The Wilderness Waterway is a 99-mile inland water route between Flamingo and Gulf Coast. The entire trip takes about seven hours with an outboard motor, or nine days by canoe. Numbered markers guide you through mangrove forests, through Whitewater Bay, and around countless islands. Campsites are available along the route. A backcountry permit is required for overnight camping. Permits may be obtained at the Flamingo or Gulf Coast Visitor Centers.

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Review of Wilderness Waterway

Active and Adventure Review of Wilderness Waterway

Away Travel Editor: Alistair Wearmouth
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Editor Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Canoeing,Sea Kayaking
Editor Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Not for the inexperienced, this epic paddle takes you through the heart of the "River of Grass" and alongside cruising manatees, crocs, and dolphins.
  • Given the intensity of both the heat and bugs between April and October, this trip is best done in winter or early spring.
  • Shorter overnight trips are available by paddling between some of the park's designated backcountry campsites.

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