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Eight Tips for Your Family Canoeing Adventure

Eight Tips for Your Family Canoeing Adventure

Canoeing in Northwest FloridaA canoe or kayak trip down a spring-fed stream in the Florida Panhandle can be one of the most enjoyable family adventures, almost any time of the year. Adventures Unlimited makes it easy: We’ll help you put in, then pick up you up at the end of the 4, 7, 11, or 15-mile trip. Extend your fun with an overnight canoe trip and campout on a sandbar, or thrill the whole family with a zip down our famous zip line.

Here are some tips to make your canoeing trip as enjoyable as possible:

  1. Bring enough food and water for the duration of your canoe trip. Trips usually take about 1.5 to 5 hours to complete, depending on length. So, don’t let the family go hungry or thirsty!
  2. Bring sunscreen, hats, shirts. The water is cool, but the sun is warm. Protect yourself.
  3. Wear your personal floatation device when you’re in the canoe. Be safe. The water levels can be greater than six feet deep in spots.
  4. If you’re new to river sports, consider a kayak trip instead of a canoe. Kayaking allows you to sit lower in the water and although kayaks aren’t as roomy as canoes, they’re less likely to tip over and cost less to rent. We also provide some of the best tubing trips in Florida for those prefering to relax and float down the creek.
  5. Consider tying down your supplies, just in case you do tip over! Bungee cords work well. Use water-tight containers to protect food or valuables. Sealable plastic bags are great for that. (No glass containers allowed.)
  6. Dogs are welcome, as long as they’re well-behaved. ($10 per pet.)
  7. Keep track of everyone, including animals, in your party. Make sure everyone is accounted for at all times.
  8. Leave only your footprints….But bring a trash bag with you, and dispose of it properly when your trip is done, so you and others can enjoy a pristine nature experience next time.

Adventures Unlimited offers family canoeing adventures in Coldwater Creek and Blackwater River. We have a team of highly experienced staff who are familiar with the state forest and the river. Call us at (850) 623-6197 with any questions on your next family canoeing trip!