Activities

Canoe & Kayak Outfitters

Experience the Historic Suwannee River

While the Suwannee’s fame began because of Stephen Foster’s famous song, “Old Folks at Home,” it is holding onto its fame because of its relative “wildness.” “Along its entire 235-mile length,” the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail Paddling Guide reports, “only a handful of small communities overlook her waters; the largest having populations barely exceeding 1,000. Away from towns, homes are relatively scarce. In some places you can travel for miles without seeing any sign of civilization. There are also few campgrounds. It was this shortage of designated camping areas and facilities that inspired the formation of the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail.”

The Suwannee River Wilderness Trail

The Conference & Retreat Center at Advent Christian Village partners with both the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail (SRWT) and the Florida Park Service to provide canoe and kayak outfitting for those who wish to experience the Suwannee River and the SRWT. Starting at White Springs, Florida, and following the river for 171 miles to the Gulf of Mexico, the SRWT travels private and public lands. It’s a wild and wonderful trail over land and river with eight “hubs” along the way. These hubs are mostly state parks and towns that offer respite to those enjoying the SRWT. “While the trail is primarily geared toward paddlers,” notes the Paddling Guide, “the hubs offer trail users the opportunity to expand their exploration of the area by bicycle, horseback, or on foot.”   Show more »

Everything You Need for a Great Experience

The Conference & Retreat Center at Advent Christian Village is equipped to provide canoers and kayakers what they need for an enjoyable trip down the Suwannee, whether it's for only a few hours, a full day, or for several days in a row. Let us handle the stress of planning and take care of the shuttling. Tours are self-guided.

Trip Options

Trip # Approx. Time Price Trans.1 Total2
1 1 hour $20 N/A $21.40
Start and stop: Madison boat ramp to ACV boat ramp OR ACV boat ramp to Sand Pond boat ramp
2 2 hours $25 $3.50 $30.50
Start and stop: Madison boat ramp to Rt. 250 boat ramp OR ACV boat ramp to Allen Mill Pond ramp
3 3 hours $30 $5.50 $38.00
Start and stop: Anderson Springs to ACV boat ramp OR Madison boat ramp to Sims Landing boat ramp
4 4 hours $35 $11.50 $49.75
Start and stop: ACV boat ramp to Lafayette State Park boat ramp OR Anderson Springs to Sand Pond boat ramp
5 5 hours $40 $12.50 $55.48
Start and stop: Madison boat ramp to Lafayette State Park boat ramp OR Anderson Springs to Allen Mill Pond ramp
6 6 hours $45 $15.50 $64.74
Start and stop: Suwannee State Park to ACV boat ramp OR Rt. 250 boat ramp to Lafayette County boat ramp @ Rt. 51 bridge
7 7 hours $50 $17.50 $71.53
Start and stop: Suwannee State Park to Sand Pond boat ramp OR Anderson Springs to Lafayette State Park boat ramp
8 8 hours $55 $19.50 $79.72
Start and stop: Madison boat ramp to Lafayette County boat ramp @ Rt. 51 bridge
9 Overnight $60 $21.50 $87.21
Start and stop: Spirit of the Suwannee to Suwannee State Park OR Suwannee State Park to ACV boat ramp
103 4 days & 3 nights $200 TBD $2144
1Transportation price per canoe. 2Price per canoe (add $5.35 for kayaks). Includes tax. Village members, their guests, and guests of the Lodge and Camp Suwannee can rent canoes at a discounted rate of $5 off each trip. For groups that stay for a week or more, the canoes are included in your price. 3Trip #10 includes 2 days of canoeing or kayaking, cooked meals for breakfast (3) and dinner (3) with a box lunch provided for each day on the river. Lodging provided in our Smith or Walker Cottages. Start and stop locations to be determined. 4Price before transportation cost is added per boat.

The prices listed are per canoe and the transportation fee is figured on a 60 cents per road mile rate. The Conference & Retreat Center's trailer carries 8 canoes. Groups needing more than 8 canoes will require 2 trips and should plan accordingly. (Only 2 1-person ocean kayaks are available at this time.) Life jackets and paddles are provided at no additional cost; the price is the same even if the guest has his/her own paddles and/or life jacket. Each canoe has 2 seats and room in the center which can accommodate 1 or 2 seated on life jackets; the weight limit per canoe is 700 lbs. All launches are subject to a safe water level at each location. Refer to the Suwannee River Water Management website for more information. 

Procedure

Canoe and kayak rental must be arranged through the Lodge office and confirmed with the Camp Director (386-647-6624) at least 4 hours prior to the time of departure. For longer trips (e.g., day trips), arrangements must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Payment is taken at the Lodge office prior to use.

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Tubing

Seasonal tubing is available May–September. The price is $5 per tube and the route is from White Sands beach (N30° 14.880' W83° 14.965') to Camp Suwannee beach (N30° 14.722' W83° 14.684') only and takes approximately 1 hour.