A Garmin Handheld GPS will be used for this trip!
Port of the Islands is the gateway to The Ten Thousand Islands and the largest expanse of mangrove forest in North America. This will be a four hour kayaking tour which will penetrate deep into the mangrove forest with huge canopies creating mangrove tunnels for your paddling enjoyment.
Tide Information: High tide at 5:03 AM, Low tide at 11:00 PM, High tide 3:56 PM
Level: Advanced because we will be kayaking for 4 hours not counting lunch break and traversing 6.4 nautical miles. You must be in good physical condition and be able to kayak for that amount of time and distance.
Directions: Port of the Islands Marina is 14miles SE of CR-951 (Collier Blvd.) off US-41 or 10miles NW of SR-29 off US-41.
Kayak rentals are "not" available here so read carefully: you can pick up a kayak rental from Naples Kayak Company
Kayak Rentals read carefully: Call at least 2 days in advance.
Naples Kayak Company[masked],[masked]th Street South, Naples, FL 34102 see link. $10 fee for foam blocks to load on car.
- $49.95 for a single all day
- $59.95 for a double all day
Kayak Launch Fee at marina: $8.00
Additional Information: There are bathroom and water facilities at the Port of the Islands Marina. Parking is free.
Things to Bring:
- Picnic Lunch or snacks (we will break for food)
- Water or sensible liquids
- Insect Repellent
- Dry Bag (or ziplock)
- An adventurous spirit
Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Ten Thousand Islands NWR is located in Collier County on the southwest coast of Florida. Established in 1996, this 35,000 acres refuge protects important mangrove habitats and a rich diversity of native wildlife, including several endangered species.
Approximately two thirds of the refuge is mangrove forest, which dominates most tidal fringes and the numerous islands (or keys). The northern third of the refuge consists of brackish marsh and interspersed ponds, and small coastal hammocks of oak, cabbage palms, and tropical hardwoods such as gumbo limbo.
Roughly 200 species of fish have been documented in the area and much of the sea grass beds and mangrove bottoms serve as vital nursery areas for marine fish. Over 189 species of birds use the refuge at some time during the year. Prominent bird groups include wading birds, shorebirds, diving water birds, and raptors. Common mammals found in the area include raccoon, river otter, and bottle-nosed dolphins.
Notable threatened and endangered species include West Indian manatee, bald eagle, peregrine falcon, wood stork, and the Atlantic loggerhead, green, and Kemp's Ridley sea turles