Voted Best Place to Kayak by Folio Weekly for 2007, 2008 and 2009!
"Located just off A1A south of Ponte Vedra Beach, Guana remains an environmental treasure of epic proportion."
Formerly known as Guana River State Park, the GTM NERR is one of twenty-eight National Estuarine Research Reserves in the United States. This designation assures one of the best natural systems in the country. The Friends of the GTM NERR and Ripple Effect Ecotours have partnered to offer extensive eco-educational opportunities exploring the ecological diversity of the GTM NERR. The coastal estuary offers incredible views of nesting bald eagles, possible encounters with Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin and the West Indian Manatee, as well as many other documented species. Most of all this area provides a real glimpse into what real Florida has to offer in abundance of shear beauty nestled between civilization to the north and south. Our touring kayaks are the perfect vehicle for exploring one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet in a low impact and environmentally friendly way leaving behind only Ripples!
Kayak Tours offered at Guana:
Guana River Estuary
Family Kayak Tours for ages 6 and up!
Lake Guana from the dam
6-Mile Landing Lake Guana
Indians of the Estuary
The Zen Kayak Tour
Sunset Tours every weekend
Full Moon Kayak Tours
Kayak Instructional Classes
Night Sky Astronomy Kayak Tour
Directions for Guana River Kayak Tours
Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve Environmental Education Center 505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32080
Located south of Jacksonville Beaches and north of downtown St. Augustine, this location has convenient access along A1A. The Entrance is next to the “Gate” gas station and there is a sign for the GTM NERR.
Driving south from Jacksonville beaches and Ponte Vedra on A1A the entrance is 10 miles from Micklers Road. Turn right into the GTM NERR entrance, Guana River Road, the ocean will be on your left.
Driving north from downtown St. Augustine on A1A the entrance is 7 miles from Vilano Bridge. Turn left into the GTM NERR entrance, Guana River Road, the ocean will be on your right.
Kayaks launch from the dam behind the GTM NERR Environmental Educational Center. Take your first left on Guana River Road and drive up to the Environmental Educational Center. Park and then walk down the sidewalk on the north end of the building. This will bring you right down onto the dam and you will see us waiting for you there. If you wish to park at the dam there is a 3 dollar charge and you will drive under the arm gate on Guana River Road to then park at the dam. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time.
Note for sunset tours at Guana: The Environmental Educational Center closes at 4pm. All sunset tour participants will have to pay $3 per vehicle to park on the dam.
6-Mile Landing Kayak Tours will depart from the 6-Mile Landing Boat Ramp 6 miles north of the Environmental Education Center in the Guana Preserve. This entrance is just south of the North Beach Parking Lot on the north end of the Preserve. Look for the sign with a boat ramp on it! Please be at the launch point 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time.