Located just north of Orlando, Katie's Landing is a paddlers mecca!

Experience Mother Nature's creations; the Alligators and Turtles out sunning on the logs, the migratory & resident bird populations fishing and serenading us as we paddle along, the beautiful wildflowers that bring color to the river. Being close to Orlando makes this a great place to paddle. With Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc guided kayak tours, you'll discover Florida's wildlife and have an amazing time on the river! Click here to visit our website or click here to email us.   
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Wekiva River (Sanford, FL)
Three springs pour into this pristine river. The Great Egret, American Bittern, Woodpeckers, Great Blue Heron, as well as many other Herons and waterfowl flourish on this river. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker at one time called this home. These shallow waters create a fantastic environment for many different species of plants, fish and other wildlife. Less than an hour from Kissimmee we are able to do a 2-3 hour or a 4-5 hour tour here.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
Wekiva River I $59.00 (2-3 hours)
Wekiva River II $89.00 (4-5 hours)

St. Johns River/Blue Springs (Orange City, FL)
This historic river was once the highway for commerce in Central Florida bringing goods to the area by paddle wheel boat. It is now a paradise for wildlife. As one of the few rivers that flows North, several springs and tributaries join in to create estuaries for fish of all kinds. As you paddle over the clear waters of Blue Springs, it's like kayaking in an aquarium. The Bald Eagles, Osprey, Herons, Wood Storks, Limpkins, Anhingas, Egrets, Cormorants, Alligators, Turtles, Garfish, Bass and many more species thrive here and call this place home. Just north of Orlando, it's a relaxing 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
St Johns River I $59.00 (2-3 hours)
St Johns River II $89.00 (4-5 hours)

Winter Manatee Tour (Nov - Mar Orange City, FL) 

Winter in Florida is a magical time. The Manatee comes inland to bask in the 72 degree waters of Florida's beautiful springs. If you have never experienced this gentle creature, now is the time! Located between Orlando and Daytona Beach this is an incredible 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
Winter Manatee I $59.00 (2-3 hours)
Winter Manatee II $89.00 (4-5 hours)

Extreme Blackwater Lake (Eustis, FL)

Paddle through an enchanted blackwater forest to a beautiful lake rimmed with Cypress trees that are hundreds maybe even thousands of years old. These weathered trees tell many stories about the history of this land. Right outside Mt Dora, this is a 2-3 hour treat.
Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary 
Extreme Blackwater Lake I $59.00 (2-3 hours)

Rock Springs Run (Apopka, FL)
This river meanders through enchanted forests as well as wide open savannas. The water is crystal clear and home to many types of fish and wading birds. You'll also have a chance to see raccoon, bobcat, turtles etc. There are many places to stop and relax or if you choose to, go for a swim. Being close to Orlando also makes this a favorite 2-3 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: Some Experience Necessary
Rock Springs Run I $64.00 (2-3 hours)

Extreme Emerald Cut (Apopka, FL)
This run takes you on some of Central Florida's fastest water. Paddle upstream to the top and let the river shoot you through the gap back to the bottom. This narrow river screams excitement and fun to the experienced paddler. Between Daytona and Orlando this is an awesome 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary
Extreme Emerald Cut I $64.00 (2-3 hours)
Extreme Emerald Cut II $94.00 (4-5 hours)

Silver River (Silver Springs, FL)
Exceptionally scenic! Some twists and turns of this river can reach depths of more than 30 ft and it’s so clear you can see the bottom. Silver Springs which creates the Silver River is the second largest spring in Florida. You will definitely hone your paddling skills going upstream but the magnitude of this spring makes the trip back a breeze! You’ll have a chance to see lots of wildlife; otters, wading birds, hawks, owls, raccoons, wild pigs and more. See giant garfish, armored catfish, bowfin and maybe even a monkey or 12. Just outside of Ocala, this is a beautiful 4-5 hour tour or for the full run it's a 6-7 hour awesome paddling trip.
Level of Difficulty: Must be In Good Shape or you will be when you’re done ;-)
Silver River I $89.00 (4-5 hours)
Silver River II $129.00 (6-7 hours)

We have packages for ages 5 and above and all of our tours are booked by reservation.
The prices listed here are per person, just add the tax and we are good to go.

