Guided Eco-Tours on St. Joseph Bay





Experienced Guides

Our guides are experts in their field. Debbie is a Florida Master Naturalist with extensive knowledge of the marine life in St. Joseph Bay. Dan is the "Pied Piper" with children and well-versed in the history and lore of the area. No matter who guides your outing, the experience will be enriched for the whole group for years to follow.



Guided Eco-Tours

The whole family will enjoy getting back to nature in the one spot in the world that people have not yet impacted. That is just how you'll feel as our experienced guides lead you by kayak and point out the treasures of St. Joe Bay and it's history. This is not a boring lecture tour, but a hands-on, touch-and-feel learning experience. If you are a first-time kayaker and wish to have the reassurance of a guide, or a nature lover who enjoys a guided tour, this is the outing for you.



Guided Snorkeling Trips

The warm summer waters of St. Joe Bay will invite you to explore their shallow depths. Why not let our guides show you up close the many live shells in their natural habitat. Schools of mullet will surround you while sea horses conceal themselves on the grassy bottom. You may even surprise a stingray over the sandy bottoms, or pry a pen shell from its tight grip in the soil. The Bay is everchanging and every venture out will bring a new wonder to your eyes.


Guided Scallop Fishing Trips

St. Joe Bay is famous for its rich beds of this tasty bi-valve, but the scallop population has continued to decline in recent years, and restoration measures are underway by FWC to replenish the fishery.

Last year, the harvest season was shortened to August 22 through September 5 and the bag limit was reduced to 40 scallops per person. On 9/20/2017, the FWC announced that the Gulf County bay scallop season will open to harvest on September 23. The 2017 season was postponed earlier this year due to a naturally occurring algae bloom (Pseudo-nitzschia) in St. Joseph Bay that affects shellfish. Recent samples have indicated that the scallops in St. Joseph Bay are safe for human consumption and meet FDA requirements for opening harvest in the bay. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will continue testing of the bay. The 2017 season will be open for 16 days, with the last day of harvest being October 8 and closing October 9. This season opening includes all state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County through the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County. .

Happy Ours can equip your party with all the equipment you need to harvest scallops except the fishing license which you can purchase on-line at http://www.myfwc.com/license/recreational/saltwater-fishing/ or at a local bait and tackle store. We are happy to show first-timers how to shuck these tasty morsels but you will need a spoon, gloves, container and ice to clean your catch.

Visit our Rates page for scalloping equipment available for rent.