Experience WILD Florida @ the Upper Econ River – Oviedo

(5 customer reviews)


Little Big Econ Canoe Launch
305 Willingham Rd.
Oviedo, FL 32766

Snow Hill Bridge
2000 Snow Hill Rd.
Chuluota, FL 32766

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The Econ River flows through Osceola, Orange, and Seminole counties in Central Florida, just east of the Orlando Metropolitan Area (east of State Road 417). It is a designated Outstanding Florida Waters. It’s full name, Econlockhatchee, is said to be a Muscogee name meaning “earth-mound stream”… which is fitting because there are white sugar sand burms and embankments all over this river, making it look quite different than most in Florida. It is COMPLETELY wild out here… there will be no signs of civilization between the launch and take-out spots… other than perhaps some other humans playing on the river. Wildlife you may encounter include numerous wading birds and birds of prey, lots of fish, possible deer and otters, and alligators.

This river does not get nearly enough credit, and is still a bit of a secret spot. It gets pretty low in the dry season, so the route paddled may need to be adjusted depending on season. 


The put-in is at Little Big Econ Canoe Launch. You’ll want to prepare for a bit of a hike to the water from the parking lot. The lot does get crowded sometimes on the weekends, so I recommend choosing a weekday for your paddle if possible, as the parking lot is small. If you’re heading out to try this stretch on your own or with friends, you’ll want to arrange a shuttle (a way to get back to your car at the put-in from the take-out with your paddlecraft).

This is a down-river, one-way trip, making it a bit more like a lazy river ride than an open ocean paddle… just steer your craft and go with the flow! Paddle down the narrow burm-lined river, making sure to check out all the cool fish below in the shallow amber-tinged tanic water as you keep your eyes on the skies for birds of prey that frequent this area like hawks, ospreys, and eagles! There’s not many places in Central Florida left where you can feel this far away from development and the hustle and bustle of the city and the theme parks.

Alligators are plentiful on this river, and add to the feeling of true wilderness… despite their fearsome appearance and the bad press they get, alligators are really nothing to worry about… attacks are statistically very very rare. Keep your eyes peeled for all the other cool wildlife often sighted on this river, including otters, deer, wild pigs, raccoons, and many varieties of birds and fish.

You’ll drift/paddle yourself a meandering 8.5 miles before finally arriving at the take-out point, where, if you’re on a tour with me, we will have transportation arranged to bring you back to your vehicles at the put-in.

You’ll be back at your cars by around around 3-4 hours after you hit the water, at which point you can go enjoy the area by-foot, or head out and explore the nearby towns of Oviedo and Geneva!

If you come out on a tour with me, I’ll be snapping photos all along the way and will make sure to send them to you after the tour! If you’re heading out on your own, I HIGHLY recommend bringing a camera!

Paddlers trying this run should have some experience. Inflatable kayaks are not recommended on this river. Participants must know how to swim and must wear their provided life-jacket throughout the tour.


Put-in/Starting Point (season dependent)
Little Big Econ Canoe Launch
305 Willingham Rd.
Oviedo, FL 32766


Take-out/Ending Point (season dependent)
2000 Snow Hill Rd.
Chuluota, FL 32766


Approximate distance typically traveled 
8.5 miles



– comfortable outdoor clothing
– a change of clothing and/or towel
– sunscreen
– water and/or other beverage of choice
– a camera of some sort
– an adventurous attitude



Want to paddle it yourself? Awesome! Click here to open the route, with they ability to pinpoint your GPS location, in your phone’s web browser and use it to navigate on the water!

Want me as a guide and a few of my Pakayaks as rental boats for this adventure? Simply add the tour to your cart, checkout, and I’ll contact you within 24 hours to get your preferred tour day and time, and any other information I may need from you. You’ll also be able to ask any questions you may have at this time. If you’d like, feel free to call before booking or after booking instead of waiting for me to contact you.

Private 2 person tours only at this time. Pakayaks are sit-inside touring style kayaks (not suitable for all sizes and experience levels)

A 14ft sit-in touring style kayaks, the Pakayak Bluefin 14 (Suitable for paddlers with some experience. Maximum suggested height 6ft. Maximum suggested weight 250lbs).

5 reviews for Experience WILD Florida @ the Upper Econ River – Oviedo

  1. Rebecca

    Had a great time today taking a guided kayak tour on the Econlockhatchee river in central Florida. Matthew of Real Florida.Guide knew this section of the river well and was attentive to everyone and catered to each person’s individual skill levels. Very professional and also lots of fun. The name of this company is very accurate. If you want to see “real Florida” just outside the theme parks and attractions, I’d highly recommend doing a tour with this company! We even saw gators, Bald eagles, hawks, songbirds, and lots of other wildlife!

  2. Killian

    Had a Blast in today! Mathew was a great guide, really knew the route he took us on. He was very friendly and easy going. Being a native Floridan it was great seeing people like Mathew of Real Florida.Guides show off the “real Florida.” Would highly recommend a tour with this guide and company.

  3. Samantha

    Real Florida Guide was a very knowledgeable guide through the Econ. I had a blast! I also felt safer knowing someone there knew their way through, and knew what to do if something happened.
    Will definitely be doing it again! I highly recommend checking out a paddle with him!

  4. Jesenko Plecic

    Such an adventure. Matt is an awesome guide. Very knowledgeable and entertaining. True Master of his trade. Water was very high and current strong. He bailed us out of some downed trees and introduced us to wild life. Will definitely 💯 do this again.

  5. Jesenko

    Matt is an amazing guide. He tought my wife and I a lot about the river, wildlife and history of the area. Also the river was very high and fast. Lots of downed trees turned it into an adventure. Matt bailed us out of few tight spots and even pulled us over a done log. Amazing 👏 tour and guide fur sure. 14 foot kayaks are very cool too.

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