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South Florida boasts many eco-tourism destinations, providing natural alternatives to the busy coastal cities. On the Southwest coast, the Great Calusa Blueway and the Marco Island area offer several kayaking opportunities. Our South-Central region offers some amazing freshwater opportunities, including two of our favorites, Fisheating Creek and Lake Myakka State Park. The Southeast coast contains one Wild and Scenic River, plus some worthwhile paddling in parks and preserves of the Greater Miami area. The Everglades and Big Cypress offer a much more natural experience. Google maps, 100's of photos, details on launches. Kayak, canoe rentals, tours, and more.

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South Florida Region... 23 First-hand Reports

Fisheating Creek Fisheating Creek... A magical place for us, gliding through a cypress forest. Restricted access to upper drop off. Rentals, shuttles, should make reservation (view details...)


Loxahatchee River Loxahatchee River Overview... Paddling Florida's first designated Wild and Scenic River. Flows from south to north, freshwater to saltwater. Rentals available (view details...)


Loxahatchee River Loxahatchee River (South) at Riverbend Park... Paddling in the upper (south) section of Florida's first Wild and Scenic River. Rentals available (view details...)


Loxahatchee River Loxahatchee River (North) at Jonathan Dickinson State Park... Paddling the lower (north) section for both saltwater and freshwater experience. Rentals available (view details...)


Caxambas Pass, Marco Island Marco Island, Caxambas Pass... From city park launch, paddle to islands with sand beaches and shelling. Tours available (view details...)


Oleta River State Park Oleta River State Park... A peaceful paddling (and biking) oasis, in the middle of the busy Miami metropolitan area. (view details...)


Rookery Bay, Marco Island Rookery Bay-Overview... 110,000 acre National Estuarian Reserve, 2 launch points just NW of Marco Island. Rentals available (view details...)


Rookery Bay, Isle of Capri Rookery Bay-Isle of Capri... 110,000 acre National Estuarian Reserve, launch at Isle of Capri Paddlecraft Park at Marco Island. Rentals available (view details...)


Rookery Bay, Shell Point Paddling Trail Rookery Bay-Shell Point Paddling Trail... 110,000 acre National Estuarian Reserve, launch at Shell Point Road just NW of Marco Island. Rentals available (view details...)


Shell Creek Shell Creek... Paddling and fossil hunting near Punta Gorda. Tours available (view details...)


West Lake Park West Lake Park... 3 short mangrove-lined paddling trails. Rentals available (view details...)

South Florida... Great Calusa Blueway

Great Calusa Blueway Great Calusa Blueway Overview... A mapped series of paddling trails within San Carlos Bay, Estero Bay, and along the Caloosahatchee River. We report on five destinations to date. Rentals and tours available (view details...)


Big Hickor Island Big Hickory Island, Great Calusa Blueway... On the Great Calusa Blueway at Bonita Springs. Bay and mangrove paddling, Gulf beaches. Rentals available (view details...)


Bunche Beach Bunche Beach, Great Calusa Blueway... Access point to the Great Calusa Blueway in Ft. Myers. Rentals available (view details...)


Callosahatchee River Caloosahatchee River, Great Calusa Blueway... Restoration project underway. Many launches, access to excellent creeks. Tours available (view details...)


Estero River Estero Bay and River Paddling Trail, Great Calusa Blueway... From freshwater at Koreshan State Historic Site to Lover's Key on Estero Bay and the Gulf. Rentals available (view details...)

Sanibel Island Sanibel Island, Great Calusa Blueway... Popular mangrove-lined kayaking trail through Commodore Creek at Tarpon Bay on Sanibel. Rentals available (view details...)

South Florida... Greater Everglades Area

Everglades Greater Everglades Area Overview... We explore Everglades National Park, plus other natural refuges (which, though separate, many also refer to as "The Everglades") that border the park. Rentals and tours available (view details...)


Collier-Seminole State Park, Mud Bay, Florida Collier-Seminole State Park... A 13.6 mile paddling trail. We enjoy paddling the upper section, including Mud Bay. When tide is up, many dolphins feeding. Rentals available (view details...)


East River, Everglades, Big Cypress East River... Easy out and back, popular with outfitters. Mangrove tunnels, many birds and alligators. Tours available (view details...)


Everglades, Chokoloskee Bay Everglades City, Chokoloskee Bay... Gateway to the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge and the 100 mile Wildness Waterway. Rentals available (view details...)


Flamingo, Everglades Flamingo, Everglades National Park... Launch from marina at the Flamingo Visitors Center. Paddle on Florida Bay if calm, or along the canals if windy. Rentals available (view details...)


Halfway Creek Halfway Creek... Once a popular 9 mile trail (kept open by outfitters) from Hwy 41 to Everglades City. Now mostly paddled out and back. Tours available (view details...)


Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge... Paddling through a "river of grass" in the last surviving portion of the Northern Everglades. Rentals available (view details...)


9 Mile Pond Nine Mile Pond, Everglades National Park... Easy out and back, popular with outfitters. Mangrove tunnels, many birds and alligators. Rentals available (view details...)


Turner River Turner River... Popular 9 mile paddling trail from Hwy 41 to Chocoloskee and Everglades City. Long mangrove tunnels. Tours available (view details...)


West Lake, Everglades National Park, Florida West Lake, Everglades National Park... Large, open water lake with marked paddling trail. Rentals available (view details...)


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