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Canoe Outpost - Little Manatee River

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Address: 18001 U.S. Hwy 301 S., Wimauma, FL 33598
Phone Number: +1 813-634-2228
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Very interesting, displays, friendly staff, great view of the river and alligators. Food was ok. Over done had alligator. Would go again. Great place to take out of towners.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 September 2016
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Wimauma, Florida
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Wimauma, Florida
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Very interesting, displays, friendly staff, great view of the river and alligators. Food was ok. Over done had alligator. Would go again. Great place to take out of towners.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

The kayak river trail was fun, some parts were shady and some areas sunny. A little current which was nice, until there was a tree across our path, we tried a few times to pass over, we got stuck, my dad wanted to get out to walk over it. The current was strong, I didn't want to. So we turned... More 

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Thank Denice-Feliz
Brian R, Owner at Canoe Outpost - Little Manatee River, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments and for expressing your concerns. Your visit was shortly after the recent hurricane had taken down that big tree. Although we had many customers before and after your trip that made it around that tree, I do understand that you may have found it challenging and had concerns for your dad. Not all experiences are suitable... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Beautiful scenic paddling trip. The staff is very friendly and helpful. A must for the outdoor enthusiast.

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Thank Thomas R
Brian R, Owner at Canoe Outpost - Little Manatee River, responded to this review

We agree! Thanks so much for paddling our river and taking the time to post a review. More 

Lutz, Florida
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125 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

I've visited this location twice with a marine science group out of USF. We kayak along the river while collecting and testing water and soil samples. Check the water level before scheduling this outing as it determines the amount of paddling and the number of obstacles. Incredibly relaxing and authentic Florida surroundings. Incredibly dependable boarding and return ride arrangements.

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Brian R, Owner at Canoe Outpost - Little Manatee River, responded to this review

Thanks for posting your review. We are always happy to have naturalists and natural science folks come and paddle the Little Manatee. Designated as an "outstanding Florida water", the Little Manatee is a great example of natural Florida. Thanks for visiting the river and the outpost. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

This was our first time to use a kayak. The guide was excellent, but it was a struggle to paddle back in the bay as the wind was against us - we're over 70 - so plan on being physically fit to do this. Great experience though.

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Brian R, Owner at Canoe Outpost - Little Manatee River, responded to this review

Diane S. My name is Brian and I own the Canoe Outpost location on the Little Manatee River. Your recent review was posted under my account but your description of a guided trip on a bay does not seem to apply to my river location. Perhaps you took your trip with another outfitter or even another location of our Canoe... More 

Palmetto, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

The upper river trail has always been a favorite. You're in the shade most of the time. And the old Railway Bridge is really cool. Unfortunately today my daughter and I had to get out of the boat twice to portage in order to continue the trip. We hit several other bad snags that were a lot of work to... More 

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Brian R, Owner at Canoe Outpost - Little Manatee River, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to post your review of the river. Yes. The upper river is always more challenging than our more family friendly lower river trips so we do call it a true adventure wilderness trip. Due to the narrowness of that section, any new tree fall can span the entire river and so we caution folks that... More 

Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

We loved the Little Manatee Canoe Outpost. We stayed on the hippie bus and it was a wonderful experience. The bus has all the creature comforts you'd find on an RV except a bathroom, but the bathrooms are so well kept. The entire campground is well kept. Great camping spot!!!

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Thank Ambermc22
Brian R, Owner at Canoe Outpost - Little Manatee River, responded to this review

The "Cool Bus" or Hippie Bus was a project of my wife Andi. She is so glad that you and other folks have enjoyed this quirky little oasis. Thanks for posting your nice comments and we hope to see you again soon. More 

Bradenton, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

We had a great trip. All the wildlife was incredible. The river has very clear, clean water and the experience in nature is great. The current is just enough to make it an easy paddle but still be very controllable. We had a few close encounters with manatees, a small alligator, numerous turtles and wading birds. This is a perfect... More 

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Brian R, Owner at Canoe Outpost - Little Manatee River, responded to this review

We are so glad you had a wonderful day out on the river. Thanks you for taking the time to share your nice comments. More 

Lago Vista, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2016

It is a 6.5 mile kayak trip, the water flows quickly making it more of a float for most of the trip (the flow slows some towards the end) if you like but no Rapids so it is easy for anyone. A great winter activity as you don't have to get wet. The trip takes about two and a half... More 

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Brian R, Owner at Canoe Outpost - Little Manatee River, responded to this review

Brrrr.. Yes, January 2016 has been one of the colder ones with much higher than normal water levels. Even then manatees find it cold and most have left the river to hang out with their buddies at the power plant viewing center just north of us. I am glad you found a bit a solitude on the river and had... More 

Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015 via mobile

Our extended family of eleven was looking for an outdoor activity that would please everyone from 8 to 75 years old. We found it here. The staff was informative and helpful. The river was peaceful and just gorgeous. Even though we are experienced paddlers, no experience is necessary to navigate this river. The highlight was the rope swing we found... More 

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Brian R, Owner at Canoe Outpost - Little Manatee River, responded to this review

We are always happy when families make us a part of their traditions. Christmas Eve on the river beats Christmas Eve at the mall every time. Thanks for posting your review. More 

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