Explore hardwood swamps, pitcher plant prairies, dark water creeks, and sloughs filled with twisted cypress knees as you travel down the Suwannee River.
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At the southernmost corner of the eastern United States stands a rare natural marvel: the Everglades. This incredible land boasts endless horizons, an eternity of glittering water, waving grasses, and an infinite number of life-forms spanning this subtropical wilderness found nowhere else in the world. The Everglades is comprised of low islands (keys), tangled mangrove swamps, flat saw-grass prairies, pinewoods, and tropical hammocks and is the third largest national park in the United States. For sports fishermen, this is the world’s best flats fishing with spotted sea trout, red fish (red drum), black drum, tarpon, snook, blues, Jack crevals, and Spanish mackerel all nipping at the lines.
Each day we will make our way northwest following the coast and keys that make up the Everglades. Paddling into the Glades we will experience mangrove tunnels, stopping to learn the three types of mangrove and its purposes. We will also see an abundance of unique wildlife. Keeping our distance, our time will be spent identifying birds, reptiles, and mammals. Making our way into Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico will give everyone time to observe the coastal make up of Florida’s subtropical beaches. This offers us yet another unique environment with its own separate flora and fauna. Then we will experience the best of Florida by swimming and playing on a deserted white sand beach. Nights will be spent around the campfire, fishing, or just relaxing.
Day 1 — East Cape Sabal
Day 2 — Camp North west Cape Sabal, 9.5 miles
Day 3 — Camp Graveyard Creek, 11 miles
Day 4 — Camp Hog Key, 16 miles
Day 5 — Camp Pavillion Key, 12.5 miles
Day 6 — Camp Little Rabbit Key, 13.5 miles
Day 7 — Arrive Everglades City, 8 miles
All meals on the water are provided. Due to the fact we must carry all of our own drinking water for the week and there is no way to keep foods cool, most meals will consist of fresh caught fish, beans and rice, pasta with sauces, and one pot meals. Lunches will be sandwiches, ceviche, dried nuts and fruit, and fish soups. Basically camping food fortified with fresh caught fish.
Meals, permits, kayaks and all kayaking gear, two Adventure in Florida Guides, whitewater rafting on the Nantahala.
Moderate – Participants should be comfortable sea kayaking 10-15 miles a day up to a mile from shore. Most days are calm, however, 15 mph headwinds and three foot seas are not uncommon.