Have Your Own Boat?

Personal Canoes, Kayaks, Paddleboards

Would you like us to transport your personal canoe or kayak or paddleboard so you can participate on a Peace Paddle? We do shuttles, check out the info below. Canoe Outpost is a full service outfitter, we carry the vessel/s to the bus or van, transport them, wash them and help load ’em post trip. We do not offer an end of day shuttle service. We do all our transporting in the mornings and wait for folks to paddle back to their vehicles (either Gardner or Arcadia).

Notice: We are having a few issues with the new fishing kayaks. They are heavier and wider than our trailers allow and heavier than our guys can carry. You can drop it at the put-in yourself and still use our services i.e. pull out, ride the bus, restrooms etc. You will have to help carry it up the beach and/or the dock.

Half or Full Day Run

$45.00

per canoe/kayak (same price as to rent)
(same price as to rent)

Oak Hill (5 mile), Brownville (8 mile) or Gardner (12 mile)

If with a group that qualifies for the group discount, price would be the discount price.If with a group that qualifies for the group discount, price would be the discount price.

Standard Overnight Runs

$50.00

per canoe/kayak

Brownville (8 mile), Gardner (12 mile) Gardner to Gardner, or Zolfo Springs (19.5 mile or 31.5 mile)

This is price is not for those camping at Oak Hill on busy and holiday weekends.

(Also see Holiday Overnight Pricing towards bottom of page).

Other Overnight Runs

Wauchula

$55.00

each for the first 2 canoes or kayaks


$35.00

for each additional vessel

Bowling Green

$60.00

each for the first 2 canoes or kayaks


$40.00

for each additional vessel

Fort Meade

$65.00

each for the first 2 canoes or kayaks


$45.00

for each additional vessel

Homeland

$70.00

each for the first 2 canoes or kayaks


$50.00

for each additional vessel

Bartow

$75.00

each for the first 2 canoes or kayaks


$55.00

for each additional vessel

If you do not want to pay for Canoe Outpost-Peace River services and use of facilities for your own canoe/kayak, please see the notes at the bottom of the page for public access information.

Price does not include:
  • 7.5% sales tax
  • Use of Outpost lifejackets, boat cushions, paddles, or camping gear. We know.some of our pricing is the same as rental but we don’t always get our paddle gear back. Some folks think they bought it instead of renting it.
  • You must supply your own paddling and camping equipment or you can rent ours.
  • Padding the bars of the trailer (our trailers only have metal bars). Bring supplies to pad the bars yourself or we can pad the bars for you for a $10 plus tax fee for each slot needed. Plastic Rec boats usually don’t need the padding service. But, if you’re picky about how your boat looks, better get the bars padded. We don’t guarantee the condition of your vessel on our trailers.
Price does include:
  • Up to 3 days parking, transportation of you, your gear, and vessel, river map, fossil information sheets, carrying the vessel to and from the water, washing your vessel out at the end of the trip if desired, help in loading vessel, garbage disposal, and use of facilities.
  • Price for overnight runs includes 3 days parking, after 3rd day add $5.00 per day.
Parking Only at Canoe Outpost-Peace River/Gardner

Parking price at Gardner is $30.00 per vehicle if the group is a tax-exempt group such as Scouts or a church with proof of organization membership and with prior approval from the Arcadia office. You stop at the public boat ramp and walk over to the Outpost to retrieve your vehicle, then drive over to the boat ramp to load your vessels and gear.  There is no docking or use of facilities at the Gardner Outpost. One person per paid for vehicle can ride the bus back to Zolfo Springs if there is room on the bus or a bus is available (for put-in). Most people use two vehicles, park one in Gardner and use one to drive back to Zolfo Springs. Parking in Gardner varies with the season. Parking not available on some holiday weekends. “Park only” available to select tax-exempt groups and at the discretion of Outpost staff. Park only is available only at Gardner.

We no longer can accommodate folks who drop their gear/vessels at the put-in. There will no longer be a “park only” feature available for those with their own canoes/kayaks unless it is an approved civic, school, religious, or scout group. If you want to use our facilities, we must transport your boat/s (Put it on our trailer). We have had too many problems with those with their own canoes/kayaks not following our guidelines. If you show up to park your vehicle with an empty trailer, you will need to go to the public boat ramp to park. Unauthorized or unapproved trailers are not allowed at Gardner or Arcadia take-outs.

The following is from our (FAQ)
+QUESTION: “I have my own vessel: why can’t I use your facilities for free, why won’t you transport my boat for free, why can’t I camp on your property for free, why can’t I ride your bus for free, or why can’t I park for free?”
ANSWER: There’s no such thing as a free ride. Sorry gang, this is how we make our living. Insurance, payroll, taxes, gas, insurance, electricity, water, vehicle upkeep, insurance, tires, road maintenance, insurance, lawn care etc. all cost money. If you don’t want to pay, there’s plenty of public boat ramps that you can use for free. Canoe Outpost is a privately owned, for profit facility. For public boat ramp locations go to our map page or check out DEP’s pages about the Paddle Trails.
+QUESTION: Can you shuttle me back to my vehicle at the end of the day?
ANSWER: No, we do all our transportation at the beginning of the day and paddlers come back to us. Our drivers only work in the mornings, dropping folks off. Dock staff is needed at the different take-outs later in the day to assist the customers coming back in.

If you are coming paddling with a large group that is going for a group discount, your price is the same as the rental vessels, you pay the same price they do. Your boat can count in the canoe count for the discount. Therefore, if the group has 10 canoes reserved for rent and you decide you don’t want to rent and bring your own but pay separately, then the entire group loses their group discount because they couldn’t meet the minimum rental requirement. If you bring your vessel and it is in the total of the 10 rental vessels required, you pay the discount price to the leader.

If you are part of a large group but bringing your own canoe/kayak and you paid for your kids or friends to paddle a rental canoe/kayak and you’re doing your own transport and not paying us, you are not a customer of Canoe Outpost-Peace River. You didn’t pay for docking or transportation or didn’t or shouldn’t have signed our release. If your friends are riding in a vehicle with you, drop them off and we’ll take care of them, they are our customers (just like dropping them off at the airport). The folks in our canoes/kayaks are our customers, it is our responsibility to take care of them. You still need to go to the put-in and take-out at the public launches. Please don’t pull into our take-out and switch people around from the rental to the personal or let non-customers out to “ride” with someone. If your spouse, kids, or friends paddled down the river with you, they need to stay in your boat and go on to the public ramps, they did not sign our release and are not our customer. The insurance company mandates that only our customers can use our facilities.

If you don’t want to use our services but plan on following the bus to the put-in please do not pull into our parking lots. You can park across the road in the county right-of-way in Arcadia and wait in your vehicles or if at Gardner, launch at the public boat ramp. Sorry, but you cannot follow the bus into Oak Hill or Gardner and launch. Those locations are on private property. Remember, you’re not a customer. You, your spouse, kids, or friends can’t ride our bus, use our restrooms, get maps, borrow sifters, or borrow our lifejackets and if they are riding in your vessels, they need to ride with you in your vehicle. They aren’t our customers either.

And…please don’t pull up to our private take-outs in Gardner or Arcadia and plead ignorance that you didn’t know you couldn’t take out on our private dock or beach. Please don’t stop and picnic or camp at Oak Hill with your group because you didn’t know it was private. Thanks.