Secrets of the River

This series of ecotours is designed to explore the prehistoric and present-day ecology of area rivers.

Secrets of the St. Marks

An up and back, 7-mile round trip paddling adventure on the part of the St. Marks few ever get to see. Guided by CPI president Ryan Means. Ryan will share with you his natural and cultural history knowledge of this lovely wild stream course. All inclusive adventure. CPI will supply boats, paddles, PFD, and complimentary drinks. Proceeds go towards our efforts to preserve the biodiversity of the southeastern Coastal Plain. Details provided when you register.


Secrets of the Wacissa

An all-day paddling adventure with frequent natural history stops. This paddling adventure requires at least some paddling experience. We will start at Goose Pasture and paddle all the way to Nutall Rise, down the legendarily wild Slave Canal. Braided channels, rapids, swallets, fossils, and beautiful swamp wilderness…The $85 per person cost includes shuttle service, guide, boat/safety gear, and drinks. Proceeds go towards our efforts to preserve the biodiversity of the southeastern Coastal Plain through research and education.


Secrets of the Econfina

An all-day paddling adventure with frequent natural history stops. This one is not for the beginning paddler or the faint of heart. We will start at the US 98 bridge boat ramp and paddle all the way to Econfina River State Park boat ramp, down the wild and wonderful, seldom traveled Econfina River. We will paddle in parallel with coursing black water. We will score frequent views of sensational cypress. Any animal or plant will be observed, handled, and learned about. The $85 per person cost includes shuttle service, guide, boat/safety gear, and drinks. Proceeds go towards all our conservation efforts.


Moonrise on the Wakulla

A 4 hour lovely up and back moonlit paddle on the lower Wakulla River. The moon will rise halfway into our trip as we paddle/drift back to our starting point. We’ll talk nature, history, and the Cosmos, while we get to know each other on one of Florida’s most outstanding waterways.


Wakulla Weekday

Cool off in the dog days with Ryan on an out and back day paddling adventure down and back up the Wakulla from the Shadeville Road (Upper Bridge) boat launch. Join CPI president, Ryan Means, as we explore and discuss natural history and prehistory of this world class first magnitude spring ecosystem. Details when you register. All proceeds to preserving biodiversity of the SE Coastal Plain.


Custom Adventures

If you would like to request a custom private tour to anywhere of your choice, land or water, in north Florida, please contact Ryan (850-544-5661) or email CoastalPlainsAdventures@gmail.com. Cost is variable, depending on length, distance, gear needed, and number of people included in the group. Ryan is eager to be your guide.


Past Tours

Secrets of the Wacissa – a 6-hour paddle from Goose Pasture all the way to Nutall Rise, down the legendarily wild Slave Canal. Braided channels, rapids, swallets, fossils, and beautiful swamp wilderness…

Wakulla’s Mysterious Waters – a 5-hour canoe paddle down the Wakulla River. We explored hidden channels and had close encounters with manatees, turtles, and so much more!