Q: Will there be alligators? Are they dangerous?
A: You may see alligators, but normally they are only dangerous when harassed. In reality, alligators are rather timid, unless you're a fish. They do live in and around the river, and if you're lucky enough to see one or more, they're very likely to be leisurely sunning themselves on a log. A
10-foot kayak is as frightening to them as they are to you. Of course, they will defend themselves if threatened and it is foolish to approach or provoke them.
Q: If I kayak from the Sebastian Canoe Launch, how will I know that I have reached the end of the run at Dale Wimbrow Park?
A: Dale Wimbrow Park is the first public boat ramp you will come across. This is also where you will be parking your 2nd car so it is a good time to check it out from land.
Q: What do I do when we get to the end and we are done kayaking?
A: When you get back to Dale Wimbrow Park, you can pull your kayaks up on to land near and then call us at the office to let us know that you are back. At that point you can leave and we will come and get the kayaks when we are ready.
Q: Can I get lost on the river?
A: The St. Sebastian River is easy to navigate and we also provide you with a map and go over directions with you before your trip. Another great thing is that GPS works great out on the river on your phone. (Note: To help keep your phone safe, we will provide zip-lock bags for
Q: Are there different rates for kayaking based on time?
A: No. The price is a day rental and you can be out on the water up until
an hour before we close. Monday through Friday you have to be back by
4:30pm, Saturday by 4:00pm and Sunday by 3:00pm.
Q: What is the best time to go out?
A: The river is beautiful at all times of day, but to make the most of your trip and maximize your comfort, we recommend leaving early to enjoy the pleasant morning temperatures, especially during the summer. We open at 9:00 am Monday through Saturday and 10:00 am on Sunday.
Q: Do we need reservations?
A: Reservations are requested 24-hours in advance for large groups of 11 to 30 people doing self-tours. For self-tours of up to 10 people, we just ask that you call 15 minutes ahead so we can load your kayak(s) and gear and get you out on the river without delay. Special events must be planned in advance.
Q: Do we have to fill out waivers before kayaking?
A: Yes, waivers can be found and filled out by clicking the link for online waivers. All people kayaking must fill out their own waivers except for minors which can go on an adult waiver. There is an option to fill these waivers out in our office but it is recommended to do at home to make the process to getting you onto the water faster.
Q: Should I bring anything in particular?
A: You may want to wear clothing and shoes that are comfortable and that
you don’t mind getting wet. You may want to pack a snack or lunch in a
small cooler. Water is an essential along with sunscreen and a hat.
Q: What kind of animals could I see out there?
A: There are all kinds of animals on the river from jumping and splashing
fish to alligators and turtles sunning themselves, manatees coming up for
air and dolphins frolicking along the way, and birds flying above or
perched on the a tree branch. Always keep your eyes open because you
never know what you will see.