Join us for one of Orlando’s best eco-friendly day tours – kayaking on the Little Econlockhatchee River. (Say that 10 times fast! Ha ha!) See we already have you laughing! Now, come on with our Florida Fun Guides on our nature filled tour.
Do you want to see alligators? They love to frequent the Econ River. As one local guest said, “the Econ river has the biggest gators I have ever seen up close!” But don’t worry, gators avoid canoes and kayaks. They just want to sunbathe on the banks and watch us paddle by. This makes great photo ops for you! You may also see manatees, turtles, hawks, bald eagles, and deer as we make our way through the protected lands of this state forest.
Your guide will point out the unique Florida vegetation, and wildlife and tell you about the Native American history of this area. Imagine you are paddling these waterways, much the way the Seminoles Indians of this region traveled 200 years ago.
More about Econlockhatchee Kayaking Tours near Orlando
Tours are relatively new to this area, but this river has been a main source of outdoor adventure for locals since the beginning of the settlement near Orlando in the early 1900s. This river is known as a Florida blackwater river because of the tanin (a tea of vegetation) that comes from the forests. This blackwater rivers is unique to the area, and make for amazing photos as the sun and clouds reflect off of iits surface.
The Econ river, as it is known to locals (who wants to try to say Econlockhatchee?) flows north from Osceola county at the southeast corner of Central Florida, all the way to the Saint John’s River. The Econ River is designated as one of Florida’s most beautiful and scenic waterways, and is a protected wetland area.
Private group, school, church or businesses tour is available upon request. Call for more information and rates.
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This tour meets on Snow Hill Road near Geneva, Florida. Please click the Google Maps link below for directions. Parking is under the bridge on Snow Hill Road, just passed the trailhead for the Little Big Econ State Forest.
We were able to see manatees and dolphins. Plus, we watched the sunset. It was incredibly beautiful and romantic. I didn't capture the photo of the sun because I was ...
We were able to see manatees and dolphins. Plus, we watched the sunset. It was incredibly beautiful and romantic. I didn't capture the photo of the sun because I was too busy enjoying the experience. I did get a shot of the beautiful sky after the sunset tour was finished. Our guides Bailey and Josh were awesome and made our trip unforgettable. They are very outgoing and knowledgeable about the wildlife in the area. The bioluminescence was beautiful that night. It was so dark that we were able to see millions of stars in the clear night sky. We were very lucky with the weather. I definitely recommend going with BK Adventures for the sunset tour and bioluminescent tour package. Oh, and don't forget to tip the guides, even though it is optional. They work really hard to make the trip enjoyable, and they have to keep track of everyone and keep them safe. It can be a high pressure job because people on the tour have different levels of kayaking experience, so be generous.
We went on the Manatee Kayak Tour and it was amazing! They swam under us and splashed us, we're active and we even saw a dolphin! This was great! We'll ...
We went on the Manatee Kayak Tour and it was amazing! They swam under us and splashed us, we're active and we even saw a dolphin! This was great! We'll do a new tour every time we come!
We did the Sunset and Bioluminescence Tours tonight with Maggie and Stephanie, and they were FANTASTIC! We were the only couple on the Sunset Tour, so we had the ladies’ ...
We did the Sunset and Bioluminescence Tours tonight with Maggie and Stephanie, and they were FANTASTIC!
We were the only couple on the Sunset Tour, so we had the ladies’ full attention. They shared info about the estuary, and the flora and fauna we could see. We missed the manatees, but the dolphins out on a show.
The Bioluminescence Tour was magnificent! I had no idea what to expect, but WOW!
Stephanie and Maggie made it a great experience! They were knowledgeable and helpful, while making sure our entire group was safe. Thank you!!
My friends and I did the daytime Manatee and dolphin kayak tour. Our tour guides Bri and Sebastian were awesome! Super friendly and knowledgeable. We had such a great time ...
My friends and I did the daytime Manatee and dolphin kayak tour. Our tour guides Bri and Sebastian were awesome! Super friendly and knowledgeable. We had such a great time seeing so many different wildlife on our way to the tour we saw snakes and an otter. On our tour, we saw some pretty birds, a little alligator, and several manatees and their cute noses coming out of the water. We didn't see dolphins on this tour but we did during lunch time by the bridge This trip was a surprise birthday gift for my friend and she had an incredible time. We even sang happy birthday to her on the water. Thank you Bri and Sebastian for this lovely experience.
Our tours rarely cancel due to weather. If it is raining the day of the tour, chances are, with Florida weather, it will clear up by the time your tour starts. Sometimes we will hold the tour by 30 minutes for the weather to clear. In the case of lightning, high winds, or some other reason that we cannot paddle, we will re-schedule all guests to the very next tour available, or at a convenient time for you. Rainchecks are valid for 1 year.
For our single kayaks, the weight limit is 275 lbs. For the tandem kayaks it is 550 lbs. The night kayaking tours are done on tandem kayaks.
Ram, the owner, likes to say, "You bring the spray, we'll bring the mosquitos!" We cannot guarantee there will be mosquitos, but there is a 99% change there will be. Some breezy nights have no mosquitoes. Some nights there are a lot. The other pest is No-See-Ums. The best way to keep them away is with Baby Oil. So, consider slathering on a layer of Baby Oil to any exposed skin. PLEASE BRING MOSQUITO SPRAY.
BK Adventure's office is about 50 miles from Orlando, and just 15 minutes away from Kennedy Space Center. Guest will meet at our Titusville office and then be driven to the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge (about 10 miles away).
Please request a tandem kayak at time of booking if you would like one. This river is technical, and better in a smaller kayak.
This kayaking tour is not recommended for smaller children. 10+ is a good age for this tour.
Lots of people who love kayaking with their dog have asked about this tour. We do not recommend this one for dogs.
Though we do not guarantee wildlife on any of our tours (Mother Nature makes no guarantees!), we usually see alligators, ospreys, herons, river otters and deer on this tour.
We can manage groups up to 15 people for this tour. We recommend you book weekends at least 45 days in advance for large groups. Weekdays is best, as those are easier to find spaces for. Please phone us for details, and we will be happy to get you and ALL your wonderful friends out for the tour! See more about Group Tours here.
Some people are naturally athletic, and they pick up any kind of activity easily. If that's you, pick either launch location. If you are a beginner, or not sure about kayaking abilities, let your guide know when at the beginning of the tour.
Únete a una de las mejores excursiones diurnas ecológicas de Orlando: ¡Kayak en el río Little Econlockhatchee! Este tour lo lleva a través de un antiguo bosque nativo, una vez habitado por los taínos. El Econ es uno de los ríos de "aguas negras" de Florida. Esto lo convierte en un hábitad de vida silvestre único.