Kayaking Central Florida a great adventure with special wildlife

Central Florida has vast waterways that connect various bodies of water, all miraculously somehow can be traced back to the mouth of the St. Johns River.

When I have idle time, I like to take kayak trips with the family, attacking these waterways like Captain Ahab after that big lunker bass. My kids laugh. My girlfriend laughs. When it comes to fishing, it turns out all I do is chase fish. If those of us who like to go after fish were more successful, they’d call it catching.

That’s why kayaking Central Florida is such a great adventure. Even though you might set out to make that big catch, there are plenty of other things to keep your attention if the fish aren’t cooperating. Make sure you take a camera, because the things you will see will amaze you.

Gators are all over the place and so are tons of species of birds, like the great bald eagle. You’ll see otter, deer and other land-lovers along the shorelines. We’ve seen tons of wildlife and we’re always anxious on each trip to see what we’re going to come across.

Our greatest adventure was coming upon a group of manatees, or more correctly, they came up on us. We heard this weird hissing noise in the distance behind us and it kept getting closer. Before we knew what is was, manatees had surrounded us, breaching the water to grab a breath of air and then dipping back below the surface. We weren’t sure if they might come up and spill over the kayak, but they kept their distance. This has happened to us twice on Lake Beresford just outside of DeLand.

We also had a rare encounter just off State Road 46 in Seminole County with a majestic flock of white pelicans that are hardly ever seen around these parts.

You never know what you’ll come across, and the peacefulness is worth every bit of time you can take.

Central Florida has numerous entry points for kayaks, but I have become partial to places like Mullett Lake Park in Seminole County; DeLeon Springs State Park,…

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