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Kayaking/Canoeing The Black Water River

We will be Kayaking/Canoeing for 3 - 4 hours on the Blackwater River. This will be a slow paced easy paddle on the river. Good for beginner to intermediate paddlers.

Entrance Fee: $5.00 for up to 8 people per car. Single Occupant Vehicle Entrance is $4.00

Kayaking: There are no on site kayak rentals but there are canoes. See below. There is no launch fee if using your own kayak. Launch time is 10 AM.

Canoe Rental: $5.30/hr. (on first come first serve basis from Collier Seminole and they have 20 on hand). Launch time is 10 AM so be 1/2 hr. early to rent and organize.

Additional Information: There are bathroom and water facilities at Collier-Seminole State Park. Low tide is at 11:50 AM and high tide at 5:16 PM.

Things to Bring:

  • Picnic Lunch or snacks (we will break for food)
  • Water or sensible liquids (please don't come if your don't have the sense to hydrate)
  • Insect Repellent
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Dry Bag (or ziplock)
  • An adventurous spirit

Driving Directions: From the intersection of US 41 (Tamiami Trail East) and Collier Blvd. (SR 951). Travel east, Collier-Seminole State Park will be 8 miles on the right just past CR 92.

About Collier Seminole State Park

Canoeing & Kayaking

There is a 13.6-mile canoe trail that flows down the twisting Black Water River through a mangrove forest. We will paddle for 3 - 4 hrs so approximately 1.5 - 2 hours each way. The distance will depend on our pace. Canoe rentals are on a first come first serve basis. There is no launching fee if you have your own canoe or kayak.


Experience the natural beauty and wildlife of the Everglades, as well as a forest of tropical trees at Collier-Seminole State Park. The 7,271-acre park lies partly within the great mangrove swamp of southern Florida, one of the largest mangrove swamps in the world. Collier-Seminole also contains one of the three original stands of the rare royal palm in Florida. The park is the site of a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, the last existing Bay City Walking Dredge. Built in 1924, it was used to build the Tamiami Trail Highway (U.S. 41) through the Everglades and Big Cypress Swamp, linking Tampa and Miami and opening southwest Florida to travelers.

Visitors to Collier-Seminole have the opportunity to explore the park's wilderness in many ways, including hiking, bicycling or canoeing. Collier-Seminole provides canoe rentals, as well as a boat ramp with access to the Blackwater River, where anglers can fish for both saltwater and freshwater fishing. Collier-Seminole offers full-facility, primitive and youth camping. The picnic areas have pavilions and grills for use on a first-come, first-served basis.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great trip. I really enjoyed the time, so relaxing in the tandem too and I felt safe. I like to say thank you guys so much for a beautiful experience and specially to Joe he gave me that chance to try it today.
    I will do it definitely again

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    November 17, 2012

  • Marie

    I'll try to load my tandem kayak for two other people to use.

    November 16, 2012

  • Marie

    Andrea is now going with Joe so that seat is taken.

    November 16, 2012

  • Tim

    Kayak rented for Saturday's festivities !

    November 12, 2012

  • Tim

    I respectfully ask, well in advance, for an open kayak.. and yes my legs are healing fine Thank You !

    October 15, 2012

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