Pensacola is home to bays, bayous, and rivers, creating the perfect kayaking paradise. So, where are the best places to kayak in Pensacola?
We have compiled a list of places you can launch your kayak. Use this page to discover kayak launches, view maps, and learn more about kayaking in Pensacola.
What If I Don’t Have a Kayak?
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Where to Kayak in Perdido Key
Southwest Pensacola and Perdido Key has many nice areas to kayak. From Big Lagoon to the Perdido River there are many diverse ecosystems to explore.
- Big Lagoon State Park – SW Pensacola / Perdido area – This state park located just outside of Pensacola has a nice kayak launch. This is a favorite. You’ll see many birds in this area. The park also rents kayaks.
- Perdido Key Boat Launch – SW Pensacola
- Johnson Beach – Perdido Key
- Galvez Landing – Perdido Key
- River Road Kayak Launch – Perdido Key
- White Island – SW Pensacola – Bayou Granda or Davenport Bayou
- Linear Park – SW Pensacola – Bayou Grande
- Navy Point – SW Pensacola – Bayou Grande
- Gibb’s Point – SW Pensacola – Bayou Grande
- Dickson Park – SW Pensacola – Bayou Grande
Where to Kayak in Northwest Pensacola
- Fillingim Landing (Perdido River)
- The Pipes (Perdido River)
- Ruby’s Fish Camp – Florida/Alabama Line – (Perdido River)
- Wilson B. Robertson Boat and Kayak Launch
Where to Kayaking in Northeast Pensacola
- Simpson River – NE Pensacola / Pace
- Swamphouse Marina – NE Pensacola (Escambia River)
- Thompson Bayou at UWF – NE Pensacola
Where to Kayak in South Pensacola
- Bruce Beach – located in downtown Pensacola
- Bayview Park – SE Pensacola – Located on Bayou Texar
- Bayou Texar – SE Pensacola – Located on Bayou Texar – Public boat launch
- 17th Avenue Boat Launch – SE Pensacola – Pensacola Bay/Bayou Texar
Where to Kayak in Gulf Breeze
- Woodland Park – Gulf Breeze
- Shoreline Park – Gulf Breeze
- Deadman’s Island – Gulf Breeze
Where to Kayak in Milton and Bagdad
Blackwater River Kayak Launch
- Deaton Bridge Road / Blackwater River State Park (East of Milton/Pensacola)
- Bryant Bridge Road
- Blackwater River [external map]
- Carpenter Park – Milton
- Old River Kayak Launch – Milton
- Oyster Pile Boat Launch
- Misty Water Park – Mary Esther
Other River Maps
- Coldwater Creek [external map]
- Econfina Creek Canoe Trail [external map – Panama city Area]
- Shoal River [external map – Crestview area]
- Juniper Creek [external map – Milton area]
Northwest Florida Kayaking Articles:
Great article. There is an abundance of rivers in the panhandle and all of northwest florida. The awesome beaches here often seem to override the natural beauty just north of the coast. Definitely worth the effort to venture north and enjoy..
Thanks Kevin! There are so many beautiful areas to explore in northwest Florida.