Hunt for fossils in the Peace River

By: Julie Landry Laviolette


Dig into the shallow waters of the Peace River and pan for shark’s teeth, fossilized bones and other treasures. It’s all part of the fun of canoeing the slow-moving waterway in the southwestern part of the Florida peninsula.

Rent canoes from Canoe Outpost-Peace River in Arcadia, which has been running canoe trips since 1969. You can go out for a couple of hours, do a half-day, full-day or even overnight camping trips.

Kids 12 and younger ride free in the middle, and novices to experienced paddlers are welcome.

If you’re camping, they’ll truck your stuff to your site, and pick it back up when you’re done. You can get everything from bottled water to camping gear at Canoe Outpost, and they fit a life vest to every paddler. They’ll give you a river map, fossil I.D. sheet and equipment to use, and even help you identify your found treasures when you get back to civilization.


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