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Area Overview

Everglades National Park is a national treasure and World Heritage Site. The largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, the park protects 1.5 million acres at Florida’s southern tip and offers protected habitat to many rare and endangered species.

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Here we explore paddling and kayaking in Everglades National Park, plus other natural refuges (which, though separate, many also refer to as "The Everglades") that border the park (See map):

- Big Cypress National Preserve
- Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve
- Collier Seminole State Park
- Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Everglades Paddling Links and Sample Photos

November through March are best to avoid excessive temperatures and bugs, but trails are accessible year-round. Maps are available at the visitor centers. Wildlife of course include alligators but also the endangered Florida panther, crocodiles, deer, marsh rabbit, raccoons, otter, fish, and myriad birds (over 350 documented species).

Everglades National Park

The Everglades offers limitless paddling on the "river of grass"; a third of the park is made up of marine areas and shallow estuaries. Paddle through sawgrass prairie, mangrove tunnels, open lakes, and ponds.

Everglades City - Chokoloskee Bay

Gateway to the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and 100-mile Wilderness Waterway

Paddle Everglades, Everglades City, 10000 Islands - Kayak, Canoe


Launch from the marina at Flamingo Visitors Center, onto Florida Bay or Buttonwood Canal

Paddle Everglades, Flamingo - Kayak, Canoe

Nine Mile Pond

5-mile paddling trail. Easy on-and-off launch, no motorboats are allowed

Paddle Everglades, Nine Mile Pond - Kayak, Canoe

West Lake

8-mile paddling trail at West Lake, one of the largest lakes in the Everglades

Paddle Everglades, West Lake - Kayak, Canoe

Big Cypress National Preserve

Big Cypress is on higher land than The Everglades, with cypress, pine and hammock forests, and is an important water source of The Everglades.

Halfway Creek

Varied paddling from narrow cypress to open bay

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Turner River

US 41 to Chokoloskee Island

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Other Paddling Near Everglades National Park

Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve

East River

Popular for paddling through mangrove tunnels, wildlife viewing

Paddle Everglades, East River - Kayak, Canoe

Faka Union Canal and River

Two paddling opportunities: Faca Union Canal and Faca Union River. Fishing, eco-tours.

Paddle Everglades, Collier State, Mud Bay - Kayak, Canoe

Everglades Wildlife Management Area

Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Paddling the "river of grass" through the last surviving portion of the northern Everglades

Paddle Everglades, Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge - Kayak, Canoe

Collier-Seminole State Park

Blackwater River - Mud Bay

The 13.6 mile paddling trail includes scenic but sometimes impassable Mud Bay

Paddle Everglades, Collier State, Mud Bay - Kayak, Canoe

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