Nestled amidst the serene landscapes of Florida lies a hidden gem for fossil enthusiasts and adventurers alike—the Peace River! This winding waterway offers tranquility and holds a treasure trove of ancient relics within its depths! Peace River Charters has joined forces with Fossil Recovery Exploration, inviting curious minds to hop aboard an airboat or swamp buggy for a fun and exciting fossil hunt. 

What Is a Fossil?

While we may typically consider a fossil to be bones or teeth from prehistoric creatures, the term fossil covers many ancient artifacts. At its root, a fossil is understood as anything more than a few thousand years old that shows physical evidence of former life. This may include fossilized remains, impressions, and molds of an organism’s physical form or marks created in sediment. 

Why Are Fossils in the Peace River?

One of the main factors contributing to the abundance of fossils in the Peace River is its geological history. Over millennia, the river has carved through sedimentary rock layers, exposing fossils once buried deep underground. The gentle flow of the river and occasional floods further aid in uncovering these hidden treasures, gradually revealing a timeline of ancient life forms.

What Type of Fossils Are in the Peace River?

The Peace River is known for its rich fossil deposits spanning millions of years from the Miocene and Pliocene epochs. Fragments from all prehistoric creatures are found throughout the river! Remnants of mastodons, megalodons, mammoths, saber-tooth cats, and giant sloths. While shark teeth are the most common fossil, you’ll also find shells from ancient turtles, bones of massive armadillos, and fossilized plants or invertebrates, such as mollusks, sea urchins, and crabs.

What Can You Expect on a Fossil Hunt?

The adventure begins with a thrilling airboat or swamp buggy ride. Our expert guides will lead you through fossil-rich areas, sharing knowledge about the specimens encountered, the geological processes, and the delicate balance of our ecosystem that shaped the landscape. After arriving at our dig site, you’ll get hands-on experience while using the provided tools to sift, dig, and rake through river sediment uncovering ancient impressions and fossilized remains. 

Who Can Join a Fossil Hunt?

Fossil hunts are great for all ages! Engaging in a fossil hunt with family or friends is a great way to foster bonds and create lasting memories. Working as a team, you’ll uncover and identify fossils and piece together fragments to reveal a complete artifact, amplifying the sense of accomplishment and shared joy. 

Join us on our world-renowned airboat and swamp buggy excursions while searching for Florida’s fossilized history! From megalodon teeth to mammoth remains, the potential to find a fantastic piece of natural history is attainable in just one scoop! We’re located in Desoto County, just a short drive from Sarasota, Venice, North Port, and Myakka City! Book your tour today!