Beidler Forest

Kayaking & Canoeing

There’s so much you can’t see from the boardwalk. Photo: Richard Covey

Paddle the flowing blackwater under towering 1,000-year-old cypress trees as an Audubon naturalist leads you deep into the heart of the forest. You’ll treasure this unique view of the swamp for the rest of your life!

March through May we offer regular canoe/kayak tours. At other times of the year, private canoe/kayak trips are possible depending on water level, guide availability, and your willingness to pay for a minimum of five people. 

Our rules and recommendations, including the fact that reservations are required, are listed below.

Schedule & Fees (March, April, May)

Length Day Time Cost
4 Hours Friday 1 PM $45 per person (age 13+), $20 per children
2 Hours Saturday 9 AM $30 per adults (age 13+), $10 per children
2 Hours Saturday 2 PM $30 per person (age 13+), $10 per children

You can request a private canoe trip on another day or at another time of year, the minimum price is five adults (based on the two ($150) or four ($225) hour trip, depending on which one you want) whether you bring five adults or not.  We're happy to do it if we've got enough water and enough staff available. You must call at least 48 hours ahead of time.

Rules & Recommendations

  • Availability:  Canoe trips are subject to our having enough water from recent rains. Based on historic water levels, trip conditions become increasingly unlikely from June through September.
  • Canoes & Kayaks: Our tours are limited to 6 boats and we have 2 to 3 person canoes, 2 person kayaks, and a few single kayaks. This means that there will usually be two people per canoe or two people per 2-person kayaks. What boats are used are dependent upon the number of people in the tour and will be determined by the guide on the day of your tour.
  • Your Own Equipment: We will allow you to bring your own kayaks, paddles, and life vests, but we recommend being able to transport kayaks atop your vehicle instead of behind with a trailer. We do not recommend bringing a kayak with a rudder unless you want to become more acquainted with every fallen tree just under the water.
  • Reservations Required:  Reservations are required no less than 24 hours in advance for seasonal trips. Off-season private trips must be called in at least 48 hours ahead of time (and are still dependent on water and staff availability). Sign up early. Canoe trips are very popular attractions, so they fill up fast.  Call (843) 462-2150 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
  • Cancellation Policy:  If you cancel without providing one week's notice, your credit card will be charged a cancellation fee of 50 percent of the cost of your trip. (If we cancel the trip, of course, no fee will be charged.)
  • Experience:  We recommend that you arrive with some kayaking/canoeing experience. Our trips require you to maneuver between cypress knees, through narrow creek channels, and around POISON IVY. This is not a great place to take your first kayak or canoe lesson!
  • Children:  On two-hour trips, it’s not recommended that you bring children younger than 7. On four-hour trips, it’s not recommended that you bring children younger than 10. There is no opportunity to leave the boats for the duration of the trip unless you opt for the more immersive experience.
  • Clothing & Shoes:  Bring clothing appropriate for that day’s weather conditions. Wear shoes that can get wet, and keep in mind that paddles can dribble water onto your lap. Pads for your back are okay to bring.
  • Outdoor Gear:  Binoculars and cameras are welcome! A waterproof bag is recommended since there’s no guarantee that you won't flip your kayak or canoe.
  • Food & Drink:  Please eat either before or after your trip. Snacks and something to drink are recommended. (We also recommend a cookie for your guide if you want to be shown the way out.  :)  )
  • NO alcoholic beverages allowed. There are no bathrooms in the swamp.
  • NO firearms are allowed. Our alligators are not interested in you and bigfoot is one county over.
  • NO pets allowed. Alligators will very be interested in your pets and it does not go well with the family photo album.
  • NO bug spray. Our lovely, pristine swamp is actually terrible mosquito habitat and loaded with their natural predators.