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Paddling at Everglades National Park

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.

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). November through March are best to avoid excessive temperatures and bugs, but trails are
accessible year-round. Maps are available at the visitor centers.

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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, left):

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

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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
Flamingo Nine Mile Pond
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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
5-mile paddling trail.
Easy on-and-off launch,
no motorboats are allowed
West Lake
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8-mile paddling trail at
West Lake, one of the largest
lakes in the Everglades
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 Turner River
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Varied paddling from
narrow cypress to open bay
In the Big Cypress
National Preserve
Other Paddling Near Everglades National Park
Fakahatchee Strand
 State Preserve
State Park
Everglades Wildlife
Management Area
East River
Blackwater River-Mud Bay Loxahatchee National
Wildlife Refuge
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Popular for paddling through
mangrove tunnels, wildlife
The 13.6 mile paddling trail
includes scenic but sometimes
impassable Mud Bay
Paddling the "river of grass"
through the last surviving portion
of the northern Everglades

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Support and Advocacy

National Park Foundation

South Florida National Parks Trust

Friends of The Everglades