The Rainbow River is truly one of Florida's last best places.
The river runs clear and free. It is fed from a number of pristine springs and
the healthy grass bottom insures a plethora of fish,birds and turtles.  
Much of the eastern shoreline and the headwaters are protected as a State
Park and the river itself has been designated as both an
Aquatic Preserve,
and an
Outstanding Florida Waterway

With so many taking to the paddlesports, it is imperative that we all have an idea of what we are doing.
To make you a better paddler and keep you safer, we offer a
variety of classes from Beginner to Advanced.  Call the
shop for information at 352-795-5650

Coastal Kayak Guide Endorsement
For guided kayak and SUP trips, kayak and SUP tours, kayak and SUP sales & rentals and kayak and SUP  accessories
when visiting Florida and the Nature Coast,  be sure to stop by Crystal River and visit us. Kayak and SUP tours and rentals.

Explore King's Bay and its first magnitude springs. Tour the coastal area with a Marine Biologist and learn about manatees and
other flora and fauna from a degreed professional. Experience ecotourism as it should be practiced.

For the avid paddler, visit our retail shop.  We carry the best kayaks & paddling accessories to be found in the area.
Kayaks:              Eddyline    /  Hurricane /    SUPS:  Bishop Boards
Paddles :            Swift    /   Bending Branches /   AquaBound   
Accessories :     NRS   /  Seattle Sports /  YakGrips  /  Stohlquist PFDs /  Seals Skirts   
Guided kayak trips can be one of the best ways to learn about the gentle giants and one of the least invasive means to observe.  
Guided kayak trips offer a better learning experience and if properly guided, assure that any  interaction will have minimal impact
on the manatee's behavior and health.  Available seasonally during the colder months only.
Homosassa Halls River Area
Aardvark's Florida Kayak Company
707 N Citrus Avenue, Suite A
Crystal River, Florida
(352 )795-5650
 ●  Fax (352)795-5650
The Florida Kayak Company is a full service paddlesport business providing sea kayak tours, guided trips, kayak rentals and
accessory sales to resident and visiting paddlers.  We offer
nature based trips on the Crystal, Salt, Chassahowitzka,
Rainbow and Withlacoochee Rivers,
 as well as specialty trips for manatee observation, dolphin watching, birding, and
trips to
Rainbow Springs and  State Wildlife Refuges  We offer an alternative or even a compliment to the Disney
experience that is Orlando. Even a beginner can enjoy our trips and classes.  In a matter of minutes, you'll be gliding with manatees
and soaring with bald eagles. Members of the Paddlesport Industry Association, Professional Paddlesports Association, the ACA
(American Canoe Association), and the Nature Coast Ecotourism Alliance.

We offer the same boats that we use on our tours as
rentals (reservations required).  We have a wide variety of hard shell kayaks
including the full line of Hurricane Kayaks.  We also offer use of our Eddyline Touring Kayaks for qualified paddlers.

We offer carbon paddles by AquaBound and Bending Branches, graphite paddles by Swift , carts by Malone,  and much, much  

In addition to our trips, rentals, and accessory sales, we offer eco-guide and ecology classes, and sponsor a kayak / paddleboard
meetup group.

We are paddlesports and paddlesports only. Unlike some of our competitors who are dive shops, newcomers or resorts that rent
kayaks as a side, we know paddling and we've been in the area for more than 20 years.  Who better to guide you?
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Aardvark's Florida Kayak Company
Crystal River, Florida
(352 )795-5650
 ●  Fax (352)795-5650
The Chassahowitzka River is clear, shallow, and spring fed and
wild. The Chassahowitzka is one of our
river trips. The Chass runs
from the head springs to the Gulf of Mexico through State Preserve and
National Wildlife Refuge lands. Teaming with wildlife, scenery and
history, the Chassahowitzka is one of the Nature Coast's most
unspoiled rivers. Guided kayak trips  depart the Chassahowitzka River
Campground and follow the river with the opportunity to explore sinks
and springs on the run down and back. Manatees in winter, avian and
aquatic life can be observed year round. Best paddled on weekdays
during the summer to avoid crowds.
One of our favorite coastal trips is to the Backcountry.
This trip leaves from the wonderful world of Oz (Ozello) and
features clear, shallow water and a maze of mangrove
islands..This is where local knowledge really pays off. We go
where the wind and tide takes us.. No boat traffic and
uncrowded waters. Eagles and white pelicans in winter,
wading birds in summer. Dolphins can appear at any time.
Trip features shallow sandbars and a stop to explore
pre-columbian shell middens, time and weather permitting.
Please take back nothing but memories.
Aardvark's Florida Kayak Co., Inc.  
352-795-5650     Crystal River
For Kayak and Stand Up Paddle
Boards (SUP) sales,  instruction, and
tours in Crystal River, Florida  and the
surrounding coastal waters, come see
us first.

