Lofton Creek is the most popular kayak trip in the Amelia Island area. Located in Yulee, Florida – just minutes off the island on SR200 – Lofton Creek is a calm, black water creek with beautiful scenery and abundant plant and wildlife. Several species of woodpeckers live here as well as hawks, owls and dozens of other interesting bird species. Additionally, Lofton Creek is full of turtles; and we even see baby alligators occasionally on our morning paddles. The current is mild on Lofton Creek and it’s the only kayak trip on Amelia Island that provides some shade for paddlers on hot days. Kayaking on Lofton Creek is fun and relaxing and suited for all ages and experience levels. If you’ve never been kayaking before – or just never kayaked in this area before – Lofton Creek is the trip for you. This is also the only kayak trip in the area suitable for small children.
Amelia Island Lighthouse on Egans Creek
Egans Creek is a salt marsh paddle and the only truly public paddle that is entirely on Amelia Island. Launching from the Dee Dee Bartels North End boat ramp on Amelia Island, this kayak adventure continues up the Amelia River and into Egans Creek where paddlers will enjoy stunning views from a unique perspective. Coastal bird life is abundant in this estuary and the lighthouse, homes and sailboats along the creek provide interesting scenery and a great backdrop for a day on the water. On breezy days, parts of this paddle can become a bit bumpy; and we move this trip to Lofton Creek if the wind is forecast to be 15-mph or higher. Egans Creek and Cumberland Island kayak trips are based on tides and aren’t always available.