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With no more rentals of any kind, Katie's Landing offers a beautiful area to launch your own canoe or kayak and space to have a picnic by the river. Katie's Landing has been purchased by the State of Florida and is now a beautiful natural park with no more rentals of any kind. As of the year 2011 there are no cabins, no boats, no canoes nothing to rent at all and no swimming is allowed. Since Katie's Wekiva River Landing is still in several Atlases, Paddling Trail Books, Magazines and online in several places with misinformation, we wanted to help clear this up. 

Running Emerald Cut May 28, 2015

We were the first ones on the river this morning and Emerald Cut always holds great treasures. The big Gator was out along with his mate and a half dozen Turtles. A Limpkin with an Apple Snail in it's beak let us drift on by just feet away. The Great Egret showed itself several times and the Damsel Flies are all over the blooming Spadderdock Water Lilies. The Sunfish are on their beds on the river bottom and the water is so clear you can see the Minnows swimming along the river's edge. The Great Blue Heron and Swallow-tailed Kites were out enjoying the day as we were. With the clear, cool river, sandy bottom and the thrill of some fast water, this has to be one of Florida's most amazing places.

Kayaking near Orlando April 29, 2015

The Mullet were jumping all around our kayaks this morning as we headed out for a paddle on the Wekiva River. There were many Turtles out sunning and we watched a Softshell launch herself back into the river after having just laid her eggs. The Little Blue Heron in the calico phase was staying just ahead of us and the Green Heron gave us a fly-by. The Great Blues were all out fishing and the Water Hemlock, Pickerel Weed, Spatterdock and Eel Grass are all in bloom taking advantage of the fresh Spring air. It was a beautiful day on the river. The Butterflies, Dragonflies and Damselflies are out pollinating the flowers... as the circle of life goes on and on.      

Just west of Sanford...Blackwater Lake is an awesome place to paddle March 9, 2015

Bumping over logs and doing the limbo under the trees is all part of the fun of paddling Blackwater Lake. Coming out of the dark swamp into the sunshine and clear blue skies of the lake, the contrast is jaw dropping. The Cypress Trees are greening up and the Air Plants are in full bloom. As the Spanish Moss was swaying in the breeze the Osprey was calling out from their nest. It's like paddling in a place that time forgot...naturally spectacular!

Seminole County's Big Blue Sky Kayak Tour January 25, 2015

The middle Wekiva River is running quite clear these day with the clutches of Winter upon us and the Eelgrass is just starting to bloom. There is a hint of Spring as the trees along the river start to bud out with seeds and new growth. There were Red-shouldered Hawks galore today and we got to see 4 Limpkins. What a loud, wild sound they make, it's a comical cluck. The Pied-billed Grebes, Great Blue and Little Blue Herons, Great Egrets and Moorhens were moving along on the river hunting for a meal and we also got to see American Coots, Tri-colored Herons, Snowy Egrets, Ospreys, Cormorants and Anhingas. We spotted a good sized Alligator sunning on a log and there were lots of Yellow and Red-bellied River Cooter Turtles out sunning too. It was 66 degrees, big blue sky and with a nice cool breeze, it was heaven!

Starting 2015 off right... paddling with the Boys Jan. 2, 2015

The middle area of the Wekiva River is loaded with birds this time of year and man were they out today! We saw Great Blues, Little Blues, Tri-colored Herons, Limpkins, White Ibis, Anhingas, Great Egrets, Black Crowned Night Herons, Ospreys and Cormorants just to name a few. After the Sun burned off the morning fog the Turtles came out to warm on the logs. We saw Yellow-bellied Peninsula Cooters along with their cousins the Red-bellied Cooters. The Red Maple Trees are already starting to flower and so are the Spatterdock Water Lilies. The river is ever changing but always a great place to spend with the boys!

A perfect day for kayaking the Wekiva River Nov. 29, 2014

Today was perfect Florida weather and the Wekiva River was the place to be. The birds are out in droves and we had a Bald Eagle as our sentinel while we launched our kayaks from Katie's Landing. The river is overflowing it's banks which creates lots of paddling opportunities in the back bays and the Great Blue Herons, Little Blue and Tri-colored Herons were out fishing up a storm. The Great Egrets, Anhingas, Limpkins, Ospreys, Moorhens, Wood Storks and White Ibis were also out playing and they seemed to greet us as we paddle by. The Grebes are here now too, they are a funny lot. About the time you get to see one, it dives under the water like it's playing a game with us. After it warmed up there were lots of Red-bellied and River Cooter Turtles out sunning. The trees have their Fall colors now and we couldn't have asked for better company with which to share the day.