For Guided Kayak Tours from Katie's Landing call 352-589-7899

Being close to Orlando makes this a great place to kayak. Choose your tour and experience turtles sunning on the logs, birds serenading as we paddle along, the beautiful wildflowers that bring color to the river. With Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc guided kayak tours, you'll discover Florida's wildlife and have an amazing time on the river! 
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Wekiva River 
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 $64.00 (2-3 hours)
Wekiva River II $94.00 (4-5 hours)

St. Johns River/Blue Springs Run
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 $64.00 (2-3 hours)
St Johns River II $94.00 (4-5 hours)

Winter Manatee Tour  

As you may already know 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 $64.00 (2-3 hours)
Winter Manatee II $94.00 (4-5 hours)

Bold Blackwater Lake 

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 $64.00 (2-3 hours)

Rock Springs Run 
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 
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 
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.
Level of Difficulty: Must be In Good Shape or you will be when you’re done ;-)
Silver River I $94.00 (4-5 hours)

We have packages for ages 5 and above and all of our tours are booked by reservation.

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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 2010 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. 

Kayaking with the Wildlife of the Wekiva River

Just Chillin'

Camo Gator

Great Blue Heron

Infamous Limpkin

Wekiva River Cooter Turtle

The Launch
Diane and friends paddled the Wekiva River II tour with us and shared these pics. Thanks a bunch Diane, look forward to seeing you all next time!

The Wekiva is popping with Spring colors!

This morning we got to paddle with our friends from Finland Teemu, Tea and Family and Alligators and Turtles were the theme of the day. The Great Blue Herons are building nests now and some even have babies already. Green, Tri-colored and Little Blue Herons were out foraging for food and the Great Egrets are wearing their breeding skirts. The Wekiva River is showing off her colors as the Maple Trees have their red seeds going, the Swamp Dogwoods are starting to bloom and the Water Hickories are popping new leaves. The Limpkins were calling for each other, Sandhill Cranes were out playing, Ospreys hovering overhead looking for their next fish to catch and the White Ibis were rooting around in the swamp for grubs. It was a beautiful day; sun shining on our shoulders, blue sky, a cool breeze and even though it’s only March 1st, spring is fast approaching.  

Kayaking near Tavares, FL November 10, 2015

Heavy overcast skies met us this morning on the Lower Wekiva River. With ponchos ready we set out to see what we could find and the Wekiva came alive. We saw Ospreys out diving for fish, Anhingas, White Ibis, Great, Little Blue and Tri-colored Herons were all looking for breakfast too. As the skies cleared the River Cooter Turtles and Red- Bellied Turtles came out to sun on the logs. In the swamps you could hear Eastern Phoebes, Gray Catbirds, Pileated and Red-bellied Woodpeckers sounding off all around us. On the way back to the park we got to see the Wild Turkeys hanging out on the riverbank and that's all just good stuff!

Kayaking near Orlando, FL it's a beautiful thing!

The birds are starting to stack up on the Wekiva River. October 6, 2015 was a great day to be paddling. We saw Great Blue, Little Blue and Tri-colored Herons, Great Egrets, Anhingas, Red-shouldered Hawks, Kingfishers and White Ibis just to name a few. We found a Fishing Spider, the Red Maple trees are starting to turn and we saw 2 Manatees a mile down the river from Katie's Landing...that's a rare occurance. The surounding swamps are still flooding back into the river which is a great thing for the wildlife and it was perfect weather. 75 degrees and partly cloudy, what more can you ask for? Chris and Kathy came down from NY for a little R&R looking for the old Florida and we were happy to be their host!

What a great way to celebrate your birthday! Kayaking the Wekiva River August 1, 2015

The weather was good to us today as we set out on the Lower Wekiva River. It's magical enough to make you wonder just how many have lived, played, enjoyed and cherished this river before us. The Pink Mallow, yellow Spatterdock and purple Pickerel Weed flowers decorate the river with color, the Giant Leather Fern is like a sentinel. The Ospreys were perched high in the trees with the Anhingas while the Red-shouldered Hawks and Swallow-tailed Kites were copping thermals. It's amazing how Mother Nature puts together layers of Water Lettuce with Mallow and Spatterdock with Bull Rush and Cattails. The Great Blue Heron just sitting there preening was a nice sight and the Little Blues were seen in the white and blue phases. A Great Egret was fishing across from our launch spot and we got to see a few Gators and Turtles out sunning. We celebrated 3 birthdays today on the river so with that we'll say Happy Birthday to You!