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“Highly, Highly recommend it!! Lots of fun”

Canoe Outpost-Peace River
Ranked #2 of 8 Tours in Arcadia
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Owner description: The Canoe Outpost is located right on the banks of the Peace River just two miles west of Arcadia off State Road 70, right behind the Arcadia Peace River Campground. Located one hour from Sarasota, less than two hours from Tampa/St. Pete, 2 hours from Orlando, and about 3 hours from Miami/ Ft. Lauderdale, the Outpost is easily reached by all. Wilderness canoe and kayak trips by the hour, half day, full day, and overnight canoe camping are offered. The Outpost in Arcadia is open seven days a week every day of the year except Christmas Day. An additional office in Gardner is open on weekends during busy seasons in Spring and Fall to handle the popular overnight trips that check-in and end there. The Gardner Outpost facilities include ample parking, restrooms, shady picnic areas, hosing off station, trash disposal, and most important, end of trip parking, no pick ups required. All other trips, reservations, and information are handled through the main office in Arcadia. Facilities at the Arcadia Outpost include ample parking, restrooms, dressing rooms, shady picnic areas, volleyball net, grills at covered picnic area, and outdoor showers. Along the way on the river, paddlers can enjoy the Canoe Outpost Oak Hill area. Oak Hill is the Outpost’s private picnic/camping area with tables, portable toilets, and hiking trails. The Canoe Outpost paddle trips offer something for everyone. Some of the popular activities include fossil hunting, wildlife observation, hiking, fishing, swimming, picnicking, and, of course, canoeing and kayaking in a backdrop of peace and quiet along Florida’s most popular State Canoe Trail. Many church, scout, service club, and youth groups paddle the Peace, as well as families, groups of friends, and area businesses. The Outpost has witnessed weddings, divorces, Bar Mitzvahs, birthdays, church retreats, family reunions, and corporate gatherings. You can also bring your dog, we’re pet friendly. Canoeing gives people a chance to enjoy the Florida outdoors and enjoy the sun and water, but doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed March 15, 2012

My daughter and I had a blast. If you're not one for complete and total roughing it, don't bother. However, if you're up for a nice adventure with great people, go for it!

Thank centralia f
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

Great place to camp and/or paddle. The owners are awesome folks very passionate about what they do which makes anything you plan to do while at the outpost wonderful...

Thank Elisabeth M
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

Although we came to the pace river with kayaks in tow, we stopped by the Canoe Outpost to get some information about the area. The staff was friendly and extremely helpful and provided us with valuable information about local camping attractions. They even offer a cool opportunity to canoe and camp along the river. Next time we are in the area, we will make sure to stop by Canoe Outpost again!

1  Thank OverStreetz
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Reviewed January 27, 2012

Only a little over an hour from St. Pete Beach. This was our first time fossil hunting. The staff is very friendly and informative. We wanted to do the 8 mile canoe trip, but the receptionist advised us to take the 5 mile trip so we could have time to stop and look for fossils. We are so happy we took her advise. We found over a hundred sharks teeth!! We saw turtles, alligators, hawks, belted kingfishers, heron, egrets, buzzards, ducks and jumping fish. Park your car at the Arcadia outpost and they will bus you to where ever you decide to put in. They do and provide everythying for you, even loan you shovels and sifters for fossil hunting. The best time to go is in the winter. The water is shallower and make digging easier. We had a blast!

1  Thank burtatmikes1
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

This past Thanksgiving weekend, my friends and I took a trip to Arcadia, FL (3 1/2 hours from Miami) to canoe down the Peace River. We decided to set up our trip with the fine people at the Canoe Outpost. They are the friendliest staff and great to work with. They take you up the river in a van and provide all the equipment, including fossil finding kits. They supply your group with a trailer for you to load up all your camping gear, so you won't have to take all that in the canoe with you and risk getting everything soaked. When we arrived to our amazing campsite in their private camping area called Oak Hill, our trailer was waiting for us. The sites are spread out from each other and separated by trees for privacy. One location can accommodate large groups with no problem. It's a primitive camp site with an on-site portable toilet. No running water or electricity. I just used the river itself for washing the pots and pans and for brushing my teeth and washing my face. They have many different canoe trip lengths but we chose the 8 mile Oak Hill trip. It's 4 miles the first day and another 4 miles the second. (About 2-3 hrs of canoeing each day). I've done the 20 mile trip once and now after doing the 8 mile trip, I won't be doing any other trip again. It's great for kids and inexperienced paddlers.
The campsite is great for walking around and checking out the river and the orange trees and oaks.
On the second day, we tried our luck in shark teeth fossil hunting and came out short, except for a few small teeth, but it was fun. Make sure to look for spots where the river bends and where there's plenty of gravel and rocks on the river bed. Bring a shovel and dig. Make sure your sand sifter has holes that are no bigger than a few millimeters, if not the small ones will go through.
After fossil hunting, we continued down the river till we saw a spot where people were swinging into the water off a rope hanging off an oak tree. This spot was probably an hr down from Oak Hill on the right hand side. The water was deep and it was pretty safe. That was the highlight of the trip! Bring your camera.
Overall, my Peace River trip was a great experience. We camped out under the stars and got to paddle down a beautiful river with our friends. It's nice to get away from the city for a change. I'll definitely do it again.

4  Thank dlima002
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