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Canoeing and Kayaking at Biscayne National Park

Exploring the rich mangrove coastlines

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Canoeing and Kayaking in Biscayne National Park

Exploring Florida's Mangrove Shoreline

Canoeing and Kayaking in Biscayne National Park are a fun way to explore the mangrove coastlines lining the bay.

Canoeing in Biscayne National Park

Along the canals and creeks waters are sheltered and calm which makes it very easy and enjoyable for novice paddlers.

Canoeing in Biscayne National Park - Mangroves

Durign the winter/spring months, the mangroves are teeming with wildlife, there are many kinds of birds to be seen along the shores and nesting on trees: egrets, herons, ibis, cormorants, osprey...

Canoeing in Biscayne National Park - Birds

Close to shore keep your eyes open for tiny crabs, and underwater you might see snook darting about, rays and even a fleeting view of a manatee snout coming up for air. There's much to see and enjoy if you take the time!

This is a great place also to learn about the mangrove ecosystem, and the different types of mangroves. Take advantage of ranger-led canoe tours and programs, they are not only fun and informative, they are also FREE!

Canoeing in Biscayne National Park - Mangrove Forest

Out on the bay, the waters open up to magnificent views, there are many tiny islands with plenty of wildlife as well.

Canoeing in Biscayne National Park - Birds

Canoe, Paddleboard and Kayak Rentals

You are free to bring your own canoe, paddleboard or kayak and launch from the Visitor Center jetty or Black Point Marina. There are rentals available Wednesday through Sunday only, through the park's outfitter, Necflo Paddlesports.

The canoes, kayaks and paddleboards are all kept neatly right next to the launching site for easy in and out of the water, totally hassle free.

Canoeing in Biscayne National Park - Rentals and Launch Site

There are single and double kayaks, paddleboards and canoes available.

Rental concession opens 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. Last rental is at 4:00 p.m.

Rental rates:

  • Single kayaks and S.U.P.'s: $20 for 1st hour; $10 for each additional hour.
  • Double kayak: $25 for 1st hour; $10 for each additional hour.
  • Half day rentals: $50 for 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Full day rentals: $90 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Canoes: $40 for 1st hour; $20 for each additional hour.

For more info call Necflo Paddlesports at (305)390-0393.

If you have your own, you can also launch from Black Point Marina to the north of the Visitor Center. See the Map here.

Canoe and Kayak Trails Within Biscayne National Park

  • Mowry Canal Paddle - 2 miles round trip, easiest for beginners. Launches from the Visitor Center and paddles north through the mangroves. Then enters the Mowry Canal and heads inland and back out the same way then circling through the islands back to the Visitor Center. Look for Manatees along the canal during the "cold" season, they love the warm protected waters... See Map.

  • Crocodile Creek Paddle - 3.75 miles round trip. Launches from the Visitor Center and heads out towards the bay and through the mangrove channels circles back towards the mainland and enters Crocodile Creek from the north. Proceed north along the mangrove coast towards Homestead Bayfront Park and back to the Visitor Center. See Map.

  • Black Point Paddle - 10 miles round trip. Launches from the Visitor Center and paddles north through the mangrove coastline and canals to Black Point Marina and Ocean Grill. See Map.

  • Deering Point Paddle - 15 miles round trip. Launches from Deering Point/Snowden's Dam at 17350 Old Cutler Rd, Palmetto Bay and paddles south along the mangroves to Black Point Marina and Ocean Grill and back. See Map.

  • Elliott Key Paddle - 17 miles round trip. Launches from the Visitor Center and heads east out into Biscayne Bay to reach Elliott Key where you dock in the harbor or swim area. There is a visitor center in Elliott Key, restrooms and hiking trails. See Map.

  • Jones Lagoon Trails - this is the vast area south of Adams Key and Caesar Creek made up of lagoons, creeks and channels, there is even a rookery within Jones Lagoon. The area can be explored using Elliott Key as a base or if you come by boat, there are a handful of anchoring areas. See Map of Jones Lagoon Trails and Anchor Dropoff Points

    There is also a full day guided paddle and snorkel trip that brings you to Jones Lagoon from the Visitor Center. Tours start at 10:00 am and return at about 4:30 pm. Kayaks, SUPs and canoes are provided, you can bring your own snorkel gear as this might be on limited supply. Tour groups limited to 6 people. Cost per adult $129 or $690 for a private boat trip for up to 6. Jones Lagoon Paddle and Snorkel Adventure More info and booking.

FREE Guided Canoe and Kayak Tours

Canoeing in Biscayne National Park - Rentals and Launch Site

That's right, FREE guided canoe and kayak tours are offered by the park several times per month mainly during peak times from January through April.

During these 2 to 3 hour tours, a park guide will take you along the mangrove forests and the waters of the bay, explain all about local wildlife and ecosystems, provide paddling instruction if needed as well as equipment necessary i.e. canoe, paddles, vests, etc.

Tours depart either from the Visitor Center or from the Black Point Marina. Maximum number of paddlers per canoe is three, per kayak is two.

You MUST call and make reservations: 305-230-7275. Spaces are limited and fill up fast!

What to Bring?

  • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Drinking Water
  • Snacks
  • Aquasocks or Tevas
  • Fast-drying clothing preferable

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Things to do at Biscayne Bay National Park Quicklinks:

| The Dante Fascell Visitor Center |

| Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddleboarding on the Bay and along the Mangrove Shoreline |

| Snorkeling the Coral Reefs |

| Trip to Boca Chita Key |

| Trails and Boardwalks |

| Biscayne National Park Map |

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