If you are looking for a pristine wilderness adventure, then this is the tour for you. The large cypress-tree canopies frame the "root beer" colored waterways while wildlife can be seen at every turn. You’ll have the possibility of seeing alligators, river otters, deer, turkeys, turtles, wild hogs, and many bird species. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a bobcat or Florida panther. Fisheating Creek is an 18,000-acre wildlife management area with excellent freshwater fishing. There is a minimum total group size of 6 people for this tour to launch.
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Skill Level: All
Duration: 6 hours
What is Fisheating Creek and where is it located?
Fisheating Creek is a 52 mile-long creek that drains water from Highlands County into Lake Okeechobee in South Central Florida. We offer an 8 mile and 16 ½ mile excursion. Until a few years ago the Creek was mostly private land with no public access, until the State of Florida bought the property and turned it into a part of the Florida Trails Program. The travel time from the Sarasota/Bradenton area to the Fisheating Creek launch point is about two hours (110 miles).
What is there to see on the Fisheating Creek Tour?
This meandering Creek is bordered by huge old cypress and cedar trees, and boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in Florida. During the down river paddle, you may see Swallow-tailed Kites, Sandhill Cranes, Woodstorks, Hawks and many types of Herons. Fisheating Creek is also home to alligators, turtles, wading birds, and much more.
Do you have to be an experienced kayaker?
No, this tour is ideal for kayakers of all experience levels. This is a down river trip that offers relaxation and many photo opportunities.
Are transportation and lunch included in the cost of the tour?
Yes, transportation and entrance into the wildlife refuge are included in the cost of the tour. A designated meeting point will be determined when you book your tour. Lunch is not provided in the cost but we suggest a brown-bag lunch or extra cash for the camp outpost located at the start and finish of the tour.
What should I bring on the Fisheating Creek Tour?
We highly recommend bringing a few bottles of water and items that you would normally have while you are out in the sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses). Cameras are okay, but we suggest putting them in a zipped plastic bag. You may also want to bring a bagged lunch or some extra money for snacks at the camping outpost store. A dry change of clothes is also recommended for the ride home.
Is the Fisheating Creek Tour for me?
This tour is ideal for all kayakers who are interested in taking a step back in time and rediscovering the pristine ecosystem of Fisheating Creek in south central Florida.
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Fisheating Creek is a 52 mile-long creek that drains water from Highlands County into Lake Okeechobee in
south central Florida (110 miles
southeast of the Sarasota/Bradenton area).