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Apalachicola Airboat Excursions
There is no better way to experience the beauty of the Apalachicola Bay, River or Estuary system than an excursion aboard one of our Diamondback Airboats. Captain Cook is a 100% Franklin County Native having over 300 years of family heritage on our local waters; This assures a skill set and knowledge base that is unmatched by our competitors. Being USCG and Florida license holder assures he will provide your Family with a safe trip as well. What are you waiting for, book a trip with the Captain Cook you heard about today!
Captain Cook is a 5th generation Mariner born and raised in Apalachicola. He has been a lifelong commercial fisherman and outdoors enthusiast. He is an advocate of wildlife conservation and management efforts. In 2016 he retired from a career as an investigator with the local Sheriffs Office which has allowed him to dedicate himself 100 percent to our excursions.
A charming fishing town, maybe a little more Cape Cod than Deep South, Apalach offers terrific seafood, lovely waterfront parks, enchanting inns and the opportunity to glimpse the Florida Panhandle's oyster, timber and fishing history from ground level. Within easy range of Apalachicola, you will find miles of pristine beaches on St. George Island and, elsewhere, an endless supply of protected shallow bays, excellent fishing, and acres of national and state forests to explore. Combine all this with some of the finest seafood in the country and some of the nicest people anywhere, and your stay in Apalachicola is sure to be memorable.
Our area and tour.
APALACHICOLA NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE
Deep in the shady tupelo and cypress swamps of the floodplain, dark, rich water bleeds into the broader flow of a large alluvial river that makes its way to one of the most productive estuaries in the northern hemisphere of our planet. This gem of natural diversity that we call the Apalachicola River and Bay System rivals some the most remote places on earth for sheer sense of wilderness. Although the Reserve itself is a relatively small parcel, it is connected in a sprawling watershed that traverses three states and covers nearly 20,000 square miles. The upper reaches of the basin begin about 90 miles above Atlanta, where the Chattahoochee originates as a small mountain stream. Flowing south for 436 miles it meets the 350 mile long Flint River at the Florida state line. Below this point we call the river Apalachicola as it stretches 107 miles to the Gulf of Mexico
Florida’s Apalachicola reserve protects one of the most productive estuarine systems in the northern hemisphere. Its 246,000 acres span three barrier islands, the lower 52 miles of the Apalachicola River, adjoining uplands, and the Apalachicola Bay estuarine, riverine, and floodplain systems. The reserve is a major forage area for migratory birds and supports a local fishing industry worth up to $16 million annually.
The Apalachicola Bay produces 90 percent of Florida’s oysters.
Over 200,000 acres are included within the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Most of the Gators seen on our tours have names given to them by guest. Some of them- Alvin, Bo'. Crystal. Cecil and even a female named Jeff. (Blame some kids from Michigan for the Jeff thing.)
Our regular tour boat is powered by a 496 cubic inch 8.1 liter 550hp Levitator Engine.
The area is home to 308 species of birds, 186 species of fish, 57 species of mammals, and boasts the highest species density of amphibians and reptiles in all of North America.
An average adult male American alligator's weight and length is 790 lb and 13.1 ft,The largest recorded measured 19.2 ft.
Alligators generally mature at a length of 6 feet. The mating season is in late spring.
In summer, the female builds a nest of vegetation where the decomposition of the vegetation provides the heat needed to incubate the eggs. The sex of the offspring is determined by the temperature in the nest. Incubation temperatures of 86 °F or lower produce a clutch of females; those of 93 °F or higher produce entirely males.