Tour the Everglades on a Canoe
There is no better way to the tour the Everglades and explore its wilderness than going on a canoe tour. Forget
about airboat tours or hiking through miles of wilderness. Canoeing through the Everglades will allow you to
spot manatees, bald eagles, storks, ospreys, herons, egrets and a few alligators basking on the shore.
Registration and Permits
If you want to canoe through the trails of the Everglades, register at the visitor’s center located in Everglades
City. There are back country campsites available along the entire route, but you cannot book in advance. The
site is allotted on first come basis, but you can reserve your spot 24 hours in advance.
Canoeing through the Everglades
It may come as a surprise to learn the Everglades is a wonderful place to go kayaking and canoeing. The water
depth at any given point is more than a few feet and you will not find too much dry ground. You will find
mangroves everywhere with their arced roots. Just remember you may not be able to get out and rest until you
reach a campsite.
Wind and tides have a profound effect on your canoe tour and make it a point to monitor both at all times. As
you paddle, you will enjoy close encounters with birds and wildlife. Don’t worry too much about the alligators.
They do not pose a danger, but it is not advisable to swim in these waters.
Canoeing Trails of the Everglades
There are many canoeing trails in the Everglades. So, pick the one that best suits your abilities and fitness level.
Nine Mile Pond: This particular trail offers two versions. One is the longer version with a 5.2-mile loop and the
other is a short cut. You will need about four hours to cover the longer trailer and half the time for the shorter
one. This trail traverses through freshwater marsh and shallow ponds. It is perfect to spot alligators during the
Mud Lake Loop: Begin this trail at Coot Bay Pond located on Flaming Highway. As you paddle through
mangroves and make your way into Coot Bay, keep your eyes open for crocs, sharks, dolphins, otters and
manatees. You also can fish here, but will need a license. The Coot Bay leads to Mud Lake. Follow the markers
to make your way to Bear Lake Canoe Trail and onwards to Buttonwood Canal. Then you head back the same
way, enjoying 5 wonderful hours of canoeing.
Wilderness Waterway: This is a challenging trail and not for the faint hearted. It runs for 99 miles and begins
from Flamingo all the way to Everglades City. This will be one tour of the Everglades that you will never
It is fun and interesting to challenge yourself by opting for a canoeing tour of the Everglades. Choose a trail to
suit your needs and make it a tour of the Everglades that you will cherish a lifetime. Contact us today to arrange
your tour of the Everglades. We will arrange everything for you, so that you can take in the serene and tranquil
beauty of this natural wonder. Come, tour the Everglades and enjoy those wonders of nature that you will not
find anywhere else.