. This list is an ongoing update.
I’ll tell you, there are a lot of resources on kayaking basics, and rather than rewrite anything that’s already been written, there is a very good guide called the Quick Start Guide to Kayaking that is quite good, as well as, free! Not only did I download this booklet, but the authors state it is ok to share it as long as credit is given, can’t beat that! So view the guide to the left, thanks to the folks at Adventure Junkies!
Visit Florida paddling trails brochure titled Florida Paddling Trails : A guide to Florida’s top Canoeing & Kayaking Trails This is a very informative guide and well worth downloading!
Guidelines for Creating Paddling Trails – Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Here is my downloadable pdf basic checklist for recreational kayaking…
Suwannee River Water Management District’s site Real Time River and Lake Levels.
Flora & Fauna Field Guides…
5-Star Yak Pak
Paddle Florida (.net)
Paddle Florida (.org)
Ocklawaha Canoe Outpost & Resort
Santa Fe Canoe Outpost
Florida Paddling Trails Association
Florida’s Designated Paddling Trails – Office of Greenways and Trails
Paddling Blogs & Forums…
5-Star Yak Pak – I enjoy the detail of this sight when it comes to identifying the Flora and Fauna of different waterways.
Sea Kayak Florida
Green Wave Forum
Local Paddling Groups…
Paddling Rentals and Tours…
Adventure Outpost: Sales, Rentals & Accessories, guided kayak and canoe tours on over 60 waterways throughout the region. Adventure Outpost 30 NW 1st Ave High Springs, FL 32643, (386) 454-0611, firstname.lastname@example.org
Anderson’s Outdoor Adventures: Sales, Rentals & Accessories, guided kayak and canoe tours. Anderson’s Outdoor Adventures currently serves the Lower Suwannee River and the middle Santa Fe River in North Central Florida. 11650 NW 115th St. Chiefland, Florida, (352) 507-0059, email@example.com
Cedar Key Paddling: 12293 State Road 24, Cedar Key, Florida 32625, 352-665-1276. Bait.Tackle.Rentals & Fishing Guide
Santa Fe Canoe Outpost: Rentals, tours, shuttles, 21410 US-441, High Springs, FL 32643, (386) 454-2050
K P Hole – Rainbow River: $5.00 entrance fee. Rentals & Shuttle. 9435 SW 190th Avenue Rd, Dunnellon, FL 34432, (352) 489-3055
Kings Landing: Rock Springs Run & Wekiva River – Rentals and Shuttle. 5722 Baptist Camp Road
Apopka, Florida 32712, (407) 886-0859
Paddling Adventures: – Rentals. Ft. White – 8294 SW Elim Church Rd. Fort White, Florida 32038, (386) 497-1113
Rum 138 : High Springs – Rentals and shuttle for the Santa Fe River. This is my old stomping grounds. I used to live on Rum Island road in the 70’s. 2070 SW CR 138. Fort White, FL 32038, 386-454-4247, firstname.lastname@example.org
Silver Springs State Park : Silver River. Inside the park at the boat ramp. Rentals only, no shuttle. 5656 Silver Springs Blvd. (SR 40), Silver Springs, FL 34488 | (352)261-5840
Suwannee Canoe Outpost: Spirit of the Suwannee Campground off US 129. Boat launch, rentals and shuttle on the Suwannee River, 8524, 2461 95th Dr, Live Oak, FL 32060, (386) 364-4991
The Kayak Shack: Weeki Wachee. Rentals, shuttles, tours and accommodations. 5414 Darlene St
Spring Hill, FL 34607, (352) 610-4169
Suwannee River Water Management District: An interactive map showing Boat ramps and canoe launches for the upper and lower Suwannee River plus portions of the Alapaha, Santa Fe, and Withlacoochee rivers.
Florida Go Fishing: Provides numerous launch locations for different sections of Florida
Paddling.com: A nice map for Paddling sites and launches
Florida State Parks: Launch Sites
I just switched to this app and have been impressed with it on my first two excursions.
Was my ‘go to’ app to record all my paddling data i.e., weather conditions, route, paddle times, length of trip and paddling speed. This was definitely a good app however over the summer they have been working on updating it and as a result it has become VERY unreliable.
Cost: Free and paid
Compatibility: Android and iOS
One of the first apps I used kayaking. It simply works! It provides me with my exact location ( Lat/Long ), provides an address of where I am as well as the approximate altitude. Does not track the paddle.
Cost: Free and paid
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Paddle Ready – I have not tried this one yet
Paddle Partner – I have not tried this one yet
Kayaks – Accessories – Gear…
My personnel accessories: