Kayaking at Oleta River

...or Canoeing, or Paddle Boarding...

Kayaking at Oleta River State Park is a great and fun way to explore the park's amazing natural habitat and see the native Florida vegetation and wildlife.

Either by kayak, canoe or paddle board, even if you have no prior experience, it is a very enjoyable activity and a great way to soak in some nature.

You can paddle the river, the many mangrove-lined creeks within the park, the lagoons as well as the surrounding area that opens up into the Intracoastal Waterway and gives you great views of the skyline and the inlets just accross. See Oleta Park Map here.

The sheltered areas on the inside are great for beginners since the waters are calm. You can also venture out in the open where the views are fantastic.

Kayaking at Oleta along mangrove coastline

Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, there is the usual tiny hermit crabs in the mangroves, birds like egrets and herons are typically seen in the "winter" months, and if you are lucky, that elusive manatee or dolphin might be making the rounds as well.

Canoe and Kayak Rentals

Kayaking at Oleta

Canoe and Kayaks are readily available

Kayaking at Oleta

Rental equipment is properly maintained

You are free to bring your own canoe or kayak and there are rentals available through the park's outfitter, the Blue Moon Outdoor Center.

The equipment is top-notch and very well-maintained. They have canoes, kayaks, and standup paddle boards (SUP) for rent. The Rental Center is conveniently located just accross from the launch area.

Rental rates start at $30 for a 2-hour rental

You will be required to leave an ID and a credit card as a deposit.

Blue Moon also offers introductory kayak and SUP sessions for beginners, it was about $40 for a 1 1/2-hour group lesson, $75 private, if you are not comfortable heading out on your own.

There are also Full-Moon night tours, still on our bucket list of things to try! but if the day paddles are great, the night ones must be awesome!

It really is great to head out with one of the guides, you can learn more about the natural habitat of the area and they show you around and point out facts about the vegetation and wildlife that is found here.

Check the Blue Moon website for prices and further information regarding kayak tours and rentals.

We often see Groupons advertised for Blue Moon rental packages that offer great savings, check Kayak, Bike, Paddle Board deals at Oleta here.

Kayak launch area at Oleta

Launch area for Kayaks and Canoes

What to bring:

  • Don't forget the sunscreen and the mosquito repellent
  • A plastic bag to keep valuables also comes in handy, you don't want to leave anything of value in the car
  • If renting any gear, you will need an ID and credit card
  • If you have one, a waterproof camera!

Kayaking at Oleta

Kayaking at Oleta out on the bay

Kayaking at Oleta views from the bay

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