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4-H Tidelands Nature Center

Kayak Tours & Canoe Rentals

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Kayak Tours

Join us for a guided kayak tour in the salt marshes around Jekyll Island!

Our 3-hour guided kayak tours offer you a crab's-eye view of Jekyll's tidal creeks. As you paddle you might see herons, egrets, and wood storks feeding along the banks, diving pelicans and terns, and fiddler crabs by the thousands. Dolphins are frequently sighted, as well as the occasional manatee. Our guides are experienced naturalists who will share the secrets of the ecology of this fascinating environment.
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Our trips are suitable for beginners as well as experienced paddlers. Each trip includes an orientation and basic paddling instruction. All equipment is provided. All you need to bring is water to drink and shoes that can get wet. (Expect your feet to get wet as you enter and exit the boat.) We also recommend a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Please dress comfortably for your on-water excursion.

Kayak trips are offered year-round. Cost is $55 per single kayak, or $95 per tandem (two-person) kayak. If you have your own kayak, you can join one of our tours for half-price.

Reservations are required. Please call (912) 635-5032 for trip times, reservations, or additional information.

Fishing and Canoe Rentals

Enjoy fishing or relaxing on Rixen Pond, a 17-acre saltwater pond adjacent to Tidelands Nature Center. Rixen Pond has been stocked with Red Drum and many species of saltwater fish many be caught here.

Watch as mullet jump high out of the water, fiddler crabs scurry along the banks, blue crabs crawl on the bottom and schools of spot feed just beneath the water's surface.

Canoes may be rented for $15 per hour, or $30 for the day.

Our canoes can hold up to three people per boat -- we provide paddles and life vests. Rentals are available during regular operating hours only.

To fish you must bring your own fishing/crabbing gear.
There is no fee to fish, and all normal Georgia fishing regulations apply.

Rixen Pond is also home to many birds, including nesting ospreys, egrets, and herons in summer, while mergansers, cormorants and bufflehead ducks visit in winter months. Gas-powered boats are prohibited on Rixen Pond to preserve this environment. Kayaks and canoes are welcome.

No reservations are required to rent canoes. Please call (912) 635-5032 for more information or group program rates.

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