We are two newbies headed to the Everglades next week. Wanted to know if anyone had a 2 night, 3 day recommendation either leaving from Flamingo or Everglades City areas. We will be renting canoes and are intermediate paddlers with expert backcountry experience.
Thanks in advance for your recommendations!
Hell's bay trail to Lane bay chickee about 7miles. Lane Bay to Pearl Bay about 3 miles. Pearl Bay back to the start about 4 miles. Second day would be short, so lots of time to wonder around and explore. All chickees and mangroves and bays. Could modify by putting in at Coot Bay pond, but would need 2 cars or hide a bicycle at one entrance.
Everglades City to Picnic/Tiger/Jewel or Rabbit key about 4-7miles depending on which one you choose. Second day at Pavilion Key. Back to E.C. All Gulf and beach camping. could do second night at Lopez River or Crooked Creek, finish with Hurdles creek and Turner River. That would give you the beach and inside in one trip.
Whistle, Charts and compass are required. GPS is nice but not required. Signaling gear is also nice to bring along.
Thanks Bill and Jeremy! This is really helpful - I know it's short but I'm sneaking away from a family vacation for a side adventure. We have the nautical maps, the GPS, and whistle packed, and I'll look into the aerials from google earth. We do have the option to load the canoe on the car to do an alternative launch. I'll look into both sets of suggestions.
Thank you again for taking the time to respond!
Thanks Vivian! I think based on the above suggestions the lopez river/crooked creek to a key is an ideal trip for me. Do you know how long it takes from crooked creek to pavillion key via the Huston River? Is this doable in one long day?
Lauren, it depends on wind and tides plus your experience as paddlers. I would try to get Crooked Creek if planning to head to the Huston instead of Lopez. On average, figure about 3 mph with loaded boats and some wind against you. Make sure you have an outgoing tide when heading down the Huston on your way to Pavillion. Check the tides for Chatam River they are same as Huston. There will be a delay of a couple of hours further up river.
I agree with Vivian on the tides. I would rather tuck up in the mangrove for a while resting, than paddle against the incoming tide on Lopez River. Usually you can paddle against an outgoing tide without too much trouble, but if combined with the wind it gets tough. The tides are tricky. Definitely get a tide chart, but also observe at the tides while you are there. Be careful at the mouth of the Chatam and Huston rivers, when the tides change it can get rough. Good luck. JRC
Thanks all. Will double check before we commit to anything. Appreciate all the advice!
A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I did the EC - Crooked Creek - Via the Huston River - Pavilion - Back to EC three day. If you have morning outgoing tides you can get from Crooked Creek - Pavilion with enough time to set up and explore a bit. We had a noon high tide and ended up pulling off when joining the Huston waiting for it to turn, then 15-20kts on the nose to get to Pavilion after exiting the Huston. Pulled in right at dark.
If you have the winds and tides, it can be a nice trip.
Last weekend we did two nights at Rabbit. On the lay day, we took a loop from Rabbit to the Rabbit Key Grasses - up a little creek north to a lake and eventually joined the Lopez and looped back to Rabbit. It was a nice trip for Valentines Day weekend.
Hi Jay, Glad to hear about your two trips. We are waiting to commit to a destination our second night because of the winds so it may make sense for us to do something other than pavillion. Sounds like the inlet out of Huston can get messy when windy, and we were planning on taking a canoe so I don't want to push it. I'll be monitoring the winds and tides and will report back post trip!