Econfina Canoe Livery
Econfina Canoe Livery
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piper1090
Athens, GA1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
I somewhat agree with the reviewer who stated that the springs are beautiful, but not much else. Everywhere we go we try and find a different river to kayak.....I have to say that I would not rank this as one of the better trips we have made on a river. I'm not sure what other reviewers are accustomed to in the way of kayak equipment, but the kayaks we had to choose from were the old style and heavy and cumbersome to navigate. The staff was not overly helpful and we were only given information about the take out and the river itself after having to ask once we had already taken the kayaks to the river. Just an FYI.....all the springs are located within the first 1.5 - 2 miles of the paddle and unless you are an avid kayaker I would suggest just driving to the springs and taking a picnic lunch because it is a really long paddle. And the staff upon pickup weren't overly friendly either, actually don't remember them even acknowledging the customers they were picking up.....just drove up, loaded the kayaks, opened the van doors and off we went on a super quiet ride back.
Written September 4, 2014
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Renae H
Fort Walton Beach, FL218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
I love this place. I've been there twice and both times I had excellent service and a good time. They only take cash and you have to have someone with one driver's license register. It's fairly inexpensive for one canoe rental and pickup afterwards. A great way to see some of the springs off the river although there are a still closures from the hurricane. Also very sad to see all the damage the hurricane did cause but still felt it was worth the trip.
Written July 29, 2019
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5Gators
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
We were at their gate at 8:30am when they opened and were on our way in the water by 9:00am. We stopped several times to explore the springs, swim and eat lunch. We were at the take out point at 2:00pm. It was an easy paddle due to the springs providing a nice current. Lots of crooks and turns in this creek which made it fun for us. Smaller children or inexperienced paddlers might run into a few logs. The best places to stop are near the beginning of this trip. There are a couple of springs just south of the first bridge that are worth exploring. Good stopping spots are hard to come by after emerald spring. We ended up finding a good sandy spot in shallow water to stop for lunch. When we signed in they said the first pick up was at 2:00pm and we got there about 5 minutes til and they were there ready to pick us up and bring us back to our car. We went on a Monday. This place gets busy. I suggest you get there early because the good stopping places get crowded but they are worth exploring. Would definitely do this trip again.
Written August 1, 2017
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Haley B
Albany, GA1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016
I have just returned from kayaking at the Econfina Conoe Livery. There were four people and our party. One very experienced kayaker and the rest of us beginners. We have been coming down to Panama City for the past 28 years and have seen the advertisements for this establishment for years. It's advertised as a relaxing trip down the creek. First off they do not give you hardly any information before taking off in the kayaks. The first 30 mins or so, is a pretty great trip. The springs are amazing to see, if they had a place to dock and return the kayaks after the spring it would be a perfect trip but they don't. The rest of the trip down takes at least 3 hours and you have to navigate around downed trees. Many have wasps nest and many many people capsized. Once you capsize there's no where to pull over and get back on. They advertise that there are places to stop and eat lunch and relax.. This is not true at all. All the land is private property. One couple had gotten severely hurt and they were attempting to call management to get help . They denied them help. Wouldn't send them help nothing. When we finally made it to the end .., After capsizing being attacked by wasps and paddling for 4 1/2 hours, I met a local man and he told me that he takes time out of his day to ride the river looking for people who had rented kayaks from this company and had gotten stranded along the way. He said they will never send help for anyone. This man takes time of his day, everyday, helping people this company refuses to help. He actually ended up helping the couple that had been stranded earlier in our trip. If you are an experienced kayaker.. You should be fine.. But unknowing families down here for vacation should be warned. Once you put your kayak in the water .. YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN. NO ONE FROM YHE COMPANY WILL HELP YOU AND THEY DO NOT CARE AT ALL.
Written July 14, 2016
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Maria A
Panama City, FL9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
Would not recommend. Due to the waters moving faster than we could steer, within the first hour, we capsized twice - maybe it was the rain. The creek was FULL of fallen trees; the smallest ones can turn your canoe over. Both my youngest and I got huge gashes on our faces and head, not severe enough for an ambulance but enough to bleed all over our clothes & get killer headaches. When we were able to stop at the springs, I called the canoe rental place & they were NOT helpful at all. I explained we had gotten hurt & would pay extra for a pick-up at the springs or an alternate to getting back on the canoe. They started getting defensive stating it was not their fault & their only concern was for the canoe. Let me be clear, we were NOT asking for an earlier pick-up (which is not allowed & it’s printed on the form signed during the rental), we were asking for a pick-up at a closer location during their pick up times which starts at 2pm; due to our injuries, losing most of our stuff, and the our lack of experience steering the canoe. They should really add a warning stating “WE WILL NOT BE OF ANY ASSISTANCE NO MATTER THE INJURIES & JUST WANT OUR CANOE BACK.” Needless to say, we will NOT be returning. Save yourself the possible 4 hour nightmare canoe trip & just go hike or drive to the springs, which, ironically, turned out to be a couple of miles from the rental place- yes the same place they could not make any pick-up exceptions no matter the circumstances.
