Florida obviously has plenty of water, with a wide variety of options when it comes to flatwater paddling.
Blue Spring State Park is located in Orange City, Fla., about 50 miles north of Orlando and offers excellent flatwater paddling access to the St. Johns River and neighboring lakes. The spring is the habitat for over 15 threatened or endangered plants and animals.
The 19-mile long Blackwater Creek is a in Eustis, Fla., and much of it goes through the center of Seminole State Forest and eventually meets up with the Wekiva River in the east. The route is heavily wooded on the sides, and narrow, but still easily passable. The canopy of trees along the banks helps to block some of the Florida sun and keep you cool.
The Econlockhatchee (Econ) River snakes it’s way through 54.5 miles of central Florida. It is a great river for people who are looking for a place to do some canoeing or kayaking, but would rather avoid the crowds at a local state park.