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Trip report: Nov. 2014

Flamingo... Paddling in The Everglades

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 and photos below.)

Paddle Everglades, Flamingo, kayak, canoe, Florida

Distance: varies
Location: Collier County (Everglades National Park)
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Tidal: Yes
Launch points: Flamingo Visitor Center (See map)
Nearby points of interest: City of Miami, Miccosukee Indian Reservation

Rentals/Outfitters/Tours:

Everglades Guest Services (park concessionaire, rentals)

Support and Advocacy:

National Park Foundation

South Florida National Parks Trust

Friends of The Everglades Park

Chokoloskee Bay at Everglades City... Comments and Photos

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.


Paddling at Flamingo

Marina at Visitor Center, launch

On Buttonwood Canal

About the Wilderness Waterway

The 100-mile Wilderness Waterway extends north from Flamingo to Everglades City. This is literally a wilderness and recommended or experienced paddlers only. There are several routes, along the beach and backcountry - plan for at least 8 days to complete this trip. There are channel markers along the way, but nautical charts, compass, and GPS are recommended to avoid getting lost. Permits are required for camping and dependent on availability. See the National Parks Service Wilderness Trip Planner (link below) for details on obtaining permits and planning your trip.

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