Paddling Trails

Explore the FWC Paddling Trails ...


3-paddlersFlorida is blessed with an abundance of waterways from sparkling lakes, spring runs and blackwater rivers, to extensive coastlines.  Canoers and kayakers can choose from easy family floats to multi-day expeditions requiring advanced skills and specialized boats and gear. Florida has it all! Paddling offers anglers and wildlife viewers great opportunities.  A quiet observant paddler can enjoy excellent wildlife viewing from an on-the-water perspective.  Explore the great trails on our wildlife management area system at the links below and grab your paddle to create your own adventure.

American Canoe Association (ACA)

British Canoe Union (BCU)

Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT)/Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Florida Paddling Trails Association (FPTA)

Visit Florida

*Purchase Map Guides (Rivers of AWE & Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail)

A gateway to conservation.  There are numerous ways for boaters and paddlers to help expand our knowledge of Florida’s fish and wildlife and to assist the FWC with research and management efforts.  Find out more about becoming a Citizen Scientist.


FWC Facts:
Like all North American terns, the least tern has long, pointed wings and a deeply forked tail. It is the smallest of Florida's terns.

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