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Paddling in South Florida

Paddling in South Florida includes open water, rivers, and many mangrove-lined channels. On the east coast near Miami paddle the Intracoastal Waterway or Biscayne Bay; be aware of busy motorboat traffic. Further north, Jonathan Dickinson State Park and the Loxahatchee River offer a more serene experience. The west coast is more laid back - the 190-mile Calusa Blueway stretches from Ft. Myers to Bonita Beach, and Sanibel Island has some of the most popular paddling in Florida. In the North Central area are some of the prettiest cypress-lined creeks and rivers in the state. At the southern tip, see the wonders of The Everglades and adjacent Big Cypress National Preserve and Collier-Seminole State Park up close; explore the limitless opportunities on the "river of grass."

Paddle South Florida


South Florida Links and Sample Photos (tap or hover over images to enlarge)
East Coast
Loxahatchee River-north
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Loxahatchee River-south
Riverbend Park
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Florida's first designated Wild and Scenic River;
paddling trail is 8.5 miles from Jonathan Dickinson State Park
to Riverbend County Park
West Coast
Rookery Bay Shell Creek South Creek
Paddle Everglades, Rookery Bay - Kayak, CanoePaddle Everglades, Rookery Bay - Kayak, Canoe Paddle Shell Creek, Punta Gorda - Kayak, CanoePaddle Shell Creek, Punta Gora - Kayak, Canoe Paddle South Creek - Oscar Scherer State Park - Kayak, CanoePaddle South Creek - Oscar Scherer State Park - Kayak, Canoe
110,000 acre National Estuarian
Reserve features much paddling
Fossil hunting
near Punta Gorda
At Oscar Scherer State Park,
no motorboats allowed
in the park boundaries!
Terra Ceia
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The last undeveloped
shoreline along
Tampa Bay
West Coast - Great Calusa Blueway
Bunche Beach Caloosahatchee River Estero Bay and River
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Access point to the
Great Calusa Blueway
at Ft. Myers
Paddling trail from Koresham
State Historic Site to Lovers
Key State Park
Sanibel Island
Paddle Sanibel Island, Tarpon Bay - Kakak, CanoePaddle Sanibel Island, Tarpon Bay - Kakak, Canoe
Scenic paddling at Tarpon Bay
and Commodore Creek
Kayak Trail
North Central
Arbuckle Creek Fisheating Creek Myakka River
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Proximity to the Avon Park
bombing range is actually
a positive that helps keep
this area natural
A magical place, its
beauty blew us away
Famous for the large number
of alligators and birds
Peace River
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67-mile paddling trail
from Bartow to Arcadia, FL
Everglades National Park and Surrounding Area
East River Everglades City -
Chokoloskee Bay
Flamingo
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Popular for paddling through
mangrove tunnels, wildlife
Everglades City is gateway
to the 10,000 Islands National
Wildlife Refuge, and 100-mile
Wilderness Waterway
Launch from the marina at
Flamingo Visitors Center
Nine Mile Pond West Lake Collier-Seminole
State Park-Mud Bay
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Easy on-and-off launch,
no motorboats are allowed
8-mile paddling trail
includes West Lake,
one of the largest lakes
in the Everglades
The 13.6 mile paddling trail
includes scenic but sometimes
impassable Mud Bay
Halfway Creek Loxahatchee National
Wildlife Refuge
Turner River
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Varied paddling from
narrow cypress to open bay
Paddling the "river of grass"
through the last surviving
portion of the northern Everglades
In the Big Cypress
National Preserve

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