Florida Bay - New Access Corridor Markers and Signs

newly-installed marker at the south end of Frank Key idle-speed corridor, looking north towards Frank Key
Everglades National Park has begun an important new project to install access corridor markers and signs in Florida Bay. The project is one of the priority projects approved in the park’s 2015 General Management Plan (GMP) to better protect resources and to enhance visitor access and enjoyment.

Work on 12 of the 31 new Florida Bay corridors, mostly in the Flamingo area, has been completed (listed below and identified in blue and purple on the Channel Marking Status web map. Work is likely to continue through April. Corridors completed:
  • On-plane: Dave Foy, Dump Keys (south of existing channel), Madeira Bay, Terrapin Bay
  • Idle-speed: Snake Bight East (off Snake Bight Channel), Porpoise Point, Garfield Bight, Rankin Bight, Santini Bight (east and west), Terrapin West (off Terrapin Bay corridor)
  • On-plane and idle-speed: Frank Key (north segment on-plane, south segment idle-speed).
Additional details regarding boating and visitor use are available on the Florida Bay Boating Routes and Zones web map (see interactive Map below) and map book.
 

Florida Bay Boating Routes and Zones

Everglades National Park
 
Note: this map includes park maintained channels, and the 31 new corridors currently being installed (that do not currently appear on nautical charts). As of March 10, work on 12 of the 31 corridors has been completed. Therefore, boaters must use standard and electronic navigation charts and adhere to the regulations of the newly-installed aids-to-navigation as posted.
 
Map Legend, Fl Bay
 

Work is being performed by a contractor in consultation with park staff. Funding is through the NPS and generous donations to the South Florida National Parks Trust from Yamaha and the American Sportfishing Association.

Boaters should be aware there are important changes to existing channels as part of this project:
  1. Twisty-mile Channel: will become an idle-speed corridor, and adjacent area a pole/troll zone;
  2. Dump Key Channel: a new corridor has been installed just south of the original channel; later this year the original channel will be eliminated and be part of a pole/troll zone;
  3. North Jimmy Channel: a new corridor will be installed just north of the original channel; later this year the original channel will be eliminated and be part of a pole/troll zone;
  4. Pollock Key Channel and Bob Allen South Cut: an alternative on-plane corridor will be installed (called Bob Allen Pass) to provide access across this area and better protect resources; later this year the markers at these two short cuts will be removed and the areas will be part of pole/troll zones.
This project is a key component of the integrated GMP implementation strategy to enhance protection and enjoyment of the park’s marine areas. The Joe Bay/Snag Bay area was opened to public use for the first time in over 30 years in November 2016, and several other related GMP projects are expected to be completed this year:
  • Launch of the park’s boater education and permit program;
  • Availability of electronic navigation products (by major GPS companies, and a park boating app);
  • An Everglades National Park marine waters boating guide, developed in collaboration with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034

Phone:

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