Our longest Marathon Loop. It is not particularly overbearing because the biking’s done on a smooth, hard levy & the kayaking’s done with the current.
Head water history joins the kayaking leg immediately, because the remaining southernmost, naturally winding “birth” of the mighty St Johns River, starts here. There is a variety of birds to be seen during this loop with gator sightings likely.
The use of the Umbrella Attachment on our kayaks is very nice and likely on this Bald Cypress Reach. Rare rains (for a good part of the year) are one reason but protection from a few hours in the hot sun, is the main reason.
This is our one tour that offers a fishing option. These headwaters have a good fish population. The water is cleaner with less silt buildup on the river’s bottom. Light fishing rods and tackle are provided. This fishing option can extend the outing time 30 minutes to an hour and requires an extra but very small fee.
This 8 hour outing, demands that participants be in very good condition. Respiratory health is most important going the length of this Tour’s 22 miles (over land & water). Being much overweight will make this long Tour difficult. Many healthy Nature lovers find it a worthy challenge because of its beauty and wildlife. Nice memories and the great feeling of accomplishment, always follows this tour. It’s ultimate “Reach” is a magnificent forest stand of Bald Cypress (after kayaking to the end of a very narrow 1 1/2 mile creek). Besides floating and paddling down the St Johns River, three small Lakes are also scanned. The final and brief waterway stretch accomplished is the Old 192 Highway Canal. Actually, there are other areas of historical significance discussed on this Eco Tour (including Early American history and that of the native Ais Indian Tribes living along the St Johns River and in colonies inland towards Melbourne, Fl).
This Tour’s final leg is enjoyed paddling the War Canoe (which carries our group limit of 6 members and one tour guide very comfortably). Team Paddling is great on tour because “alternative resting” between members can be enjoyed. Routinely and just prior to this short “journey” back to camp and the parked cars, a provided Picnic Lunch is enjoyed under some beautiful trees. It always gets the tour group recharged and ready to go the final 3 1/2 miles.
Loop time: Approximately 8 hours over 22 miles (of land and water)
$159 – Available Year Round