De Soto National Memorial Ranger led Kayak Tours.
De Soto National Memorial offers free ranger led kayak tours on Saturdays and Sundays from April to October. For the first time explore the waters that Native American Indians and Spanish Conquistadores used hundreds of years ago.
First time or experienced - For first time kayakers our trained rangers will ensure your first time will be safe and enjoyable. For kayakers with more experience our tour will offer a different way for you to view the natural resources.
No Equipment, No Problem - If you do not own your own equipment we supply Kayak, paddle, personal flotation device, and other safety equipment. You are welcome to bring your own equipment, but all kayaks and safety equipment must pass a federal safety standard inspection.
A unique look at Florida`s costal resources - Paddle through time as your park ranger guide will explore the costal estuaries. Learn how Native American Indians and Spanish Conquistadores used water life ways for transportation and food. Learn about many of the unique plants and animals that make Florida`s waterways their home. Find out how you can help preserve and protect these fragile ecosystems for future generations.
Tour Information - Kayak tours will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The kayak tours and all equipment rentals are free. RSVP is mandatory for space is limited please call 941-792-0458 ext 105. RSVP is first call first serve, after all spots are full extra spots can reserve a future date of go on cancellation list. All children between the ages of 8-18 must be accompanied by an adult. Free paddle is only allowed under supervision of a park ranger, all participants must stay with the tour. All gear will be checked and a safety briefing will be held before the tour begins.
All events and activities are free at De Soto National Memorial. Event hours are 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. All activities are subject to change due to weather. To RSVP call 941-792-0458.