Kayaking the GTM
Kayaking the GTM

Kayaking the GTM

Explore Guana River with paddling routes that run both north and south.

Launch from the Guana Dam in the GTM Research Reserve (south launch) or use Six Mile Landing (located six miles north of the GTM Research Reserve) for a memorable experience.


Guana Dam offers plenty of parking ($3 day use fee, cash only) and restroom facilities. It’s also home to South Guana Outpost, an outfitter that offers kayak and SUP rentals as well as guided tours. There’s a picnic area just west of the dam at the Guana Trailhead.

Six Mile Landing has a small dirt parking lot with 12 vehicle/trailer parking spaces and no facilities so plan accordingly.

Explore Guana Lake from the GTM Dam

Guana Dam offers a quiet, relaxing paddle with pristine views.

At a Glance Information for Kayaking the GTM

Fees/Permits: $3 day use fee, cash only paid at Guana Dam

Difficulty Level:
Easy to Moderate

Restrooms:
at Guana Dam and Environmental Education Center

Open:
Daily from 8 AM to sunset

Other Information: Beat the heat in the summer by getting on the water early. The birds are usually more active in the morning as well.

Bring a hat, sunscreen, camera, phone, water and wear comfortable clothing that can get wet. Also, consider a waterproof phone case and sun protective clothing.

Six Mile Landing at the GTM

Located six miles north of the GTM Research Reserve, Six Mile Landing offers a memorable paddling experience.

At a Glance Information for Kayaking Six Mile Landing

Fees/Permits: None

Difficulty Level:
Easy to Moderate

Restrooms:
Portalets

Open:
Daily from 8 AM to sunset

Other Information: Beat the heat in the summer by getting on the water early. The birds are usually more active in the morning as well.

Bring a hat, sunscreen, camera, phone, water and wear comfortable clothing that can get wet. Also, consider a waterproof phone case and sun protective clothing.

Bioluminescence

Try a unique, nighttime paddling bioluminescence experience!

Bioluminescent sea creatures thrive in Guana Lake. Collect illuminated Comb Jellies in nets for a closer inspection.

Guided Tours and Rentals

North/South Guana Outpost

Located at Guana Dam, South Guana Outpost offers guided tours, rentals and lessons

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Geo Trippin Kayak Adventures

Geo Trippin offers lessons and guided tours at multiple locations on Florida's Historic Coast. Check out their Bioluminescent Tour offered on Guana Lake.

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