Kayak Camp on Panther Key

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Camping, Kayaking, Swimming

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

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Dan Barr

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The 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge on the western tip of Southern Florida is home to an amazing variety of wildlife, plants, and scenery, of which Panther Key is no exception.

To reach Panther Key, kayaking and navigation of the tides and mangrove islands is a necessity. The Everglades National Park ranger station in Everglades City is the closest put-in point for kayaks, and from there its a 12 mile paddle to Panther Key.

This is a great adventure on which to visit multiple keys to stop and camp on, to make the paddling distance each day more manageable. Tiger Key within Everglades National Park, and for which a backcountry permit is required, is an excellent additional key to visit and camp at during such a trip.

As with any sea kayaking trip, access to fresh water for the duration of the trip is paramount. There is no fresh water on any of the keys within the 10,000 Islands, so bringing enough with you in dromedary bags is crucial to staving off dehydration.

Winter is the best time to visit, as the temperatures are still in the upper 70's to low 80's, but the humidity is low and the mosquitos/no-see-ems are fewer. 

For the latest conditions within Everglades National Park and surrounding regions, as well as information about permits, tides, wildlife, and everything else pertaining to a backcountry trip into the 10,000 Islands, be certain to contact the Everglades National Park and 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge offices.

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Activities

Camping, Kayaking, Swimming

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Added by

Dan Barr

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