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Can You Kayak in Three Sisters Springs?

In Crystal River, there are tons of things to see and do, from mini golf to bowling, or even just shopping downtown Citrus Ave. But if you’re more adventurous and would like to see the natural side of Crystal River, then you’re probably interested in getting to the infamous Three Sisters Springs. Known for its crystal-clear waterways and abundance of manatees in the winter months, Three Sisters Springs is also a fantastic spot to swim!

Yes, you read that right—you can actually swim in Three Sisters Springs. Even though there is no direct land-to-water access, you can reach the springs either by kayak or by motorized watercraft. You can even kayak back into the springs as long as it’s not manatee season, which runs from November 15th through March 31st. Kayaking in Three Sisters Springs is such a fun and personal way to experience nature, allowing you to take your time and soak up all the wildlife on the way into the springs and all around!

What You Need to Know About Kayaking in Three Sisters Springs

Accessing Three Sisters Springs:

  • No Land-to-Water Access: There is no direct access to the springs from the land. To visit, you’ll need to enter the water from a nearby location and kayak or take a motorized watercraft to the springs.
  • Kayaking Routes: When kayaking from Kacey’s Custom Adventures, Three Sisters Springs is a 25-minute paddle away. That time gives you plenty of opportunity to create amazing memories with friends and family or to soak in all the nature around you. At KCA, we provide you with a highly detailed map, which we go over with you before you head out, ensuring you know exactly how to get there safely.
  • Motorized Watercraft: If you prefer, you can also use a motorized watercraft to reach the springs, although kayaking offers a more intimate and eco-friendly experience.

Best Time to Visit: Any time in the Springs is a fantastic time, but different seasons bring different experiences!

  • Manatee Season: The prime time to visit Three Sisters Springs is during the winter months, from November 15th through March 31st, when the manatees migrate to the warm waters of the springs.
  • Summer Season: While manatees are less frequent during the warmer months, the springs still offer stunning natural beauty and a variety of wildlife, including birds, fish, and turtles.

Guided Tours and Rentals:

  • Guided Kayak Tours: Going on a guided tour with Kacey’s Custom Adventures gives you and your crew a local’s touch, as all of our guides are from the Crystal River area. While kayaking with a local guide, you’ll learn many facts about the history and the wildlife around. At Kacey’s Custom Adventures, we provide a variety of tours, from eco clear kayak tours to swimming tours at Three Sisters Springs, and even private tours if you want to take just your family out with no other people.
  • Kayak Rentals: If you’re more of a solo traveler, renting might be more up your alley! Providing you with all your safety equipment, a thoroughly explained map, and top-of-the-line kayaks, Kacey’s Custom Adventures is the place to rent for your Three Sisters Springs kayak rental!

Safety and Etiquette:

  • Respect Wildlife: Always maintain a respectful distance from wildlife, especially the manatees. There is no touching or feeding them, as this can be harmful to their health and disrupt their natural behavior.
  • Stay on Designated Paths: Follow marked paths and designated areas to protect the delicate ecosystem of the springs.
  • Wear a Life Jacket: Ensure you wear a life jacket at all times while kayaking.

What to Bring:

  • Waterproof Bag: Bring a waterproof bag for your essentials, such as your phone, camera, and snacks.
  • Sunscreen and Hat: Protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.
  • Snorkel Gear: Consider bringing snorkel gear to fully enjoy the underwater views of the springs. If you don’t have any snorkel gear at home, you can rent some here at Kacey’s Custom Adventures!

A Day in the Springs

Embarking on a kayaking adventure to Three Sisters Springs is a magical experience. Paddle through the serene waters of King’s Bay, keeping an eye out for playful dolphins, majestic manatees, and a variety of bird species. As you approach the springs, the water becomes even more transparent, revealing the vibrant underwater world beneath you.

Upon reaching the springs, take your time to explore the area, appreciating the tranquility and natural beauty. The springs are a perfect spot for swimming, snorkeling, and simply relaxing in nature.

Three Sisters Springs is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Whether you’re kayaking for the first time or you’re an experienced paddler, the journey to these crystal-clear springs offers a unique and unforgettable experience. Remember to respect the natural environment, follow safety guidelines, and enjoy every moment of your adventure in Three Sisters Springs.

Plan your visit today and discover the magic of this pristine natural gem! 🌿🚣‍♀️🌞

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