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Paddling Gem Near Disney World

The launch at Steffee Landing (Shingle Creek Regional Park) along the busy Disney tourist corridor on US192 in Kissimmee (mile marker 15) belies the tranquil world of Shingle Creek and Shingle Creek Regional Park. The paddling trail is one of the prettiest we've seen - with alligators, turtles, myriad water birds and a beautiful cypress forest; this is a great option for taking a break from the theme parks and visiting the "real" Florida. (Detailed map and photos)

paddle Shingle Creek, Kissimmee

Distance: 7 mile paddling trail; 20 miles total
Location: Osceola County (Kissimmee)
Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Tidal: No
Launch points: Steffee Landing (W. Vine St./US192); Marsh Landing (Marsh Rd.); Babb Landing (Babb Road) (See map)
Nearby points of interest: Walt Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, Warbird Museum, Silver Spurs Rodeo, Gatorland


The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek  (rentals, tours)

Shingle Creek... Comments and Photos

Shingle Creek Regional Park covers 1,000 acres from the Orange/Osceola County line at the north to Lake Toho at the south. It includes three launch points onto Shingle Creek: (1) Babb Landing at the north off Babb Rd. is near the start of the Designated Paddling Trail; (2) Steffee Landing at US 192 is the most accessible and popular for the north and middle sections; (3) Marsh Landing off Hoagland Blvd. is along the south section to Lake Toho. The heavily wooded (mostly stumps and logs) rapids between the Steffee Landing and Marsh Landing is not recommended except for very experienced paddlers, for most people the creek is best paddled as an out and back. The downside is noise from air traffic at the nearby Kissimmee airport, and close to that, a gun range (law enforcement only) is occasionally in use.

Steffee Landing at Shingle Creek Regional Park

Steffee Landing at Shingle Creek Regional Park is the most popular launch point onto Shingle Creek. Here are a canoe and kayak launch (no motor boats are allowed!), fishing dock, hiking trails, picnicking, play area, and restrooms. The outfitter at The Paddling Center offers rentals and tours, plus group picnic facilities. Some old homes from the historic Shingle Creek community are within the park with others slated for restoration. The Shingle Creek Regional Trail (biking) also runs through the park (link below).

Paddling from Steffee Landing... South to Rapids Area

Heading south, the beautiful cypress swamp is a significant feature of the creek, more remote with narrow channels lined by palmetto palm and cypress and some wide areas. The twists and turns plus rapids are for more experienced paddlers. (The trail does twist and turn, but along one of the nicest portions of the trail just before the rapids someone went wild marking the trees with orange paint.)


From Rapids Area... South to Marsh Landing

Past the rapids is a section with ancient dunes and high banks, then the creek widens as it continues to Lake Toho with more homes along the banks. Marsh Landing is a good take-out. A wide drainage canal (enters from the west) just north of Old Tampa Highway can also be paddled. See more photos on our Facebook page .


Marsh Landing at Shingle Creek Regional Park

Marsh Landing has a public kayak/canoe launch, plus parking, restrooms, picnicking, and a deck available for group rentals. From here, you can paddle upstream to the dunes and rapids area, or downstream to Lake Toho.


Paddling from Steffee Landing... North to Babb Landing

This is an easy 2-mile round trip. Heading north, the creek is wider and deeper with less current, a popular area for fishing. The designated trail ends about a mile upstream at Babb Landing. This is a nicely wooded section, but at points we could see the condos and apartments through the trees. You may also see cyclists in the distance, as a section of the multi-use Shingle Creek Regional Trail runs near the Creek.


Babb Landing at Shingle Creek Regional Park

Babb Landing is at the northern end of Shingle Creek Regional Park, and site of the old Babb family residence and orange groves. Picnic tables, hiking paths, and biking trail. The Pioneer Village on the site using authentic structures, which once stood in different areas of Osceola County.

Wildlife along Shingle Creek

Wildlife include fish, alligators, bald eagles, wild turkey, great blue heron, turtles, white-tailed deer and a few river otters.

More Information and Resources

More about Shingle Creek:

Shingle Creek was named in the late 19th century after the cypress trees that lined the bank, which were used to make wood shingles. Beginning in south Orange County, the creek is the major tributary of Lake Tohopekaliga (Lake Toho), the northernmost headwaters of The Everglades. It flows about 20 miles past the International Drive tourist area south to Kissimmee, and then to Lake Toho where its waters continue their 300+ mile journey to The Everglades and Florida Bay. The stream and surrounding area are protected wetlands due to their importance to Everglades restoration efforts.

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