Everglades Park Statistics

Area Statistics

  • Total acreage including expansion (land and water): 1,542,526 acres (64,238 hectares; 2,410 square miles), in Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Collier Counties
  • Designated Wilderness: 1,296,500 acres (524,686 hectares); Potential Wilderness: 81,900 acres (33,144 hectares); for a total of 86% of the total park area
  • Elevation: 0 to 8 feet (2.4 m) (average 6 feet / 1.8 m)
  • Average rainfall: 60 inches (152 cm) per year; Rainy season: May through September (mosquito season coincides with the rainy season)
  • Hurricane Season: May 1 through November 15
  • Average temperature: Winter - High 77°F (25 C), Low 53°F (12 C); Summer - High 87°F (31 C), Low 67°F (19 C)

Significant Dates

  • Park authorized: May 10, 1934
  • Established: December 6, 1947, dedicated by President Harry S Truman at Everglades City
  • Designated Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site on October 26, 1976
  • Desiganted Wetland of International Importance on June 4, 1987
  • Designated Wilderness on November 10, 1978, according to guidelines set by Wilderness Act of 1965
  • Hell's Bay Canoe Trail (8 miles / 13 km) and the Wilderness Waterway (99 miles / 159 km) received National Trails Designation on March 20, 1981
  • Everglades Expansion Act added East Everglades (109,500 acres / 44,315 hectares) to the park on December 13, 1989
  • Chekika State Park donated by the State of Florida on October 1, 1991
  • Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 added Tarpon Basin (600 acres / 242 hectares) to the park June 11, 2010

Park Visitation

Everglades National Park keeps track of the total number of visitors that enter the park through its two entrance stations (Homestead and Shark Valley). While this doesn't include those who enter through the nearly 1/2 million acres of surrounding waters, it helps park managers identify the needs of visitors.

Average visitation for the past few years has been about 1million visitors. A variety of statistics are available about each National Park across the country individually and collectively through the National Park Public Use Statistics Office. Click here if you'd like to go this website for additional detailed information about visitors to your national park.

Park Visitor Demographics

The National Park Service supports periodic studies of visitors into the park to better understand the perceptions, needs, and wants of the visiting public and surrounding community. A series of reports are available on the Park Visitor Demographics Page.

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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40001 State Road 9336
Homestead, FL 33034


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