Kayak Camping Florida Everglades

Call today to reserve kayaks for camping in the Florida Everglades  239-695-2628 or 239-595-2162 Please write us a review when you get a chance http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g34210-d1783152-Reviews-Everglades_Kayak_Company-Everglades_City_Florida.html

 

 

You Can do it! You don’t need an expensive guide to tell you how to set up a tent!

Do you have basic camping skills? Do you have basic navigation skills? Kayak Camping in the Florida Everglades is fun and enjoyable. Here is some basic information on how to do it;

Plan your trip– ” Camping Season in the Florida Everglades is generally considered October through May, but yes, people do camp all year round. In ” season”, as we call it, the months are cooler, the rain pretty much just stops and the bugs decrease drastically. We have a large variety of outdoor clothing, shoes, hats and accessories in our retail store. Naples Outfitters 2360 Shadowlawn Drive in Naples. This is just two miles South of Down Town Naples.

Make it easy– call and reserve your rental kayaks as soon as you know when you will be going 239 695 2628 or 239 595 2162   . The nicer the weather is, the higher the demand will be. If you plan to stay at our location at Glades Haven/ Miller’s World, plan to reserve a cabin well in advance. Cabin Rentals 888.956.6251  Staying at this location allows for quick and easy access to get permits early-we are directly across from the Everglades National Park visitors center. You can literally jump out of bed, run over to get your permits and when you get back your KAYAKS WILL BE READY TO LAUNCH!

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Kayak Camping Florida Everglades

Important things to know;

  • The tides change in The Florida Everglades roughly every six hours. The tides will be stronger when there is a full moon and a new moon. A simple tide ap on your phone will do the trick!
  • People generally rent Sea Kayaks for camping trips in the Florida Everglades. This is not car camping- you need to pack your gear down pretty small. You could also rent Sit on Top or Hobie Kayaks for Kayak Camping/ Fishing trips. http://evergladeskayakcompany.com/hobie-mirage-drive-fishing-kayak-rentals/
  • There is no water source once you are out on the Islands- a gallon per person per day is a good general rule, but more may be needed in hotter months.
  • Try to bring non perishable foods and practice good food handling techniques
  • Practice navigating before hand and have some idea of where you are going
  • Permits are required for all Islands within the Everglades National Park, except in Summer months. Please see the park website for details. http://www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm
  • Tent and Sleeping Bag rentals are available at Glades Haven Marina 23 695 2628

PLEASE SEE the Everglades National Park for up to date details regarding permits and rules http://www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm

Why Choose us?

  • Over twelve years of service to Southwest Florida and The Florida Everglades
  • Affiliated with the top outfitter in Southwest Florida-Naples Outfitters naplesoutfittersflorida.com
  • We are directly on the water-on the “easy side”  of Chokoloskee Bay
  • Top brands of kayaks
  • On site restrooms, restaurant, cabins, deli, bar and more!

 

Wilderness Guidelines

Fires – Fires are allowed only at beach sites along that Gulf Coast, below the storm surge line near the high tide line, using only downed wood. No fires are allowed at ground or chickee sites.

Trash – Trash must be packed out. Included in trash should be food scraps and used toilet paper; leave sites cleaner than you find them.

Human Waste – Use toilets where provided. At sites without facilities, bury human waste in a hole at least 6″ deep. Pack used paper out with garbage.

Food – Remove all food particles from dishes before washing. Do not dump food scraps in water; pack out with trash. Use bio-degradable soap.

Designated Site – You must stay at the site listed on the permit unless safety factors require you to stay elsewhere.

Pets – Pets are not permitted in Everglades National Park.

Weapons & Fireworks – Use or possession of either is prohibited.

Noise – Be considerate of other visitors. Quiet hours are 10pm to 6am. Loud machinery such as generators, chainsaws and bug sprayers is prohibited.

Fishing – State fishing license and regulations apply. You are responsible for following the size and daily bag limits for Everglades National Park.

Wildlife – DO NOT feed or harass alligators or other wildlife. Animals that are habituated to human food can be dangerous.

Boating – The use of personal watercraft and water skiing are prohibited. You are responsible for following the parks boating regulations.

Leave No Trace – While not regulations, these principles will help preserve the park’s wilderness values: 1.) Plan ahead and prepare 2.) Camp in designated sites only 3.) Dispose of waste properly 4.) Leave what you find 5.) Minimize Campfire impacts 6.) Respect wildlife 7.) Be considerate of other visitors

Recommended Safety Tips

Nautical Charts & Compass – Are strongly recommended for all routes. Do not rely entirely on GPS units.

Weather – Weather conditions change rapidly in the summer. Be prepared for intense sun, rain, and strong winds. Be prepared for lightning; do not stay in open water during storms, move near land staying low in your boat.

Wind/Tides – Take a tide chart and check conditions before you depart. Carry a weather radio if possible.

Mosquitoes – Mosquitoes and no-see-ums can be numerous and aggressive. Insect repellent, bug jackets, or long pants and long sleeved shirts are recommended.

Raccoons – Raccoons will do nearly anything to get food and water. Store both in hard sided containers or aboard a boat.

Water – One gallon per person per day is the minimum recommendation. No fresh water is available.

Preservation – Plants, animals and artifacts are protected in the national park. Collecting is prohibited.

Be realistic – Tides and winds can make paddling difficult. Most experienced paddlers plan to travel between 8-12 miles per day. If this is your first trip, choose a short trip and travel well marked routes.

Be Prepared – Boating in Everglades National Park is challenging. Safely exploring this area requires the ability to “read the water”, as the shallow areas are not usually marked. Knowing the draft (depth) and limits of your boat is critical, as is the ability to read and utilize nautical charts.

Numbers To Call For Information – Flamingo (239) 695-2945   Gulf Coast (239) 695-3311

Search and Rescue – File a trip plan with a friend or relative before leaving. If you do not return home on time, that person should contact Everglades National Park 24hr dispatch at (305)242-7740. In the park, dial #NPS from your cell phone.

 

Kayak Camping Florida Everglades