Collier-Seminole State Park - Paddling on Blackwater River and Mud Bay
Partially within The Everglades, Collier-Seminole State Park also contains one of only three original strands of royal palm in Florida. The 13.6 mile paddling trail along the Blackwater River includes scenic but sometimes impassable Mud Bay. (Detailed map and photos below.)
The paddling trail includes the river, open bays, and creeks to explore. Filing a float plan is required. Paddling the entire 13.6 mile trail may require camping; the approved campsite is at Grocery Place (reservations needed, bring bug spray!). Mud Bay can be impassable at low tide. The park wilderness is mostly mangrove swamp, but also hardwood forest, coastal strand, and salt-marsh. Watch for wildlife including alligators, raccoons, otters, manatees, dolphins, birds, wading birds, and fish.
The adventurous paddler can follow the Blackwater River out to the Gulf to explore the islands, or continue on to the Ten Thousand Islands and Wilderness Waterway.
Collier-Seminole State Park, has camping, hiking, off-road biking, fishing, playground, and picnicking. Canoe rentals are available at the ranger station, and guided boat tours are available. 4,760 of the total 6,430 acres are designated as wilderness areas. Of historical interest (try this for a trivia question), the park has a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark - the last existing Bay City Walking Dredge which was used to build the Tamiami Trail (US 41).
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More information on paddling at Collier-Seminole State Park (opens in a new window):
Paddling in Florida - Kayak, Canoe
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