Peace River Gardner to Arcadia

Arcadia, Florida 34266

Peace River Gardner to Arcadia

Peace River: Gardner to Arcadia Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Peace River here flows through limestone country with many sandy banks. The route runs through wooded areas, with palms and live oaks draped in Spanish moss.

You’ll see all kinds of birds, from vultures to anhingas and kingfishers, but keep an eye open also for alligators, snakes, and deer. Closer to Arcadia, there are homes by the river, and the river slows—but the upper stretches remain pleasantly wild."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Skill Level
5 hours
Class I
No tides on this part of the river, but water levels can vary together with the speed of the current.
Tidal Information
At low water, limestone and gravel shallows can wear the hull of your kayak. You may need to wade occasionally.
Canoe Outpost operates a shuttle service and offers rentals: (941) 494-1215 or (800) 268-0083; 2816 NW CR 661, Arcadia 34266; Canoe Safari offers similar services: 3020 NW CR 661, Arcadia 34266; (863) 494-7865;
Local Contacts
Topo maps, USGS 1:24,000, “Gardner,” “Nocatee,” and “Arcadia”
Local Maps