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January in Florida: Perfect Paddle Weather

Who’d of Thunk It?

We have had one heck of a January in  Central Florida:   Temperatures in the 80’s, not much rain, perfect paddle weather.   The number of days where kayaking has been possible, far exceeded our ability to get out and paddle.  Hopefully other paddlers have been able to enjoy some of these perfect days.

This trip on the Mayaka River on  January 4th show’s just how warm it’s been.  Beautiful isn’t it?

Trees are even getting tricked into coming out in their spring green clothes.  Robins are flying around and flowering trees are starting to but out as well.

If you and your party are itching to get away from cold and get out on the water, come on down and pick up a paddle.  You won’t be sorry.

If you are an angler, you’re probably having some great luck right now.  The trout and redfish are  going crazy.  If you don’t know where to find em?  Call Derek Burgos of PHATFISH Kayak Charters.  He’ll take you on a kayak fishing trip you’ll never forget!  He even has a special right now.. 50 bucks off a kayak fishing charter.   Fishing with Derek is a fun event.  Even if you are local, he’ll show you some techniques and give you a good idea of how it’s done.  You can consider it fishing tuition.  Plus, you get to fish in the Diablo kayaks, a great platform for kayak fishing.

Yep,  it is hard not to feel sorry for those shivering in the colder climates.  We are so lucky here in Florida!

Paddle on folks!

Paddle Sarasota Area With Native Paddle Guide

Mangrove Tunnel Tour

Paddling MangrovesIf you are in the Sarasota area, this sounds like a blast!  Adventure Kayak Outfitters has a tour originating at South Lido Nature Park and  includes not only Dolphins and Manatee watches but a cool tour through the mangrove tunnels of  the Lido Keys.

Kayaking Mangrove tunnels is an awesome way  to get close to the hidden jewels in Florida’s estuaries.  You’ll be paddling “behind the curtain,” where power boats would not dare to tread. Kayaks though, can go,  navigating secret routes of exotic shy birds, fish, crustaceans and mammals.   You can travel right along with them in cool dappled sunlit tubes formed by the mangroves.

Adventure Kayak Outfitters looks like they have it all together with good gear, and great trips in a fantastic area to explore. The Mangrove tour is one of their most popular but they have others too. Franklin Miller is your host.  Tell him you found out about Adventure Kayak Outfitters from Native Paddler!  Check them out and book a tour.

Florida Guided Paddle Trips

Visiting? Try These Guided Paddle Tours!

Florida is the home of many majestic and scenic rivers. Your trip to Florida should not be complete without enjoying at least one paddle trip.   Some companies excel at getting you on the water and paddling these beautiful spots. One of our favorites is  Adventure Outpost located in High Springs Florida just outside of Gainesville.  This area is the Springs Heartland of Florida and home to some of Florida’s most loved spring fed rivers.   But Adventure Outpost doesn’t limit its tours just to North Florida Rivers,  Adventure Outpost schedules guided trips on over 40 rivers in Florida.


If you’ve been dying to see a manatee, some of the winter trips Adventure Outpost has planned will leave the guesswork out of your dream.  Florida springs in the winter are regularly inundated with scores of Manatees, and AO will find the right spring to paddle  where you will definitely have encounters.

Hanker a romantic moonlight trip? Every full moon Adventure Outpost plans at least one night trip to enjoy spectacular paddling on the Santa Fe by moonlight.

History Paddle Tours let you explore the history and prehistory of some of North Florida’s most scenic and remote rivers.  These tours, and many of the trips by Adventure Outpost are Led by Lars Anderson a local history writer,  naturalist, and experienced paddle guide.

For more information, click their logo above and go visit their site.  I’m sure you will find a gentle paddling adventure that will make your Florida visit special!


Myakka River State Park Makes Top 10 2011 Paddle Trips

“The Paddling Guru” from Perception Kayak, has released the top 10 paddle trips for 2011 and Myakka River State Park near Sarasota was number 3 on the list.  Myakka River was the only Florida Destination on the list, but the other trips are great to dream about!  Visit Perception Kayak to view the list and plan your year of paddling!

Florida’s Myakka River,  is one of two Florida rivers designated by the State as a  Wild and Scenic River.  It is a beautiful paddle. If you long to see alligators you WILL see them on the Myakka river!  All 14 miles of paddling trails exist within the park boundaries with various put in points.

Myakka River State Park offers camping, camping cabins, rental kayaks and canoes and is one of Florida’s most popular State Park destinations.   In addition to paddling, there are 37 miles of hiking trails and Myakka River State Park is also Horse Friendly with corrals and trails to ride with your horse.

Want more info?  Visit  Myakka River State Park online

Planning a trip to Myakka State Park? Let us know! Been there? Tell us about it! What was your experience?

Florida Paddlers! Welcome to Native Paddler…

Florida Paddlers… We are here for you!

Give us a day or two and you’ll find a lot kayak and canoe paddling info on Native Paddler. Our aim is to be the best info site for paddle sports in Florida.   We will post trips, fishing tournaments, tides, weather and more for our great Florida region.  We want your participation! Did you Paddle this weekend? Where did you go? What did you do? Did you camp? Did you Fish? We want to know, heck Florida Paddlers will want to know!

If you have an article to submit about a trip you took, we are ready to publish you.  Pictures of the big one you caught in skinny backwaters? Post it!   Instructions will follow!

Thanks for Visiting and get ready to use Native Paddler as your source for great kayak and Canoe adventures in Florida.


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