Please consider your whole group when you are planning a group outing. If you are an experienced paddler who would like to take our 6-hour trip, that's great. Just remember that you may have one or two first-time paddlers in the group and they may never want to paddle again if you schedule something too aggressive for their first outing. If you are arranging a catered lunch at one of the parks or are parking a car (each Wilderness Park site charges a $2.00 per car parking fee) at one of the parks with all the food, make sure that everyone knows that at a minimum they need to bring water or soft drinks along with them in the canoe, otherwise, it might be a long two hours before they can quench their thirst.
A group to us is 8 canoes or more. We require a 100% non-refundable prepayment 7 days in advance of a group reservation. However, please make a tentative reservation as soon as you have selected your trip, date, and time. We will reserve your slot for you as a tentative and expect your prepayment 7 days out. We have learned over the years that it is a big help to the group organizer to collect the money in advance from those folks expressing a desire to canoe with the group. There are a lot of folks who think they would like to go, think it's a good idea, will show up if nothing better comes along, et cetera. The people who pay their money in advance will show up (barring an extreme emergency) and this ensures a successful group outing by having a good turnout. This also helps us in our planning. Based on the number of canoes in the group, we block out a time slot before and after the group so our individual paddlers can still enjoy the serenity they are seeking.
What about rain? It's unusual for it to rain all day in Florida, but it does happen. If it should rain all day at our location and you couldn't possibly go, we will schedule a rain date for the group. Please notice that we judge the weather by our location, not necessarily yours. Oftentimes in Florida it rains on one side of the street and not the other. So if you are 10 minutes or more away from us, your weather may be completely different than ours.
We will gear everyone up with life jackets and paddles. Every boat will receive a map, and the staff will go over the map with the group. Paddling instructions will also be given to every one as well.
Please ask your group to arrive 15 to 30 minutes (depending on size of group) before check-in time so everyone will be here on time. If you are the group leader, please consider directing your group members to our website to take a look at our rules, what to bring, and how to get to our location in the park.
*A minimum of 8 canoes are required to be eligible for a group discount*
Groups are welcome on all trips.
Eligible groups will receive 10% off each canoe rental
Some tandem canoes are large enough to accommodate center passengers as follows:
Age 11 or under (2 center passengers maximum) FREE
Age 12 or older (1 center passenger maximum) $10.00
These special arrangements may not be combined with any other discounts or special offers, and are not applicable to hourly rentals, guided, escorted trips, or other specialty trips.
Additional weekend/holiday restrictions on group rates:
Start time must be between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
As we do with all groups we require a 100% non-refundable prepayment 7 days in advance of a group reservation.
Reservations and prepayment required
Prices do not include park's $2.00 per car parking fee.
Prices do not include 7.5% sales tax.
Rates subject to change without notice.
Major credit cards accepted.
Shuttle back to the launch site, paddles, life vests, and river map are included in self-guided, downstream rental rates.
Reservations required for special group pricing.