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New “Low Tide” Kayaking Tour

low tide kayak tour

Have you ever heard that low tides are great for birding?

Tarpon Bay Explorers — the official concessionairre of the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge — has just announced a new Low Tide Kayak Tour to add to your “don’t miss” list!

This 90-minute tour will take you through Tarpon Bay’s tidal flats, where extreme low tides expose mud and grass flats that create great feeding opportunities for a variety of bird species including herons, egrets, ibis and osprey. Low tides also make it easier to find manatees and dolphins. You’ll learn how these birds utilize the low tides and why small things like grasses and oysters are so crucial to the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s mangrove estuary ecosystem.

An added benefit of taking the tour (versus a kayak rental) is that after the 90-minute tour is complete, paddlers have the option of keeping the kayak for the rest of the day free of charge! Paddlers can keep paddling the open waters of Tarpon Bay or head into the mangrove forest through Commodore Creek (tide permitting).

The tour costs $30 per adult and $20 per child (age 12 and under). Reservations recommended.

Keep in mind, this tour is only offered when the bay is experiencing EXTREME low tides. Thus, this kayak tour is not offered every week. For dates, times and more information, call 1-239-472-8900.

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