Walk-ins welcome 8 AM - 2 PM
Please note our new phone number 352-777-1814
At Capt. Mike's Crystal River Kayak Rentals 352-777-1814 we have the best Kayaks and value on Kings Bay in the quaint little town of Crystal River, Florida. No waiting, No shuttles to busy public launches, private on the water parking, private launch, best equipment, closest to Three Sisters Springs (Less than 1 mile).
All of our kayaks for rentals average $1,450.00 retail.
We use the Delta 12.10, the most durable, comfortable, adjustable, and tracking kayak in it's class or the rental class. These kayaks are simply the best the rental boats on the bay.
We are a recreational rental facility that stresses value as well as affordability, fitting you to the best possible kayak in the area of Crystal River, Florida at the best price. Since we are a rental facility ONLY we do not sell kayaks. This keeps our inventory prices low so we can provide you with the best possible rental kayaks at the very best price.
We now have Tandem Kayaks for rent
We offer guided tours by John Norris, Florida Master Naturalist. Read Bio.
PFD, Skagit Paddles, High Back Seats, and Bilge Pumps.
Where we meet
We ARE the closest PRIVATE launch site to 3 Sisters Springs. We are conveniently located on the water at Pete's Pier, 1 Southwest 1st Place in Crystal River, FL 34429. No shuttle, no time wasted loading and unloading and following a trailer to an extremely busy launch site.
Since our area is home to the largest concentration of manatees in all of Florida or the world for that matter, we will give you a map pointing to the areas to paddle to see these magnificent creatures. Kayaking with manatees can be an exhilarating experience. Manatees average about 800 - 1200 Lbs with some weighing in at over 3000 lbs. Not to worry about their size though, as they are the most gentle and loving creatures on the planet who will readily approach your kayak. Read some interesting articles about kayaking, manatees and other wildlife, and the Crystal River.
In winter there are upwards of 400 manatees (an endangered species) in the Crystal River Kings Bay springs system. Along the way on your adventure you may also see eagles, osprey, dolphins, and in winter some of the largest snook you will ever see. Sorry, no fishing. This area is for manatees only.
For Lodging in our area we recommendthe Holiday Inn Express, located near our shop in Crystal River.
Sooo what are you waiting for. Whether it be a Day-Cation or Vacation, Citrus County has has it all from affordable hotel rates to reasonable prices to Swim with Manatees Tours, Airboat Rides, Boat rentals, Fishing, Diving, Scalloping, Hiking, Birding, or Horseback riding as well as Kayaking.
Things to do
We have the most highly rated State Park in all of Florida, The Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park. For other "Things to do in the State of Florida", visit our new things to do page.
Don't know how to kayak?
Okay, back to kayaking. Before we launch your kayak you will be given a short demonstration on adjusting your seat and foot pedals to fit your individual size as well as proper use of your paddle. Personal Flotation Devices that are adjustable to most sizes are provided. You will be given an easy readable map of where to see and find manatees nearest to your entry point. We rent kayaks from 8 AM - 12 Pm / 7 days a week, year around. Kayaks need to be returned by 3 PM. Should you return earlier, there are covered pavilions with picnic tables to rest until your boat tender returns. If you should be in need of a restroom, your on water map will indicate different places on where to go on your short route to see manatees.
Please bring layered clothing and a dry bag to put items you do not want to get wet. Maybe an extra pair of socks in a dry bag for after you return. Your kayak is not going to tip over, but as with any water excursion there is a possibility of moisture.
OUR RATE: $10 per hour (minimum 3 hours) with a maximum of $40. If you can find a better price with the quality and comfortability provided on my rentals, I will match it. We accept all major credit cards. Kayaks cannot exceed limits of 300 lbs.
You will need to sign a waiver and rental damage agreementbefore embarking. You must be back by 3:00 pm. Hourly rates of $30/hour are applicable if you return later. If we have to come to you on the water for return of boat the rate is $60 + $30 per hour per boat.