Explore Tarpon Bay on your own or chase tailing redfish at low tide! Kayak down our marked Commodore Creek Trail in search of critters amongst the mangrove trees or swimming beneath your boat. Kayakers also have the option of paddling into the middle of Tarpon Bay in search of birds on the rookery islands or for manatees and dolphins swimming amongst the sea grasses. Kayak rentals are on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis from open until two hours before closing.
While enjoying beautiful scenery of Commodore Creek or Tarpon Bay, test your angling skills. Kayak fishing is a great way to find good fishing holes that are hard to reach. Tarpon Bay Explorers offers double and single kayaks. Canoes are also available upon request, though are not recommended due to lack of stability. Fishing equipment may be rented for an additional fee. Bait & fishing licenses can be purchased separately. Fishing licenses are required for those 16 years of ago or older and may be purchased ahead of time at MyFWC.com.
•No Swimming, snorkeling or getting off the kayak/canoe
•All of Tarpon Bay Explorers’ Equipment must stay within Tarpon Bay
•2 hour minimum, between 8am & Rentals stop 2 hours before closing
•If fishing, persons 16 years of age or older must purchase a Florida saltwater fishing license: MyFWC.com
Did You Know?
One of Florida’s premier game fish is called the tarpon. The first documented “Silver King,” as some call it, was caught on rod and reel in Tarpon Bay in 1888. A man by the name of William H. Wood from New York is credited with pioneering the sport of tarpon fishing. Wood took nearly a half hour to reel in a 5’9”, 93-pound tarpon and published his feat nationally. Tarpon can reach up to six feet in length and over 250 pounds in weight.