Visit Steinhatchee Marina for the Best Kayaking in FL
Florida is one of the best places in the world to be if you love water sports, sea life, and fun under the sun. There is much to be said about chartering a boat to go out fishing or scalloping for the day, but if you’d prefer to avoid the noise of boat engines in favor of a more natural approach, why not take a kayak out instead? Kayaking, river or ocean-bound, is one of the most enjoyable ways to enjoy the great outdoors. At Steinhatchee Marina, we’re pleased to provide some of the best kayaking experiences you’ll find anywhere along the Gulf Coast. With competitively priced kayak rentals and incredible scenery all around us, Steinhatchee Marina is a top choice for avid kayakers.
A Look at Kayaking in Steinhatchee, FL
Florida has quite a lot to offer water enthusiasts, with well over a thousand miles of coastline, thousands of lakes, and 1,700 rivers. Some of the best kayaking spots in the state are located right here in Deadman’s Bay and the Steinhatchee River. In fact, Steinhatchee River boasts a designated paddling trail, which starts at Steinhatchee Falls. A unique feature of this trail is that approximately one mile of it is underground! As you near the Gulf toward the end of this eight-mile+ trail, you’ll note that the river becomes tidal.
Unlike many other rivers, the Steinhatchee River is practically custom-made for sightseeing kayakers, as there is no commercial development along its banks. It’s also a healthy, robust river ecosystem, with dense vegetation along the shoreline and a plethora of critters in and around the water. You might see manatees, gators, beaver, and river otters when you head out on a kayak.
Why Rent Kayaks in Steinhatchee, FL?
There are more than a few places to rent kayaks around the State of Florida, but one of the hidden gems of the region is Steinhatchee. At Steinhatchee Marina, not only do we offer competitively priced kayak rentals, but we specialize in clear boat kayaking. When you rent one of our completely transparent specialty kayaks, you’ll enjoy an enhanced kayaking experience. You can look straight through your boat to marvel at the sea life underneath the waves.
The helpful and friendly staff at Steinhatchee Marina enjoys interacting with our guests and answering their questions. If you’re curious about our recommended kayaking spots and trails, ask away! We’re always happy to help our guests get the most out of their visit to Steinhatchee.
Kayaking Laws and Regulations in Florida
Before you head out on the water, be sure to brush up on the state and local laws and regulations that affect kayakers. In Florida, all non-motor-powered kayaks are exempt from registration and from boating education identification requirements. There is no minimum age requirement to go out clear boat kayaking. Boating under the influence laws do apply.
Florida requires one life jacket on board per person, and all children under six are required to wear a USCG-approved Type I, II, or III PFD. If you plan to go out kayaking before sunrise or after sunset, you’ll need at least a flashlight or a lantern. You must also have a sounding device any time of the day.
Fishing Kayak Experiences in Steinhatchee
Kayaking by itself is certainly fun, but you may want to ramp up your experience by taking along some fishing gear. The Steinhatchee River and Deadman’s Bay both offer incredible fishing opportunities, with many species available. When you visit Steinhatchee Marina, you can swing by our convenient, onsite shop. Here, you can choose from a wide assortment of fishing tackle and live bait.
Get the Best Kayaking Experience at Steinhatchee Marina
Create unbeatable memories to last a lifetime on Deadman’s Bay in Steinhatchee, Florida. Contact Steinhatchee Marina today to request further information about clear kayaking and our kayak rentals. You can reach us at (352) 578-1900 or fill out our contact form to request more information. Be sure to check out our boat rentals and our Marina Bar and Restaurant while you’re here!