The East River Fakahatchee State Park kayak tour is the quintessential backcountry experience in South Florida. With zero development – other than the dirt road used to access the water – one will immediately understand the vastness of Florida’s largest state park. Adventure Paddle Tours guests will kayak through this never-ending maze of mangrove tunnels and backwater lakes and can expect to see the American alligator, numerous long-legged wading birds, osprey and of course all four species of mangroves.
This tour paddles through primarily brackish water, providing our guests with an amazing example of a well-preserved estuary. The numerous ponds and lakes connect to the Fakahatchee Bay in the Gulf of Mexico and act as a nursery for snook, tarpon, sharks and many more species. With strong paddlers this route can reach the Fakahatchee Bay, although most tours will stay tucked in the protected ponds and tunnels.
Guests will meet their guide at the East River canoe launch located 19 miles east of the intersection of Collier Blvd and state highway 41 in East Naples. This launch site is about 25 minutes from downtown Naples and Marco Island. For google maps enter “East River Park and Launch” Included in the price of this tour is our mandatory State Park entrance fee of $2 per person along with a 13% donation. These fees go directly to the Fakahatchee Park, not the State Park system umbrella, allowing us to not only experience an amazingly managed and well preserved park, but also allowing us to donate directly to our local park!
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