One of our favorite kayak tours is in Palm Bay Florida, home to Turkey Creek Sanctuary a 130 acres of wonder, biodiversity, and natural resources. The nearly five-mile round-trip paddle takes us through a diversity of environments from hydric (wet) hammock, mesic (moist) hammock, and sand pine scrub communities, all excellent for viewing a multitude of wildlife. This paddle almost always offers up alligators, manatees, and occasionally dolphins. We have also seen otters and the occasional bobcat. Birding is spectacular with great blue herons, ospreys, pileated woodpeckers, owls, and tons of songbirds.
THINGS TO KNOW
SKILL LEVEL: This paddle is suitable for all skill levels.
WATER CONDITIONS: Flatwater stream/river.
LENGHT: The paddle is about 5 miles roundtrip. Timewise, I would expect to be out for about 3.5 - 4 hours.
LAUNCH SITE: Normally this paddle is launched from Goode Park, 1300 Bianca Dr, NE, Palm Bay, FL. Occasionally I use a different launch and will let you know the day before. Both launch sites have bathrooms.
PARKING: Free parking on a flat lot. Please lock all valuables in your car and keep them out of sight. The parking is NOT secured and is at your own risk.
AGES: This paddle is suitable for kids over the age of 8.
AVAILABILITY: This tour runs all year, twice daily (Monday-Sunday) at 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM
MIN/MAX SIZE: This tour can be booked for a single individual or for a (total) group size of eight.
PRICING: $85/person ($75 if booking a group of four or more together).
I want to thank you very much for the superb tour you gave me today of Turkey Creek. As you may recall, we say alligators, Ospreys, Blue Herons, Egrets, turtles, Mullet fish who we saw jumping out of the water many times,a dolphin and more.
I was astounded by your vast knowledge of wildlife which is due to your years of experience and formal certification in wildlife and their habitats.
It was also quite a picturesque and serene five mile round trip. It was simply put a stunning trip out and back.
I want to share my sincere gratitude to you and my hope is other potential customers will read this review and request you by name as you, sir, are in one word, phenomenal!
A beauitful Sunday morning paddle on Turkey Creek.
A brown pelican just doing a little early morning preening
A couple of American Coots out for a morning swim.
Soft-shell turtle sunning him(her?)self on bright beautiful day.
Meet Clyde, our resident big man on campus! He's about a 12 footer!
This is Elsie, a 8' female.
River cooters are ubiquitous on Turkey Creek, and many will come right up to your kayak asking for a handout!