Written July 6, 2015
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Cynthia E
Navarre, FL1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
If you are an expert oarsman who can turn a canoe on a dime (because you have to be to avoid all the obstacles on this river) and don't mind all the people drinking and swearing, then this is the place for you. However if you have children and would like a more relaxing and safe place to canoe, then Ecofina is not for you. The river has become one obstacle after another after another after another. Seriously, I felt like I was in boot camp. They need to clear the overhanging branches (lost count of how many times my children and I had to duck to keep from being hurt). They also need to removed some of the more dangerous trees fallen in the river. We saw several parties being tipped after getting stuck on them. You just don't have time to enjoy nature on this river because you are too busy paddling for your life. The current is very swift and if there weren't so many obstructions you could actually sit back and let the river do most of the work but you are constantly steering around debris. However the swift current was also a concern when pulling over to rest and cool off. It could take your little ones in a heartbeat. Unfortunately there were only 1 or 2 safe places to pull over and those were usually full with the party people drinking and swearing. My family will not be canoeing this river again. I hope you find a safer, more relaxing place to take yours.
Written August 14, 2015
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cindy h
Panama City, FL4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
I had family coming into town and they did not answer their phones so I could reserve a canoe and kayak. I drove to the livery and the take out points to get a feel for the trip. I made the reservations and told them two in our party were going on tubes. The employee said there was a $1 charge for tubes putting in there and they would not transport back to our car. Day of trip we put car at take out point for tubers then go to livery, pay for boats then they tell us we could not launch tubes from livery. This older woman owner? Is hostile telling us she should not even rent us boats if we are were with tubers. All she had to do is say no but she went on and on like we were the scourge of the earth.. We took our tubers to the springs which are down the road from the livery and came back for the boats. The guys with the boats were amused and completely indifferent that they might not have a canoe available after we we paid for them. They told us WE were lucky that they found a canoe for us. We Thought they were lucky cause we were ready to go country on them. We were the first trip of the day and the life jackets and oars had dried mud on them..At pick up, they don't open the van doors, don't even look at you and God forbid they talk to anyone. And the canoes are too big for this river and the constant navigating around downed trees..Yes the springs are beautiful. So rent a boat somewhere else and put in at the springs on hwy 20. Leave a car at 388 and avoid the livery like the plague it is..
Written July 27, 2015
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Tammi H
Panama City Beach, FL42 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Since we visited in October, this was by appointment only, but they got us in next day, no problem. It was just my husband and I and another couple that left just before us. I agree with another review who mentioned about not stopping on private property or docks, It is all private property. They also mention there are 4 or 5 springs during your first part of the trip that you can stop at. ??? They aren't marked or even clear on how to get to them. We did manage to find one that we had to paddle back upstream to get to. We had passed it, and frankly if it weren't for the other couple who had gone to it and told us where to go, we would've missed it too. The river is/was pretty rapid moving for us. We are only experienced on open calm waters of mangroves and such. This had LOTS of 90 degree turns and TONS of downed trees and logs to maneuver around. We hit a log once and almost flipped, and several other times got caught up not being able to turn around one obstacle then get to the other side of the river in time to clear the next obstacle. It was very stressful. When you were in a calm area it was beautiful and peaceful, but I couldn't wait to get to the end and it be over. I found myself paddling even in calm areas just to move along faster. The water was clear and cold. But no fish, no birds. Only squirrels, a frog and a housecat did we see. The only fish were at the put-in and take out points. Not what advertised for sure. My cousin (who also had a bad experience on this river) recommends Merritt Mill Ponds Springs.
Written October 30, 2017
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carolinewiliams35
Panama City, FL1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
Youre probably someone on here looking for reviews to go to econfina, despite allt he aweful reviews you probably wana check it out for yourself. DONT, these people are purely a joke. They do not care about you or that you spent money hoping for a good time. the water is NOT clear excpet for maybe ONE spot. the rest us mucky brown water. the current is so strong, not one spot to safely get out for any reason along the way. my boyfriend and i were on a canoe and it capsized & we lost everything, the canoe almost got away too, the 45$ to rent a canoe does not stop there. you have to pay a 35$ shuttle charge, per canoe, even though theyre going RIGHT DOWN THE ROAD. we had our own vehicle at the end so we didnt need thier shuttle service, they dont care, you still have to pay for it. i was so disgusted with thier customer service from the beggining i wish we would have left then. The owner was the one yelling at us telling us to go somewhere else, for what reason? we have no idea. he told us to go someone else AFTER he took our money and he had no plan to refund us. that trip isnt something i wish upon anyone. i honestly hope they get shut down. save money and a headache by putting in on your on on HWY 20. you have to drag your canoe to the water and launch it there anyways. they will tell you quick if you cant drag it to the water then you have no buisness trying to get on it ether. they give no instructions or heads up about anything!!
Written August 1, 2016
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Michael M
Dothan, AL3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
cCalled ahead and tried to make reservations and was told did not need to made them. I then drove the 54 miles and was told no boats available. Young woman did not seem to care about our problem. I would encourage anybody I know not to waste your time go to Vernon Florida and be treated with respect.
Written July 6, 2016
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