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Paddling in The Everglades - Flamingo

At the Flamingo Visitor Center are an information center with natural history exhibits, a ramp and store at the marina, campground, hiking trails, as well as boat tours and rentals. Launching  up the Buttonwood Canal from Flamingo Marina, you'll be sharing the waterway with motor and airboats. The  mosquitoes can be brutal here, it's best to plan a trip October-April. (Detailed map, photos and more description below.)



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Distance: Various
Location: Collier County (Everglades National Park)
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Tidal: Yes
Launch points: Flamingo Visitor Center (See map, left)
Kayak/Canoe Launch: At the Flamingo Visitor Center  (link, above right)
Nearby points of interest: City of Miami, Miccosukee Indian Reservation

Kayaking or canoeing north along the canal leads to Coot Bay. Coot Bay is great for fishing, but you can also see alligators, dolphin, otters, sharks, and crocodiles. Other paddling from Flamingo includes exploring Florida Bay and its islands, or paddling to Snake Bight (about four miles), popular for birding. Note: only experienced kayakers and paddlers should attempt Florida Bay due to open water, strong current, and unpredictable winds. If attempting a back-country trip, register at the ranger station.

The Wilderness Waterway extends 100 miles along the western side of Everglades National Park from Flamingo to Everglades City, passing through rivers, creeks and open bays with myriad wildlife and terrain. Allow a week to complete the trip; camping facilities are located along the waterway (permits are required). There are channel markers along the way, but nautical charts, compass, and GPS are recommended.

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At the Marina, Flamingo Visitor Center Florida Bay Launch at the Marina
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Along the Buttonwood Canal, we did not paddle out to Florida Bay this trip Return to launch

Also visit us here: Bicycling in The Everglades

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

- National Park Service - Everglades National Park
- National Park Service - Flamingo Area Canoe/Kayak Paddling Trails
- National Park Service - Wilderness Trip Planner

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