Everglades National Park

Sea kayak in the tropics on the west cost of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico and Everglades National Park.

getting there

Fly to Miami or Tampa and travel to desired accommodations. Collier Seminole State Park is a good base camp.

on the water

Day trips

  • Rookery Bay Estuarine Preserve
  • Domes at Cape Romano
  • Turner River
  • Fakahatchee Key
  • Mormon Key
  • Blackwater River/Royal Palm Hammock Paddling Trail

on the trail

For a break from paddling, hike Fakahatchee Strand in the Big Cypress Preserve.


  • Be sure to rent a kayak and any other gear that you cannot take with you.
  • Be prepared to paddle in choppy, windy conditions and making open water crossings.
  • The coast and Keys are primitive and with potable water—carry all the water needed for your trip.
  • This region is a tropical climate (December temperatures ranging from 59-76°F).
  • The water temperature is 68°F.
  • Bugs are apparent and protection is necessary.
  • Suitable Activities: Sea Kayaking
  • Seasons: January, February, March, November, December
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak III
  • Length: 24.0 nm
  • Land Manager: Everglades National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 6
  • Maximum Party Size: 6
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 6
  • NOAA Chatham River to Clam Pass, Florida No. 11429
  • NOAA Lostmans River to Wiggins Pass, Florida No. 11430
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