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Canoe or Kayak The Blackwater River

Photo: The Original Blackwater Canoe Rental

The Blackwater, or the original Oka-lusa (water black) in the Muscogee language, is actually not black, but a transparent golden brown when reflected against the white sandbars.


It’s the perfect place for an outdoor adventure beyond the Gulf beaches. If you are looking for an outdoor adventure for a few people or a larger group, don’t forget about the treasure of exploring, canoeing, or kayaking the Blackwater River.

It’s just a short drive from Pensacola and according to The Original Blackwater Canoe Rental, “the Blackwater River is the ONLY pristine sand river left in the United States. It is so unique that the State of Florida purchased and designated it as a State Forest.”

Blackwater Canoe Rental offers a complete round-trip service. They will meet you at the end point of the river trip, park you, and transport you upstream to the launch point.

Toward the end of your trip, you will encounter Blackwater State Park. It offers large pavilions, restrooms, and outdoor showers. You will end your trip back where your car is parked. Simply beach your canoe, tube, or kayak.

They also offer special rates for church groups, scout troops, military, first responders, and other organizations. It’s a great place for business, squadron, and team-building events looking to combine a river trip as well as a cookout or picnic.

According to the Florida State Parks, “Most of the stream flows through undeveloped lands of the Blackwater State Forest and Blackwater River State Park, core areas of the largest contiguous longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem remaining in the world, one described as being rarer than a tropical rainforest.”

For more information on rentals or planning your stay, check out The Original Blackwater Canoe Rental and the Florida State Parks website on The Blackwater River State Park.