The Fort Myers area is all about waterways with the broad Caloosahatchee River emptying out into Estero Bay along with thousands of miles of channels and navigable waterways making this a boater’s dream. One of the best ways to explore the area and its wildlife is by kayak, Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced kayaker, Crazy Woman Kayaks can set you up with everything you need.
Crazy Enough to Kayak?
Owner and founder, Sissel Robertson is the Crazy Women in question, but don’t worry – you are in the safest possible hands. She offers a free introductory lesson and provides not only top quality kayaks but also comfortable fitted lifejackets, dry bags, charts, and a few tips to get you on your way.
Sissel began her Crazy Woman Kayak enterprise in Thomson Falls, Montana. Although the scenery and kayaking opportunities are exceptional, she found the season short and the population small. She decided to do what most northern snowbirds do – she now migrates to Fort Myers for the winter season and pops back to manage her original business in Montana in the summer. However, her Fort Myers kayaks at Fish-Tale Marina on Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach remain open all year round.
The name “Crazy Woman” is a title Sissel claims she stole from the Montana Indians, but the only signs of her craziness are that she offers generous discounts for kids, her hours of operations are “most of the time” and dogs paddle (or ride!) free!
Oh yes, and your second hour of kayak rental is always free! How’s that for a crazy deal?
All You Need for Kayaking Around Fort Myers Beach
Speaking of prices, Crazy Woman Kayak Rentals start at $40 for the first hour and $50 for four hours (February 2017 prices). You can rent kayaks overnight, for a weekend or even for a whole week. As well as single kayaks she offers tandem kayaks and even stand-up paddleboards – another great way to explore these quiet waterways at one with nature. Prices are per person and include all equipment, sales tax and that all-important introductory lesson.
When it comes to what to wear for kayaking, Crazy Woman Sissel is right on the mark. She suggests you wear shoes that can get wet, sunscreen, hat, shorts, cover-ups and fast-drying clothing. And don’t forget to bring snacks, water, camera, fishing gear and that all-essential sense of humor.
Once you are fitted with your life jacket and are competent in the water you can choose you own route as you head out around the calm water of Estero Bay. Paddle quietly around the many small islands in Mound Key Archaeological State Park and enjoy your own wildlife safari as you encounter turtles, fish, herons, egrets, and other waterbirds. Pull up onto your own private sandy island beach or quiet cove and enjoy a well-earned rest and refreshments before continuing on.
There are so many unspoiled places to visit by kayak that few visitors ever get to see, but first stop has to be to see the Crazy Woman herself!