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The Ultimate Guide to Clear Kayaking at Florida’s Enchanting Springs

As passionate advocates for the environment and unique travel experiences, we’re excited to share with you our favorite clear kayaking spots in Florida’s stunning springs. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or a first-time kayaker, we invite you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Weeki Wachee, Silver Springs, Gilchrist Blue Spring, Rainbow Springs, Rock Springs, Crystal River, The Chaz, and Merritt’s Mill Pond. So grab a paddle and join us as we explore these breathtaking locations!

Weeki Wachee Springs

Weeki Wachee Springs is a magical place where crystal clear waters meet lush greenery. This spring is home to one of the largest underwater cave systems in the United States, making it a fascinating spot for kayaking. As you paddle through the serene waters, keep an eye out for manatees, turtles, and various bird species that call this spring home.

a river running through a park

Silver Springs

Famed for its glass-bottom boat tours, Silver Springs is a must-visit location for clear kayaking enthusiasts. Paddle along the Silver River and marvel at the ancient cypress trees lining the banks. This spring offers a unique opportunity to view various aquatic life, including alligators, turtles, and even monkeys that reside in the surrounding forest.

Gilchrist Blue Spring

Gilchrist Blue Spring is a hidden gem located within Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park. This picturesque spring offers kayakers crystal clear waters that boast vibrant blue hues, making it a perfect destination for clear kayaking. The spring’s depth ranges from shallow areas to a 25-foot-deep basin, allowing you to explore the underwater world from various perspectives.

a body of water surrounded by trees

Rainbow Springs

Rainbow Springs is a kayaker’s paradise, with its colorful waters, lush vegetation, and abundant wildlife. The spring is fed by the Rainbow River, which features crystal clear waters perfect for clear kayaking. There’s some amazing underwater vegetation to experience as you paddle along this pristine waterway.

Rock Springs

Rock Springs offers a picturesque kayaking experience through crystal clear waters surrounded by lush vegetation. This spring features a gentle current, making it ideal for a leisurely paddle (on the way back to our launch site – Kings Landing). Don’t forget to take a break at Kelly Park after your paddle and enjoy the park’s many amenities, including picnic areas and a swimming hole.

Crystal River

Crystal River is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Known for its thriving manatee population, this spring offers an unforgettable clear kayaking experience as you paddle alongside these gentle giants. Explore the many channels and springs that make up Crystal River and be amazed by its natural beauty.

The Chaz (Chassahowitzka River)

The Chaz, or Chassahowitzka River, is a true Floridian paradise. This pristine river system offers kayakers a chance to explore a vast array of springs, creeks, and estuaries. Keep an eye out for manatees, dolphins, and a variety of bird species as you navigate the clear, shallow waters.

Merritt’s Mill Pond

Merritt’s Mill Pond is a hidden treasure tucked away in Jackson County. This spring-fed pond boasts crystal clear waters and an abundance of underwater caves, perfect for a clear kayaking adventure. Paddle through the serene waters and be captivated by the beautiful aquatic plants and wildlife that call this pond home.

a river surrounded by green leaves


Each of these enchanting spring locations offers a unique clear kayaking experience, giving you a chance to connect with nature while exploring Florida’s remarkable underwater world. By choosing Get Up And Go Kayaking for your adventure, you’re not only ensuring a memorable experience but also one that is led by passionate advocates for the Florida ecosystems.

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Enjoy the tranquility of an estuary before entering the beautiful spring fed waters of the Weeki Wachee River! Expect an adventure that is part wild and part urban as the river is a popular one to enjoy living and recreating on!

From $67

Starting from Rum Island County Park, we’ll explore over 5 freshwater springs, including Ruth B. Kirby’s Gilchrist Blue Springs. During the paddle, you’ll experience “Old Florida” at its finest, with abundant wildlife and natural scenery all around you.

  • 4th Largest Spring in FL
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Take a paddle through the crystalline waters of Rainbow Springs. This paddle is what any outdoor enthusiast or adventure-seeker is looking for!
Year-round we experience other wildlife such as fish, gators, turtles, birds, otters, and more!

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Enjoy beautiful surroundings and crystal clear waters! This guided adventure includes an intermediate paddle upstream and a relaxing drift back to the launch site.

Take a quick swim and enjoy the water on one of our breaks along the way! You may encounter wildlife like turtles, birds, fish, otters, deer, alligators, and more!

  • Available: April - October
From $59

Crystal River is a great trip for those looking for clear water in our crystal clear kayaks with high chances of viewing wildlife. Includes a beginner/intermediate paddle through Kings Bay to the pristine waters of Jurassic Spring, Hunter Spring, and more!

From $60

Explore “Old Florida” on The Chassahowitzka with us!  

Come explore old Florida on this unique 3-hour tour in 100% CLEAR kayaks! We will paddle through the lush, spring-fed waterways of the Chassahowitzka River, affectionately known to us locals as the Chaz.

The Chaz is surrounded by protected land, guaranteeing a truly natural, unspoiled Florida experience. Share the water with manatees, dolphins, alligators, river otters, and countless species of fish, and keep your eyes peeled for any of the unique species of birds above.