Myakka River (Sarasota) Tour
Experience this natural outdoor activity by kayaking the fresh waters of the Myakka River. This tour, located within Florida’s largest state park, is perfect for bird enthusiasts and nature lovers. As you paddle the pristine waters of the Myakka River, you’ll observe riverbanks filled with a variety of birds and the occasional deer, turkey, and wild hog. In addition to the abundant wildlife, a large population of alligators can be seen casually cruising down this scenic river or sunning on the river banks. But no worries...this is a safe tour. There is a minimum total group size of 6 people for this tour to launch.
With the abundance of alligators on the Myakka River (Sarasota) Tour, is it safe?
Yes, this tour is safe. The alligators in Myakka State Park are wild and have not been feed or harassed by people. The alligator’s natural instinct is to be fearful of people. So, we respect them and they respect us. It’s safe and fun!
What types of birds are seen on this tour?
This is the ideal kayaking tour for bird lovers, bird watchers and all bird enthusiasts. The variety of birds seen depends on the time of year. It is possible to see Great Blue Herons, White Pelicans, White Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Yellow-crowned Night Herons, Black-crowned Night Herons, Little Green Herons, Snowy Egrets, Roseate Spoonbills, Wood Storks, Sandhill Cranes, Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks, Owls and Limpkins. Also, there is a variety of birds of prey including Bald Eagles, Ospreys, and many types of Hawks.
Is the tour okay for children?
Yes, this tour is great for all ages. For children, we have smaller life vests and lighter paddles. We also suggest tandem (double) kayaks, so that an adult can sit in the back of the same kayak with his/her child, and help with paddling.
Is there a cost to get into the Myakka River State Park?
Yes. In addition to the cost of the Myakka River Tour, there is also a minimal charge for entrance into Myakka River State Park. This cost varies based on the number of people and the number of cars. For an exact cost, you can contact Myakka River State Park. We highly encourage you to spend some time in this exceptional park after your kayaking tour. You can explore the entire park, including miles of hiking and biking trails and the famous Canopy Walk.
Does the Myakka River water level have to be at a certain height to launch?
Yes. The water level of the Myakka River varies daily due to weather conditions and rain levels. To provide a quality tour, we will ensure that the water level is safe to kayak the entire river course before scheduling your tour.
Is the Myakka River (Sarasota) Tour a difficult paddling experience?
Part of the tour is up river, which can make for an energized paddle. Then the second half of the tour is down steam, so you can enjoy the lazy pace back home.
Where do we meet?
The Myakka River Tour launches from Myakka River State Park. Our gathering place will be determined at the time you make your reservation. Detailed directions can be found on the map below.
Do the kayaks fit all body types?
We have kayaks for all shapes and sizes. We will assist you in finding the kayak that best suits you. Our goal is to make sure that you are comfortable and enjoy your adventure.
What should I bring?
We highly recommend bringing a bottle of water and items that you would normally have while you are in the sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses). Cameras are okay, but we suggest putting them in a zipped plastic bag if they are not waterproof.
What should I wear?
Most people wear t-shirts, shorts and/or bathing suits. During the winter months we suggest a light wind breaker or a sweat shirt depending on the temperature and the wind conditions. The most important thing is to be comfortable. As for shoes, wear something that you don’t mind getting wet - flip flops, water shoes, or old sneakers are ideal.
Will my tour be cancelled if it rains?
Your safety is paramount. So cancelling a tour depends on the weather conditions. If the forecast is a light drizzle, then the tour will launch at the regularly scheduled time. If there are thunderstorms or any hint of lightening, then the tour will be postponed or cancelled. However, if you choose not to go on the tour due to weather conditions, or if your tour is cancelled, your credit card will not be charged.
Is the Myakka River (Sarasota) Tour for me?
This tour is ideal for bird enthusiasts, alligator lovers, and anyone interested in experiencing the true natural beauty of one of Florida’s untouched river ecosystems.