Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Paul King, a Florida Coastal Master Naturalist, Tom Liebert at Kayak Cedar Keys and the folks at the University of Florida’s Nature Coast Biological Station, visitors can arrange free guided kayak Eco-tours of the area around the Cedar Key archipelago. Paddlers may bring their own boats or rent from Kayak Cedar Keys, located at the downtown beach/marina. Reservations should be made in advance by calling (352) 543-9447 (Kayak Cedar Keys).
*There is NO CHARGE for the guided tours, but DONATIONS ARE ENCOURAGED. Donations will benefit the public information center at the Nature Coast Biological Station, where they will be used in the production, care and upkeep of aquarium specimens as well as the printing of educational materials.
There are many options when it comes to paddling the Cedar Key area. If the weather permits, it’s a short paddle from the beach to Atsena Otie Key, the site of a former pencil factory. Or,if there’s a breeze, there are many options in the backwaters of the many islands and channels in the area. In addition to the marine species you’ll likely encounter, be prepared to see numerous birds. If you have a waterproof camera, be sure to bring it along!