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Kick off your shoes and wade awhile

Kick off your shoes and wade awhile

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Paddle into nature

Slow down from the noise of everyday life and enjoy the simple beauty of Lake Santa Fe in Alachua County, Florida. DJ’s Kayak Rentals equips you with the right gear to fit your adventure. Whether you’re a first-time kayaker or a seasoned paddler, we’ll provide everything you need to get out and enjoy the water.


Single Kayaks$30

Blaze your own trail

Fishing Kayaks$40

Enjoy a fishing expedition

Tandem Kayaks$50

Take a friend on the lake


Das King$40

11ft of paddling bliss


11.5ft of floating fun

$10 discount for seniors, veterans, and UF/Santa Fe Students on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Group discounts are available everyday.

Price includes all-day self-guided kayak rental, paddles, vest, and kayak shuttle service to the launch. Fishing equipment is not offered at the rental shop. Kayak drop-off is also available upon request for a service charge.

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A Natural Gem in North Central Florida

One of the largest lakes in North Florida, Lake Santa Fe is a 5,850-acre spring-fed lake in northeastern Alachua County, Florida. Whether you live on Lake Santa Fe or visit it regularly, you’ll surely appreciate the natural beauty of the lake ecosystem.

Excellent Fishing
Natural Vegetation
Abundant Wildlife
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What to Expect

Our top-of-the-line, sit-on-top kayaks are equipped with comfortable seats that provide great support for your paddling journey. The supremely stable design of our rentals allows you to move freely, access your cooler or other equipment, and even take a dip in the lake! Rentals can be made by reservation or walk-in. Once you’ve checked in, you and your party’s kayaks will be shuttled to a nearby drop off-ramp complete with parking and a nearby restroom. We’ll help you put-in and get situated, then all you need to do is relax and enjoy your rentals. Simply call us when you’re done to come and pick them up and you can be on your way right from the boat ramp.

Meet DJ

Spend any amount of time with Dave Jones (DJ) and it’s clear that he is a true man of passion. Originally from Indiana, Dave moved to Florida to pursue what he calls a “working vacation”. Dave’s love of the outdoors and North Florida’s natural beauty would ultimately lead to his zeal for all things paddling but, upon moving to Melrose, Florida he quickly realized a major gap in the local market. Melrose lays claim to one of the most beautiful lakes in the state but offers no way for people to get out and experience it without their own watercraft. As such, Dave decided to open DJ’s Kayak Rentals to help others experience the beauty and serenity of Lake Santa Fe for themselves; whether they are a paddling enthusiast like himself or simply want to try something new.