Wakulla River - Kayaking
This river, teeming with wildlife, makes a perfect day for any paddler from beginner to expert. There are multiple starting points and you can take your own boat or rent one from various outfitters.
Destination Distance From Downtown
The Wakulla River is a tidal river. Therefore, it is possible to have to paddle against the current even when you are truly paddling downstream, if the tide is coming in. If you choose to paddle on this river on the weekend during the summer months, you will also have a lot of boat traffic to deal with, unless you get started very early.
Time To Complete
It will generally take approximately 4 hours to paddle from the "Lower Bridge" to the "Upper Bridge" and to return, round-trip. If you are short on time you can turn around at any point before you reach the next bridge. If you are looking for a full day, you can paddle from the Wakulla River to the St. Marks or out to the mouth of the 2 rivers after they join in the town of St. Marks, FL.
Spring, Summer, and Fall
The springs that feed this river remain approximately 70 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, making this trip very refreshing in the warmer months. The water remains warm enough for winter paddling as well, with the right gear.
It is possible to bring a dog on your boat, but beware of the alligators and motorboats if the dog will be swimming.
There are fees for renting boats, as well as a $5 fee for using the boat ramp at San Marcos de Apalache State Historic Site.