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Explore the Wacissa River by Airboat for Outdoor Fun

By Jefferson County Economic Developement
Posted: April 30, 2019

Just a short, 20-minute drive from Monticello, you will find outdoor fun for the adventurous and the less-adventurous. For a unique and memorable experience, explore the Wacissa River by airboat. Family-fun and eco-tours with 5 Rivers Adventures through the Wacissa and nearby waterways are an exciting way to explore the scenic views and local history of Jefferson County.

5 Rivers Adventures in Wacissa

In fact, with canopies of trees overhead and wildlife all around, this tour isn’t just for the adventure-seeker. While visitors have spotted a 7-foot, native Florida alligator sunbathing close enough for a glamour-shot, other native Florida wildlife observed along the tour include blue herons, large turtles, and even the bald eagle. Eco-tours on the river last just over an hour and cover nearly seven miles. Owner of 5 Rivers Adventures and guide, Captain Bradley Cooley, narrates the history of the region including stories of the indigenous people who long ago inhabited Wacissa. In addition to airboat tours, travelers can schedule a frog gigging excursion (you’ll want to google that) and inshore fishing trips. Whether a photographer, history enthusiast, thrill-seeker, or simply a lover of outdoor activities, you’re sure to enjoy this unique experience.

Preparing to Explore the Wacissa River

Airboat eco-tours exploring the Wacissa River are a year-round outdoor activity in Jefferson County. You’ll find that the weather is pleasant during the spring and fall months. You’ll likely want to dress in layers for winter tours. If you visit during the summer, pack plenty of sunscreen and insect repellant.

Where to Stay in Monticello

Are you hoping to find a place to stay in the area? Monticello is home to delightful bed and breakfasts that are certain to make you feel at home. Guest favorites include The Cottage Bed & Breakfast, the Avera-Clarke House, and the 1872 John Denham House. The nearby Daffodale House is another highly-rated bed and breakfast which hosts an afternoon tea. For more of the serene Wacissa River view, book a stay at the Wacissa River House. Built by Captain Cooley, the three-bedroom two-story cabin is outfitted with a dock and screen house overlooking the River.

To book a tour with 5 Rivers Adventures, visit their website at or call 850-544-2797.