Wakulla County is fortunate to be blessed with paddling trails throughout the county, from the Ochlockonee River, Sopchoppy and Wakulla Rivers to the St. Marks River, along with plenty of side trips to Shepherds Spring at Spring Creek and East River at the Lighthouse in St. Marks Wildlife Refuge or the many sink holes to visit. Set a relaxed pace to visit and enjoy the regions streams, rivers, springs, historical sites, as well as wildlife havens. From the saltwater to fresh water it is an anglers paradise. On the coastline you will paddle over sea grass meadows filled with redfish, speckled trout, red drum and mullet, along with a host of wading birds feeding in sea grass beds at low tide. In the fresh water streams and rivers there are bass, brim and catfish, along with river otters, manatees, alligators and turtles. At the brackish waters where the salt and fresh waters meet you have the best of both worlds.
Among the favorite of rivers is the Wakulla River, fed from Wakulla Springs, it is one of the most pristine in the world. Abundant with wildlife, osprey and eagle nest in the cypress trees in March, the manatees arrive in April, all to fill the summer with sightings till the fall. The crystal clear water gives you the opportunity to view snails on the turtle grass, bass and alligator gar pass under your boat while a mullet jumps out of the water next to you. River otter play under the cypress trees while the great blue heron perches on the limb. Lazy turtles and alligators sleep on the banks or fallen tree limbs only to slip off into the water as you approach. Bird watching is almost as common in the groups that congregate on the river as is the manatee observers.
St Marks Outfitters is a full service guide, and kayak rental business. We specialize in coastal inshore fishing, and eco-adventures. Whether by kayak or a custom flats skiff, we will customize your trip. StMarksOutfitters.com.
Please also visit T-N-T Hide-a-Way, Inc. http://www.tnthideaway.com or The Wilderness Way http://www.thewildernessway.net for expert guided kayak tours or sales. For Rentals visit www.shieldsmarina.com