Friends of Fakahatchee: Dedicated to financial and volunteer support to preserve the unique ecology and cultural heritage of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and educate the public about its importance.

Paddle the East River for a Fakahatchee Adventure

The East River launch is off US41 (Tamiami Trail) almost exactly 5 miles west of the SR29 intersection. The river flows through small lakes and narrow mangrove tunnels before gradually widening into an open tidal river into Fakahatchee Bay.

Permitted Commercial Operators can guide your paddling adventure in the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. A portion of the proceeds of their ticket sales benefits the Park and its programs.

You can explore the Park’s paddling opportunities on your own using our East River Paddling Map. You may also choose to begin your explorations with an Official Friends of Fakahatchee tour.

Tour Operators

North Carolina Outward Bound School

For over 50 years, NC Outward Bound School (NCOBS) has been delivering challenging outdoor adventure programs for people of all ages and walks of life. Every Outward Bound course is built around a progression that delivers powerful life lessons by encouraging participants to safely and confidently step outside their comfort. . . Explore more

Adventure Paddle Tours

Adventure Paddle Tours offers kayak tours launching from the East River Canoe trail located in the heart of the Fakahatchee State Park. All tours are led by owner-operator Kyle McKenzie and include all kayaking equipment necessary to enjoy a day on the water. Tours begin with a 15-minute paddle lesson. . . Explore more

Ivey House Everglades Kayak Adventures

The Ivey House as we know it today was founded in the 1980’s.  The inn is open year round and offers 18 spacious, comfortable rooms surround by our beautifully landscaped, screened-in courtyard. The goal is meet our guests' needs for lodging, guided eco-tours and boat rentals. The front desk area. . . Explore more
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The Fine Print

The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The permitted commercial operators above are independent contractors and are not owned by or affiliated with FOF or the DEP. Any bookings or ticket purchases should be made directly with the respective Permitted Commercial Operators who are solely responsible for providing the contracted services. The information in this website relating to the permitted operators is provided by them and has not been verified by FOF, and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, or services, contained on this website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.