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Kayak the Ripple Effect Way

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In our continuing effort to provide the best eco-educational kayaking experiences in Northeast Florida, Ripple Effect Ecotours has now partnered with Marineland Dolphin Adventure and the University of Florida’s Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience. This new partnership combines an incredible foundation in research, education, conservation, and natural interpretation with unique access to the southern boundary of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM-NERR).

Kayaking Eco Tours from Marineland

Most of the paddling around St. Augustine and Northeast Florida is relaxed and easy, but there is some white water on the Suwannee River at Big Shoals! The St. Johns River, its springs, and its tributaries have captured the imaginations of explorers, naturalists, and writers for centuries, including William Bartram, John Muir, and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Salt marshes border barrier islands all along the coast, and wildlife is abundant. The entire region is rich in geological, biological, and archeological history. This makes the area perfect for kayaking, boat tours, and even kayak fishing charters!

One of the most beautiful and biologically diverse areas is found in St. Johns and Flagler counties. More than 40,000 acres of salt marsh, freshwater, upland, and coastal habitat have been preserved in what’s called the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. Within the reserve are several state and county parks, pristine and undeveloped marshes and creeks, and the Matanzas Inlet, one of the only natural inlets on Florida’s east coast. In this region, the temperate climate of the southeastern U.S. gives way to the subtropical, supporting an amazing mix of plant and animal species. With our deep knowledge and experience in the area, Ripple Effect is your perfect guide for kayaking and exploring all the wonders of nature that this part of Northeast Florida has to offer.