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“Great lil day trip!!”
Review of Bear Paw Escape

Bear Paw Escape
Reviewed June 29, 2013

We have gone here for a close by family canoe trip... never had a problem!!! As to the guy in the storm... if you can't check the weather before you go out you shouldn't be on a river, and they don't control the rivers water levels and I bet you didn't ask... they are a canoe livery and tube rental... and as far as I'm concerned they are good at it.. only complaint is idiots that sink their beer cans.. game wardens will stop you and look in coolers for empties no empties means littering ticket if you have been consuming alcohol as it should.

2  Thank dirtytrailhiker
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

Just went this last weekend with a group of students, so much fun. There is a rope swing and a few trees to jump off! Bring two cars, one to park at the end and one at the begin... we had to hitch hike back because we left our keys. Takes 4 hours so bring snacks! NO GLASS or underage drinking, the cops stopped us. Kids behind us got 250 fine for glass no exceptions. Bring tubes already blown up! Definitely going back!

4  Thank Sage G
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Great location about ten minutes from I-10 lots of selection on tubes and kayaks there canoes are nice too.Thats what we got was a conoe they tell you 5 hrs for the long trip which is 9 miles and has a really cool cave along the way you can check out. The cave was really cool.And there are so many different kinds of cool river grasses some look like lettuce there all different colors and look really cool while your paddleing along.It is a very slow river though but very peacful we truelly enjoyed or day on the chipola river and would love to bring the kids next time.

3  Thank Tiffany A
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

- No recommendation by the employees for equipment that is crucial to completing the trip such as paddles
- Company states it is not a rescue group, nor will they come get you for any reason
- There are no employees that work the drop off location - they leave immediately after giving you the rental floats, canoes or kayaks - within 5 minutes of being dropped off all employees left this location leaving us stranded
- Spring Creek Route (which the company states takes 3 to 4 hours to float is not realistic - it took us 5 hours to paddle not float this route) has no water in numerous locations, low water levels means little water flow (no water to push you), tons of organic matter and trash blocking the route which you must navigate around, limestone formations which are impossible to pass without pulling your float or canoe over them (be careful this is dangerous) - THE COMPANY DOES NOT TELL YOU ANY OF THIS
- Employees will hand you toy paddles, roughly 20 inches long, stating it is only needed to keep your floats out of low trees and bushes - THIS IS NOT TRUE - since the water levels are so low and little current, you will have to paddle the entire way even in floats. (We were only provided with one toy paddle because the employee stated only the Seadoo float , the 2 passenger float, would require one. The one person float, the other float we had, would not need a paddle. - Again this is a LIE, every float will need a REAL paddle not a toy paddle)
- The Bear Paw group will not come get you or anyone in your party for any reason once you are dropped off at the starting location for the trip
- The Bear Paw group will not come get you or anyone in your party if the weather gets bad - while during the last 40 minutes of our "floating" trip a terrible lightening storm popped up. This was ground lightening, it struck so close to our location that we could see the fire ball and smell burning.
- The office staff is very rude. Upon returning to the Bear Paw office to drop off the rental equipment and get our truck, no one was around to verify that we returned the equipment. When I walked in the rain to return the cooler we borrowed there was a young woman standing under the porch texting on her phone. She never looked up nor did she go inside the office. I placed the cooler on the desk and walked out - just before leaving the porch I asked the girl if she worked there - her response, "UMM, Yes" I told her we left the 2 floats on the ramp and the cooler on the desk and her only response was, "ok". She did not verify us or act like she cared.
- We spent $70 in rental fees for 2 floats to be tortured for 5 hours on a creek with no water
PLEASE DO NOT WASTE YOUR DAY HERE!

If you are interested in a beautiful, relaxing day of canoeing or kayaking, drive down to Wakulla Springs, near Tallahassee, Florida. Visit a wonderful group of people at, T-N-T Hideway - they will rent you your canoes and kayaks - then all you have to do is enjoy the beautiful springs (we have even seen manatee here). And I promise you won't have to pull or push your canoe/kayak down this body of water.

90  Thank Disneywalle
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