Renting from North Guana Outpost gives you the opportunity to explore many different waterways in NE Florida. We offer weekly rentals for those who want to take the equipment for up to 7 days and go for a camping and paddling trip to the many springs or to take a trip down the Suwannee River. Many beach home vacationers will choose this option as well. We offer a delivery service to many of the homes along A1A.
If you do not have a way of transporting paddleboards or kayaks we have the convenience of launching right from the shop into the northern end of the Guana preserve (hence our name). This is a beautiful location to paddle calm flat water and view wildlife native to the area. The water level of the Guana Lake is controlled by a dam that is about 12 miles south of the NGO launch. Certain times of year the water level may be too low to launch from this location but there are plenty of other options if that is the case!
About four miles south of NGO you will find 6 Mile Landing, a public boat launch into the Guana Lake. This is another great wildlife viewing location as over 500 species of birds migrate to the area annually. 6ML is also a popular location to fish for trout, redfish and black drum. Single fishing kayaks are available for the same cost as our regular kayaks. We offer free delivery to this location.
Heading further south we come to the Guana Tolomoto Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR). Say that 5 times fast. This is where the dam is located along with an educational center. The GTMNERR is one of 28 protected coastal areas from Alaska to Puerto Rico. There is an honorary $3 fee to park here but well worth it. You have two options to launch; the north side of the dam or the south. With a 'beach' walk in entry the north side is a great place to learn to paddleboard or for any beginner paddler. The south side is the Guana River which flows about 3 mile south and runs into the ICW. This side is tidal with very large tide swings at times. It is also salt marsh so there are oyster beds. Both sides are great for fishing and it is not rare to spot a bald eagle here. In addition to paddling, there are over 6 miles of hiking/biking trails at this location.
An eighth of a mile east of the shop you will find one of the only public beach accesses in Ponte Vedra; Micker's Landing. Try paddle boarding here on a flat day to see dolphins and sea turtles or come when there is some swell to paddle surf or try surfing on our beginner boards!
Just inland of the shop is the Nocatee Kayak Launch. From here you can paddle north or south on the Intracoastal Waterway. This river has access to the ocean at the Vilano inlet so you may have boat traffic on weekends and nice days. It is best to paddle here at high tide. You have the possibility to see manatees and dolphins in the ICW.
Give us a call to reserve your kayak, paddleboard or surfboard and get outside and explore!