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Kayaking eco-tours being offered at Lake Griffin State Park

The Friends of Lake Griffin State Park are offering kayak eco-tours all through the month of December.

Paddlers will be able to explore Lake Griffin’s Dead River Marsh by kayak or canoe with Certified Florida Paddle Guides. This is an opportunity to view this important wetlands ecosystem. The park has many wading and flying birds, land-based and aquatic plants, massive trees, and other native and exotic species as well as the many alligators, an often misunderstood resident of this area.

The $30 tour fee includes a sit-upon kayak, paddle, life jacket, and whistle. Visitors are welcome to bring their  own kayak (with some limitations.) The tour is 90 minutes to 2 hours. (Park admission fee of $5 per vehicle will be collected at the entrance.)  Tour dates are available at https://flgsp.org/page-1075361.

The friends are also holding a basic kayaking techniques and safety course. In this two-and-a-half hour class that includes demonstrations, land-based practice, paddling exercises, and a mini eco-tour.

The $35 fee includes sit-upon kayak, paddle, life vest, and whistle. (Park admission fee of $5 per vehicle will be collected at the entrance.) 

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