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Reported: Nov. 2011

Paddling in The Everglades - Nine Mile Pond

Nine Mile Pond is a 5-mile loop (nine miles was the distance from the old visitor center) through sawgrass prairie, past tree islands and mangrove. Motor craft are prohibited. Canoes can be rented at Flamingo Visitor Center marina where you'll get a key to unlock one where they're stored at Nine Mile Pond. The launch area is flat and open, easy on and off with the parking lot adjacent. (Detailed map and photos below.)



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Distance: 5 mile loop, or 3.5 miles if you take the shortcut
Location: Collier County (Everglades National Park)
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Tidal: Yes
Launch point: 11 miles north of Flamingo off Main Park Road (See map, left)
Kayak/Canoe Rentals: N/A
Nearby points of interest: Miami, Miccosukee Indian Reservation

The Nine Mile Pond is shallow and impassable in dry season (check with the Park rangers), and crossing the open part when it's windy can be choppy. The mangrove tunnels can be tight, bring a take-apart paddle or canoe paddle. There are no dry areas on this paddling trail to stop and stretch.

The trail is marked by 116 PVC markers with a shortcut at marker #44 to marker #82; to avoid pushing your way through the "breadsticks" (periphyton) past this point, we recommend taking the shortcut. At the end of the trail and before entering the main pond are two small ponds with excellent bird watching. Wildlife include alligators, turtles, a variety of birds, and fish - plus, crocodiles can be seen.

Paddling in the Everglades-Nine Mile Pond
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On the pond Into the mangrove
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Through the mangrove Through the "breadsticks" Paurotis or Everglades Palm, in its native habitat
Plants and Wildlife
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Turtle Heron Bladderwort Bladderwort
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Periphyton ("breadsticks")

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More information on paddling in The Everglades (opens in a new window):

- National Park Service - Everglades National Park
- National Park Service - Nine Mile Pond Canoe Trail

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