If you want more than a box store
experience or  a resort rental, we're
your shop!

We have guided manatee kayak & SUP
tours, kayak and SUP rentals on King's
Bay, kayak & SUP sales, kayak and SUP
paddles, and paddling accessories.
We have the best selection of kayaks
and SUPS on the bay!

We Deliver.
Aardvark's Florida Kayak Co., Inc.  352-795-5650
The retail store and reservation center is open 10-5 Wednesday thru Saturday
and 1-5 on Sunday. Rentals and tours are launched between 8 am and 10 am and
are by reservation only.  Sorry, but we are not designed to be a resort rental and
cannot accept walk-ins. The retail shop, reservation center, and rentals are
CLOSED Mondays and Tuesdays.

Aardvark's is a small shop by design and personalized customer service is what we
do best.  We know paddling and we'll take the time to talk to you and answer your
questions. If you stop by and we are not there, look for the "Back at:" sign next
to the front door.  That'll tell you when we'll be back. Typically it'll only be a few
minutes as we pick up or drop off our rental boats. We believe that if you want
something done right, do it yourself.

Our pledge is to have the best kayaks on the Bay.  No junk, no tubs, no box store
mentality. No misleading advertising. Thanks for your patronage.     

Matt & Sue, The Aardvarks
With guided kayak trips leaving daily from Crystal River, people wishing to view the manatees in season now have another, less
intrusive, option for interaction with our kayak and SUP ecotours.  All our tours feature the use of professional level equipment
from entry level through expert. No box store boats will ever be found at our shop.

The Nature Coast of Florida is located 1 hour north of the Tampa/St.Pete area and two hours from Orlando
New Swift Manatee Paddle
Help Support Save the Manatee
Now offering SUP instruction and tours by appointment. Call the shop to arrange a class or tour.
Visit our fully stocked retail shop in the heart of the Crystal River historic district.  

We have, in stock, over 20 different models of kayaks in a variety of styles and colors.

We specialize in light weight quality kayaks from Eddyline, and Hurricane and a variety of SUP brands.
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Retail Hours: Wed-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5
Rentals: Launches are by reservation*
Tours:  By reservation* only.

* Minimum of 24 hours in Advance
Retail Sales
Tours & Instruction
Aardvark's Florida Kayak Company
707 N Citrus Avenue, Suite A
Crystal River, Florida

Pricing, Reservations, Cancellations and Other Policies / What to Bring                                            

KAYAK & SUP SALES:  New Kayaks & SUPS       Used Kayaks & SUPs

KAYAK & SUP RENTALS  Pricing, Reservation and Cancellation Policy / What to Bring
Note: All our rentals are by prior reservation and are launched into either Kings Bay Park or Hunters Spring Park
in Crystal River. We will also deliver to waterfront rentals within the Crystal River area.
SUPs and kayaks are NOT allowed INSIDE Three Sisters Springs from Nov 15 Through Mar 31.
Manatee may be seen in many other places on the Bay

INSTRUCTION:   Classes     LINKS:      Lodging   /   Miscellaneous  & Maps
Discontinued for 2017/2018
Stand Up Paddleboard Tours and Instruction
Kayak Tours and Instruction
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Come Kayak with Manatees. (Seasonal) Citrus County is probably best known for its manatee or "seacow" population.
The waters of Citrus County are the winter home of upwards of 700 West Indian Manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris). This
accounts for 15%-20% of the Florida population.
Available at Aardvark's
and these other fine area stores
Stand By Paddlers List

Stand By Paddlers List

We often have a few slots open during our guided outings for various paddle clubs so we are offering non-club or other club paddlers to help
fill in on a last minute basis. If at one week out from the trip date there are open slot  we will announce it to our Stand By Paddlers List via an
e-mail blast. There will usually be only two or three slots open, so the first to
call and complete a reservation gets those spots. This is
primarily for people who don't have their own kayaks.  If you participate, you get the club rate of $41 per person.  For that you get a guide, a
lightweight single kayak or standard tandem, paddle, pfd and delivery/pickup of the kayak.  You may sign up for the list if you want to use
your own kayak, but the price is the same.

If you like to be placed on the list send an e-mail to:  In the Subject line, put "Add Me"  and in the body
provide your name and a valid -email address.

Stand By Paddler List

These trips are generally very easy but you should have a little bit of paddling experience or have taken a lesson from us.  Destinations are
usually with an hours drive of Crystal River and the paddles last two to three hours.