This ranger-led kayak tour takes visitors along the shoreline of Manatee River. Reserves one seat on ranger-led guided kayak tour. Children must be at least 7 years of age AND weigh over 50lbs. All participants must be able to paddle a kayak vessel for up to an hour and a half and participate in a strenuous physical activity. Park staff has the right to refuse a visitor's participation due to issues of physical concern and weight limits of kayak vessels. Program can be cancelled at a moment's notice due to water and weather conditions. Reservation fee is non-refundable.
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Kayak Tours run on the weekend from June to October every other week pending weather, water, and staffing conditions.
Tours are by reservation only.
Kayak tours are limited to 10 participants.
Please arrive at 9:00am to check-in with park staff. Participants must attend the safety briefing by a Ranger to continue the tour.
Everyone must be in good health with no recent illnesses or surgery. Everyone must be comfortable in the water, and able to get back into a kayak under their own power (with some assistance from the ranger) should they fall in. Participants should be prepared and able to lift and carry kayaks, and other equipment for short distances. Visitors not able to do this should advise park rangers. Those with special needs must contact the park at least two weeks in advance to determine suitability/ ability to accommodate needs.
Weight limit is 400 pounds total capacity for tandem (2 seat) kayaks. Children must be at least 7 years old and weigh 50lbs. 15 years old or less must be accompanied by an adult.
The kayaks are sit-on-top tandem (2-person). Park provides all necessary gear (kayaks, paddles, PFDs). Personal equipment is not allowed.