Kayaker Jerry McBride recounts his camping trip to the Everglades, just in time for you to plan one for yourself. Below, a few photos and planning tips.
For a full list of campsites in ENP, click here.
Kayak Camping Venues Not in ENP
Talbot Island State Park actually encompasses seven local state parks. Jacksonville. (904) 251-2320; www.floridastateparks.org/bigtalbotisland
East Central Florida:
Indian River Lagoon spoil islands bisect the Intracoastal Waterway in St. Lucie, Indian River and Brevard counties; www.spoilislandproject.org; click on Interactive Maps to find Active Islands designated for recreation.
West Central Florida:
Fort DeSoto Park has multiple boat ramps and campgrounds right off the beach; Busy place, so make reservations online or by phone. Tierra Verde, (727) 893-9185; www.pinellascounty.org/park/05_Ft_Desoto.htm
Marquesas Islands offers great kayak fishing, but if you want to pitch a tent, bring a big mothership—no camping allowed ashore.
St. Joseph Peninsula St. Park offers incredible fishing and scenery, cabins and campground. Port St. Joe, (850) 227-1327
Big Lagoon State Park features great fishing, birdwatching and crabbing for kayakers, and a campsite with water and electricity. (850) 492-1595; www.floridastateparks.org/biglagoon