Callalisa Creek Eco-Tour
Between the mainland and the barrier islands of New Smyrna Beach are the headwaters of the Indian River Lagoon are several creeks offering excellent eco-tour adventures. One of our tours focuses on Callilisa Creek, a winding waterway lined with thousands of mangroves. These “walking trees” are an important part of the Florida ecosystem. The trees provide a safe habitat from predators for fish, the roots help trap sand and sediment to build new land and provide an import windbreak to mitigate storm damage. For the birdwatchers, mangrove provides nesting for innumerable shorebirds including pelicans, herons, egrets, bitterns, spoonbills, limpkins, and ibis. Since Callalisa Creek is shallow, sightings of dolphin and manatees are infrequent. But, once we get closer to the Indian River we have been known to see a few of these particular creatures.
In addition to Callalisa Creek, there are several other options for an excellent day of paddling in the local area. Your guide will choose an adventure based on the best wildlife viewing, water conditions, and the group’s personality.
About this paddle
This paddle requires no previous experience and is suitable for everyone. Please understand that manatees are in the area year-round, but the concentrations of them are highest during the winter months. During the spring, summer, and fall the animals are far fewer in number. Like all our tours, nothing is scripted, and we don’t have the ability to call animals out on demand. Sometimes (often times) we get to see an amazing assortment of Florida wildlife in their natural environment. However, this being nature, nothing is guaranteed.
What to bring, what’s provided
What’s provided: Kayak, personal floatation device (PFD), paddle, drinking water, and chemical lights.
What to bring: bug spray and sunscreen of your choosing, beverages (other than water (please note: no alcohol during the tour)), shoes and clothing you don’t mind getting wet.
3 1/2 Hour Tours Tuesday – Sunday 8 am – 11:30 am, or 1:30 pm – 5 pm