Mastodons, Megalodons, Mammoths, oh my! 

If you’re looking for an alternative to a day at the beach or amusement parks, look no further than fossil hunting on the Peace River for a fun adventure the whole family will enjoy! From megalodon teeth to mammoth remains, the potential to find a fantastic piece of natural history is attainable in just one scoop! 

Why Are Fossils in the Peace River?

The Peace River is a “blackwater” river. This type of river is slow-moving and meanders through forested swamps and wetlands. Blackwater rivers are full of fallen (and decomposing) leaves, creating sediment primed for fossilization. This sediment, combined with the slow-moving current, keeps fossils well-preserved.

Florida’s fossil record goes back to the Eocene epoch, approximately 50 million years ago. At that time, the ocean covered the entire state. Over time, sea level rise and fall ensured that land and sea life were fossilized and interred in the various sediment types. 

What Will You Find?

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, which are all awaiting discovery.  

When Is the Best Time to Search

The best chance of finding fossils on the Peace River is during the dry season when the water is low. March, April, and May are perfect for hunting, though fossils can be found throughout the year. 

What Do You Need

Be sure to wear comfortable clothes that are okay to be drenched – some of the best fossil findings happen in the middle of the river! A small gardening shovel is suitable for digging at the water’s edge, but you’ll also want to have a long-handled shovel for those wading excursions.

Ready to Dig In?

Peace River Charters partners with Fossil Recovery Exploration to bring you along on an unforgettable hunt for historical treasure. Hop on an airboat or swamp buggy and begin your search for Florida’s fossilized history! All equipment is provided. We’re located in DeSoto County, just a short drive from Sarasota, Venice, North Port, and Myakka City. Reserve your fossil hunting exploration today.