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“Get Out in the Wild at Gulf Shores!”

BeachnRiver Canoe and Kayak Rentals
Ranked #1 of 2 Tours in Foley
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Owner description: A float from BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals begins at river's end of the Bon Secour River --- a river rich with history, intrigue and plenty of photo opportunities.
Reviewed June 22, 2010

What an awesome trip! We went on the last full day of our vacation. It was the best part of the trip. The owners were VERY welcoming and helpful. The river is great - journey from a small, cold spring fed creek surrounded by woods to a wide, warm, dock-lined estuary and back. Great coastal experience!! The two best parts were the rope swing at the start of the river and returning to BeachnRiver to get Lenny's subs they ordered for us to have a picnic on the river. Lots of fun!! And located only 5 minutes from Tanger outlets right off of 59. A must do on the coast! This is a nice change of pace for a beach trip.

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Reviewed June 5, 2010

Great thing to do for a change from going to the beach every day. You get to see a completely different side of gulf shores. The owners are extremely friendly and helpful. We started to get bored laying on the beach every day, and this was a great way to change things up and still spend time outdoors. Make sure you go the "Huck Finn" route as well as to the "Big Water", as the owners called it. It was beautiful and relaxing. You go out for 4 hours and its reasonably priced....not bad for a way to spend the day!

Thank asimps0n
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Reviewed June 4, 2010

Recently I was vacationing in Gulf Shores, Alabama with my cousin from
California. On our last day, we decided to take the BeachnRiver kayak trip on the beautiful and peaceful Bon Secur river. The put in site is at the home on owners, Jerry and Shelly. They were both so friendly and informative as we prepared for our afternoon on the river. I have always been a lover of canoeing and had only kayaked twice, both times in a two-person kayak. This company uses single-person kayaks and that is really the only way to go.
Kayaking is so much easier than using a canoe and the total control you have going it alone is awesome. I loved floating along seeing all the beautiful flowering shrubs in bloom. We only encountered a couple of other boaters that day, so it was quiet. It was a thrill to watch a Comoran doing his fishing and we also saw Osprey fishing. I would certainly recommend
kayaking to anyone who has a sense of adventure and even older folks can easily do this. I found the kayak to be very comfortable too, the way your body is positioned, you lean back on a back rest and just float away. It takes very little effort to guide the kayak.
Give it a try. There is so much more to do in the Foley-Gulf Shores area than going to the beach!

Thank Indianabarb
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Reviewed May 29, 2010

In late April 2010, a friend and I went kayaking in the Bon Secour River in southern Alabama. We are both from Indiana and are about sixty with little kayak experience – his first time and my fourth. Although only a mile off a busy highway, we seemed to be in a wilderness with tall trees and low brush covering the banks. It was mid-day, but we were in the shade most of the time.

The launch point was in a small creek behind the livery. The creek water was clear with a white, sandy bottom – only about six inches deep, but we had no problem floating the flat-bottom boats. We paddled a couple of hundred yards to the Bon Secour River, which had no perceivable current. The river is actually influenced by the tides more than a flowing current, so the water rises and falls a twice each day. I’m not an expert, but I would call it a bayou instead of a river. We paddled upstream for about a half hour, then turned back and went downstream for about an hour. We saw several streams leading into the river, but decided not to explore them due to our unfamiliarity with the region. Most of the time the banks were just trees and bushes, but we saw some houses and one old mansion up on a hill. Saw turtles sunning on logs and some ducks and songbirds. No alligators and very few insects. On our return, we saw three young men preparing to do some fishing near a tree-swing, which was about twenty feet above the surface of the water. At our suggestion, one of them demonstrated the swing by plunging into the water, which they said was at least 12 feet deep at that location.

We found our “home” creek and paddled the short distance to the livery. We were greeted by the owners whose home is adjacent to the livery and we changed into our dry clothes. Although we never left our boats, we did get a little wet, from launching and getting out of the boat and from the splash of the paddles. The owners were very friendly and provided all we needed for an enjoyable time.

Following is a comparison to my other kayaking experiences. All were sit-on-top, one-man rentals from commercial liveries.

1. Bon Secour River in southern Alabama
Flat-water, relaxing, launch and take out from the same point.

2. Gulf of Mexico off the beach of Gulf Shores Alabama
Surf and open water. A little boring – the beach all looks the same from the Gulf. It’s pretty, but just white sand and seemingly identical high-rise condos, broken occasionally by a stretch of open area or single-family houses. Launch and take-out from the same spot on the beach.

3. Lake Michigan in Door County Wisconsin
Open water, interesting to paddle the wooded coast in calm, clear, cold water with a solid stone bottom. Actually was in a quiet bay off Lake Michigan.

4. Toe River in western North Carolina
Whitewater, exciting (and dangerous) to run the rapids between boulders in fast-flowing waters. Had to drive about a half an hour to reach the launch point, then floated back down the river to the rental shop.

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Reviewed May 26, 2010

An amazing discovery, this Beachnriver. I think one of the main attractions is the perceived secretive-ness of the place, as if we were the first explorers drifting down the river to open water. This landscape and waterscape may seem normal to people of the south coast, but for us New England-born Coloradans it was like nothing we'd ever seen. Jerry and Shelley took a great deal of care to tend to every detail of their business, and it really shows. Five stars for fun, natural beauty, adventure, safety and pure joy!

Thank holl314
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