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Simpson Creek Eco Tour

kayakerSimpson Creek, a tidal river that runs between Big Talbot and Little Talbot Island State Parks, part of the greater Timucuan Preserve Estuary. On our tour we paddle through Fort George estuary, a series of tributaries that wind through the marsh, creating what looks like the arteries of the land. The water twists and turns creating intimate canals for the resident wading birds, fishing osprey, and provides protection for newly hatched fingerlings. The estuary is a fascinating environment, the lifeblood of the ocean, and the nursery ground for most of the life in the sea.

The estuary provides protection and abundant food for 90% of the large fish in the Atlantic. As we delicately explore this natural environment, you will learn about the incredible richness of life that is created and thriving in this magical world. Feel the culture and hearing the stories of struggles and triumphs of the humans that inhabited this area. With over 5000 years of history, this land echoes the tales of the Timucuan Indians and French Huguenots that once inhabited this landscape. Sit back, relax and allow the sounds of the estuary sooth your senses.

Depending on the tide we leave from one of two launch sites. A booking we will provide directions to the site we will be launching.

 

Tour Information

Duration

3 hours

Price / person

$65 adult - $55 children under 12

 
What to bring

footgear that can get wet, sunscreen, water or sports drink, bathing suit

 
Provided

kayak, life vest (PFD), paddle, an entertaining guide

 
Location

Talbot Island State Park / Timucuan Preserve

 
Directions

1) Ft. George Island (Camp Alamacani) Google Map
from Amelia Island - go South on A1A past Amelia Island Plantation (heading toward Jacksonville), over bridge, pass Big Talbot Island State Park and Little Talbot Island State Park, over next bridge, 2/10 mile turn Right at jug handle Uturn, head back towards bridge, exit right at boat ramp sign before bridge
from Jacksonville - go north on Heckscher Drive, pass ferry, 1/2 mile past Hugeonot Park turn Right before bridge at boat ramp sign

 

2) Long Island Outfitters (LIO- Kayak Amelia office) Google Map

from Amelia Island - go South on A1A past Amelia Island Plantation (heading toward Jacksonville), over bridge, go 4 miles, turn Right at Kayak Amelia sign
from Jacksonville - go north on Heckscher Drive, pass ferry and Hugeont Park, 1/2 mile past Little Talbot Island State Park turn Left at Kayak Amelia sign