Boating at sunset on Florida Bay
Boating at sunset on Florida Bay

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Boating at Everglades National Park

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.

Boating in the waters of the Everglades is a task for the skilled. Treacherous passes cut through long banks of mud and seagrass, separating the basins of our shallow coast in Florida Bay. 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.

To learn how to safely navigate the waters of Florida Bay, boaters can take a partner sponsored online boater education course called Eco-Mariner. Click on the Eco-Mariner image to start the boating safety course that provides the basic knowledge to protect Florida Bay's sensitive environment.

For regulations and additional boating information, please follow the links below. If the link does not load, visitors may contact us and we can send the document via email.

Florida Bay map and guide 2012

Download the Florida Bay Map & Guide PDF
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Fishing Regulations

Boating Regulations

Boating Regulations

Last updated: April 10, 2018

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