The Econlockhatchee is the river where it all began. Not only did we spend our childhoods playing, exploring, fishing, and camping on her banks, we still live right here on the Econ River.
Flowing past unmarred forests, including the Little Big Econ State Forest, our guests will see a diverse array of wildlife, including Sandhill cranes, bald eagles, ospreys, hawks, wading birds, wood storks, roseate spoonbills, waterfowl, shorebirds, deer, turkey, large alligator, and sometimes black bear. The Muscogee name for the river means “River of Many Mounds,” named for the multitude of Indian mounds found along this waterway.
The second largest tributary of the storied St. Johns River, this delightful black water stream is narrow in places and canopied by cypress, moss covered live oak and Sabal palm.
We take our time paddling only downstream for the entire 8.5-mile tour, giving our guests ample time to experience more of the river and her beautiful unfolding landscapes. The tightly winding narrow river offers the paddler excitement at every bend in anticipation of what will be seen around the corner. On most bends in the river a large white sand beach will form on the inside turn. We will make use of these beaches for swims, leg stretching, and a picnic lunch. At the end of our paddle together a private van will transport us back to our vehicles at the starting point.
Here at Adventures in Florida we do more than just kayak Florida’s rivers, we do our best to help protect them. If one of our tours inspired you to do more for the preservation of Florida’s wild spaces here is who to contact to get involved:
St. Johns River Alliance