Everglades City is the hub of paddling activity in the western Everglades. It is located on the northern shore of Chokoloskee Bay and provides direct access to the well-known Ten Thousand Islands area, which has been classified by the state as an Aquatic Preserve. This myriad of islands forms countless passes and small bays. The fishing is excellent and the islands present an incredible number of fine camping opportunities. The Ten Thousand Islands face directly onto the Gulf of Mexico, which makes them subject to the whims of weather systems coming ashore off the open water. The paddler is cautioned to check on weather conditions before venturing into the area and, once there, should always be prepared for sudden changes in wind or weather conditions.
Because of the almost infinite number of paddling opportunities in Ten Thousand Islands, the interested paddler should consult the personnel at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades National Park. These people know the area and can provide valuable information concerning interesting paddling trails for both day and overnight use. The ranger station is located on Chokoloskee Bay in south Everglades City, on the west side of CR 29, just north of where that road becomes a causeway.
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