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Kayak Accessories & Outdoor Gear Retailers
Riversport Kayaks - Homosassa, FL - Nearest kayak retail sales to The Villages offering a large selection of kayaks and accessories

Sweetwater Kayaks - St. Petesburg, FL - Largest selection of sea kayaks in Florida and sea kayaking instruction and rentals

Bill Jacksons - Pinellas Park, FL - Iconic outdoor gear store since 1946. Kayaks, fishing, hunting, camping, scuba, skiing. Indoor pool, shooting range, indoor test ski slope. 

Travel Country Outfitters - Altamonte Springs, FL - Paddling, camping, recreation, travel

BassPro - Gainesville, FL - Fishing, hunting, camping outdoor gear

REI - Winter Park, FL - Paddling, camping, recreation, travel

Austin Kayak - Online paddling retailer

Oak Orchard Canoe - Online supplier of kayak and paddling equipment

Piragis�Northwoods Company - Online supplier of kayak and paddling equipment


Kayak Instruction & Tours
Aardvark - Crystal River, FL - Kayak rental, tours and instructional training

Discovery Kayak Tours - Kayak tours in Central Florida and instruction

Silver Springs Kayaking - Guided paddling tours of Silver River

Paddle Florida - Supported multi-day paddling camping tours in Florida

Paddle Georgia - Supported multi-day paddling camping tours in Georgia


Florida Paddling Organizations
Florida Paddling Trail Association - Steward of Florida's paddling trails whose mission is to develop water trails, protect the environment along the trails, and be a resource and voice for paddlers

Other Florida Paddling / Outdoor Clubs
Florida Trail Association - Maintains Florida Trail and offers guided hiking and paddling trips

Simply Laidback Adventurers, Campers and Kayakers (SLACKERS) - Very active Meetup group involved in local paddling, camping and international travel

Tampa Bay Sea Kayakers - Tampa, FL - Organized monthly paddle outings, free kayak training, monthly paddle picnics

Central Florida Kayakers - Meetup paddling group

Adventures in Florida - Meetup paddling group 

Lake County Paddlers - Leisure paddling group in Lake County, FL


Paddling Resources
American Paddler - Online publication offering paddling tips, gear reviews and boat rental locations throughout the US

Paddle Florida - Online Florida paddling guidebook of paddle destinations throughout Florida

Florida�Paddling Trails - Detailed paddling guides of rivers throughout Florida

ClubKayak - Florida's Premier Paddlesport Community


Florida Kayak - Great website for Florida Panhandle paddling destinations

Florida State Parks - Details of Florida state parks camping

Visit Florida - State of Florida travel information


Florida Kayak Rental Outfitters
 www.vckc.net/showpage.asp?page=outfitters - An index of outfitters that have been used by VCKC

VCKC Outfitter Index - Outfitters Used on Past VCKC trips

Canoe Outpost - Various kayak/canoe rental outfitters locations in Florida


Other Websites
National Rivers Project  - Discover interactive maps, paddling and access information for 757 rivers in the US

Paddling.net - Review of  canoe and kayak gear

Backcountry Sportsmen Custom Fishing Rods - Backcountry Sportsmen Custom Fishing Rods

Chets Camps - Located on Big Lake in the Grand Lake Stream Region of Down East Maine

Watertightcases —Good source for watertight cases for your camera

For VCKC Trip Leaders

Insurance Incident Report Form - Form to complete by VCKC trip leaders to report injuries or property damage occurring on VCKC trip