Guided tours start with a short instruction, then paddle about 1 hour. We stop for a break on a sandbar and provide a snack then finish up with another hour of paddling. Guided tours are planned to go with the tide.
Rentals take off from our location in the middle of Simpson Creek. We supply you with a map and point out interesting places to stop and dangers to look out for. There are miles of salt marsh and small rivers to explore. When done you return to the place you started (which means half the trip will be against the tide).
Types of kayaks we use
On our guided tours we use sea (touring) kayaks - the kind with a sit-in cockpit (as opposed to sit-on-tops) but we don't use spray skirts. We've found that these are the most comfortable and easily maneuverable for the beginner. For rentals we have recreational kayaks which are a bit more stable and shorter, perfect for exploring the salt marsh creek. We have sit-ins and sit-on tops for rentals. There are one and two person kayaks in our fleet.
Salt marsh wildlife
The salt marsh ecosystem is one of the most diverse in the world. It is the nursery for most of the fish found in the ocean. Northeast Florida is part of the East Coast flyway for migrating birds of many species. We frequently see pelicans, egrets, herons, wood storks, terns, and various shore birds as well as other migrating birds. In the water we may see dolphins, manatees, otters, rays, and other fish.
Gift cards available
Gift cards can be used for any tour, rentals or any product sold in either of our locations. Gift card will be mailed to you.
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Online certificates can be purchased for guided tours ONLY click here
Create your own adventure and rent a kayak from our base in Talbot Islands State Park
We supply the kayak, canoe or SUP*, PFD's, paddles and map. Depending on the tide and weather we can make suggestions routes, local sites and what to avoid. There are miles of salt water trails to explore and many sandbars or sandy beaches to stop on and swim or picnic. All rentals leave from our location and need to stay here in the State Park. So that means paddling against the current half the time. We have singles and doubles, sit in and sit on top kayaks. Kids under 5 years old can usually fit in front of an adult in a single or in a third jumpseat in the tandems. The Talbot State Park office is open from 9am-5pm everyday. No reservations are needed for rentals.
*SUP rental requires prior experience on a SUP because beginners tend not to have the control to keep themselves away from sharp oysters in the creek. If you don't have experience try a SUP Intro class first.
up to 4 hours
over 4 hours
two person kayak or canoe
Directions for self-guided rentals meet at our main office in Talbot Island State Park. The street address does not always work in GPS systems, but it will get you started - 13030 Heckscher Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32226. Located 4 miles south of Amelia Island on A1A or from the south, 1/2 mile north of the entrance to Little Talbot State Park.
Bringing a group?
Kayak Amelia does not take reservations for rentals but if you are bringing a group over 10 paddlers, call our office 904-251-0016 and we can work with you to make sure there are boats available when you arrive.
We want to make sure your group has fun and stays safe on the water. The saltmarsh creek you will be paddling is protected but this is a nature experience and a little local knowledge and planning can mean the difference between an outdoor adventure and visit to the emergency room!
We have created a trip leader's worksheet to help plan a safe, fun trip. All minors must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian. You can download a minor's waiver .