The Imperial River at Bonita Springs is a popular destination especially for people who love canoeing and kayaking. There are a lot of boat ramps available in the area and one of the most favorite is the Imperial River Boat Ramp located near the South Tamiami Trail which is the closest boat ramp for residents and guests located in Naples.
There are a lot of kayak rentals available in the area with kayaking tours available every Wednesday to Sunday from 10 in the morning up to 5 in the afternoon. The cost of single kayak is $25 while double kayak is priced at $40. The best part of the kayak rental services is that requesting for a tour guide does not incur additional cost so if you are new in the place and want to hire a tour guide, you do not need to worry for additional payment since tour guide services are for free.
Kayaking through the Imperial River does not only provide you a chance to relax from the hustle and bustle of the city but you can also enjoy great sceneries while leisurely paddling your way across the beautiful river. You might see a lot of fishes, alligators, birds, and turtles on the way. With a tour guide, your trip will be more fun and educating as well since the tour guides can provide you interesting information about the river, its history, and other interesting facts about specific spots in the river.
Aside from the boat ramps, the Imperial River Boat Ramp facility also features a fishing pier, which is just walking distance through the small wooden path walk and restrooms.
One of the tours offering kayaks for rents in the area is the Calusa Ghost Tours. They have a beautiful cottage along the Riverside Park. Residents can rent kayaks and paddle through the river on their own or they can request a tour guide to give them a tour, which usually last for 2 hours.
According to some people who already paddled and explored the river, the Imperial River is very beautiful and peaceful offering scenic views and relaxing experience for paddlers. Aside from fishes, turtles, and birds, paddlers will also see a lot of thick canopy of trees, cypress knees, bamboo trees on the river’s edge, bats under the bridge, and lush greeneries.
Soon, visitors and kayakers will also enjoy other great facilities at the Imperial River Boat Ramp with its observation platform with views of the eagle’s nest, boat slips, boardwalks, and river frontage. This is just one of the wonderful things you can do while living in Naples, Florida.