Kayaking at Oleta River

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

Oleta River State Park is Open!!!

  • Park hours are from 8:00 am until sundown
  • The main concession building is open
  • All of the Bike Trails except Area 51, French Connection and Gilligan's Island are open.
  • Pavillions are closed
  • The Fishing Pier is closed
  • Kayak, Canoe, SUP, pontoon boats and bike rentals are open. Recreation attendants will place rental equipment in the area for guests to pick up after signing rental agreements but no direct contact will be made. Rental equipment will be cleaned with either soap and water or EPA-approved disinfectant containing a minimum of 60% alcohol after each use
  • Visitors are expected to maintain distances of at least six feet apart and limit group size to 10 or fewer people
  • To reduce risk, cash transactions are limited to exact change.

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 Oleta River 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.

They also offer introductory kayak and SUP sessions for beginners, it was about $40 for a 1 1/2-hour lesson if you are not comfortable heading out on your own. SUP for beginners are on Saturdays at 9:00 am

There are also Sunset and 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 Oleta River Outdoor Center website for prices and further information regarding kayak tours and rentals.

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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