Visitors can explore Florida Bay, Whitewater Bay, and the Ten Thousand Islands area by boat, kayak, or canoe. Each area has its own unique characteristics and habitats to explore.
The marine waters of Everglades National Park offer outstanding flats fishing and quiet, beautiful areas for birding, camping, kayaking and boating. Treacherous passes cut through long banks of mud and seagrass, separating the basins of our shallow coast in Florida Bay. As a result, boating in the waters of the Everglades though is a task for the skilled. Other areas, especially in the Ten Thousand Islands, have many oyster reefs and sandbars.
Safely exploring this region, while protecting the sensitive underwater habitats, requires the ability to "read the water". Shallow areas are not always marked, especially in the area between Flamingo and Everglades City. Knowing the draft (depth) and limits of your boat is critical, as is the ability to read and utilize nautical charts.
In order to better educate the public on proper boating habits, Everglades National Park soon will offer an online boater education course and boat operator permiting system. Stay tuned for more updates on this program.