UTC Launches Hottest New Paddling Adventure on the Coast

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Choose Your Kayaking Adventure!

Amelia Island

amelia260b From wind-swept estuaries and driftwood-covered beaches, to still, blackwater creeks meandering through cypress swamps, the Amelia Island area is home to some of Northeast Florida’s most scenic waters.

Cumberland Island

cumberland260.bWild horses and miles of deserted, sugar-sand beaches are just a couple of the unique treasures which give Cumberland Island its beauty and charm. Kayaking to Cumberland adds an element of adventure to your visit.

Historic St.Marys

kayaking in st marys ga Historic waterfront buildings, salt marshes and a marina made for sunsets provide an ideal backdrop for leisurely paddles – and the perfect place to start or finish any kayak adventure. Dolphins and River Otters are regular visitors in this scenic, coastal harbor.


jax260bExperience Urban Kayaking on the St.Johns in the heart of The River City; visit the Jacksonville Zoo by kayak; paddle at the beach; or, explore marshes and protected harbors of the First Coast – all within minutes of Downtown Jacksonville.

A Great Place to Start Your Tour Planning

Let the Fun Begin

ACA Instruction

Up The Creek can teach you what you need to know in order to become a safe and competent kayaker at any level you desire. We offer customized programs designed to quickly help you reach any skill-level you desire or simply make you feel confident kayaking on the coast.

Guided Tours Daily



  • "Up The Creek Xpeditions is a five-diamond outdoor entertainment source! Cabin Bluff Lodge has discovered that they are the best in outdoor kayaking adventures. Their trips are catered to the individual groups to ensure that they are educated, entertained and have fun along the way. Jennifer and Pete have put together a great operation with the best in equipment, a very qualified staff and they ensure that safety is foremost. They listen when you have special requests and needs, ensuring that those requirements are surpassed! If coastal Georgia is in your future plans, their trips are a great way to see it."
    Toby Mohrman, Cabin Bluff Marine Operations
  • My husband and I went kayaking with them last week and had a great time. We live up in St Marys. We did Lofton Creek (Yulee, FL- only about 20 minutes away) which is a very easy and relaxing paddle. Jen and Pete are just all around great people! We had a good time just getting to know them as well. Hope to return soon to do the Cumberland Island trip!
  • “Great kayaking adventure” We had a great time on our private kayak ride around the harbor in St. Mary's. We were met (without having to put down a deposit) site unscene by the owner's as the docks with our kayak. They told us to stay out as long as wanted, gave us detailed maps, great directions, and a very warm personality. My girlfriend had never been kayaking before so she was a bit nervous, but had a great time in a very safe kayak. We were able to see otters, plenty of birds, and a beautiful sunset. When we were finished we just left our kayak on the shore and sent the owners a text. What a great time!
  • “Best Paddling Adventure Group EVER!” My boyfriend and I recently went on a trip to Cumberland Island, and decided to kayak to and from the island instead of taking the ferry. As neither of us had ever paddled in that area before, we were a bit hesitant at first, but after speaking with Jen we were sold. We rented two single kayaks for 5 days, and the service that was provided with them was absolutely amazing! Jen and Pete were there to answer any question along the way, gave amazing advice on tide times, and went out of their way to make sure our trip was perfect. When Pete dropped us off at our launch point, he even took pictures of us paddling away, which he later sent to us! It was such an amazing keepsake of the trip, and pictures we are sure to have forever. We would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone, and hope to get back down to Georgia soon so we can go on another expedition with Up the Creek! They are sincerely the absolute best.
    Christine A.

Family Owned and Family Operated for Nearly 2 Decades

Jennifer and Pete Koerner opened Up The Creek Xpeditions in 1997 because they wanted to share the fun and joy of kayaking with as many people as possible. Kayaking is one of those things that may seem more difficult than it is. But Jennifer and Pete want to help people push aside those misconceptions and discover an empowering and enlightening new world available to those who paddle. One of the reasons we love kayaking so much, is that it allows us to get closer to nature than almost any other form of recreation. We make kayaking a fun, easy and safe experience for anyone wants to give it a try. We promise you’ll have a blast.

At Up The Creek, nothing is more important than your experience. For nearly two-decades, we’ve provided our guests with unparalleled customer service and attention to detail in order to create the best possible paddling experience. Our staff of professional guides and instructors is comprised of some of the most experienced paddlers in the region – with credentials that are unmatched in the industry. We love exploring wild and scenic places; and we love sharing our passion for kayaking. With some of the most interesting waterways and wildlife in North America, our highly-personalized service and tailor-made adventures ensure your experience will be unforgettable from beginning to end. Our company has built its reputation on exceptional quality, extensive experience, high safety standards, personalized, friendly service, and a strong commitment to the culture, history and natural environment of each of the areas in which we paddle. It is our goal to have a positive impact on everyone we paddle with.

Amelia Island Kayak KidsPapa Pete welcomes our third generation to our family paddling company. Our son, Jacob, has been paddling since he was 6-years-old and, following in his dad’s footsteps, our sweet grandson Madyx has had his first big kayak adventure (at 2-years-old) and he’s hooked. He also loves Stand-up Paddle Boarding and looks great in the Big Canoes!

We feel blessed to be sharing our passion for the outdoors and paddling with our guests. Our family would love to take you and yours paddling and show you not only why we love to paddle, but what sets us apart from the rest. These days, with so many outfitters to choose from, it’s important to know the difference.

Adventure feeds the Soul. Rejuvenate and replenish your soul with a Kayaking Adventure on Florida’s First Coast — or by Kayaking Georgia’s Golden Isles.