Kayak & Canoe

Articles and photos about paddling destinations in Florida for kayaks and canoes, wildlife paddles, wilderness rivers, wilderness paddling.

The view along Everglades National Park Hell’s Bay Kayak Trail. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)
Everglades, Kayak & Canoe, Southeast Florida

Everglades National Park Hell’s Bay Kayak Trail: The name is a hint

Whoever named this kayak trail Hell’s Bay was giving you a hint: It won’t be easy. During National Parks Week at the end of April, I paddled this forbiddingly named trail. It’s mile after mile of mangroves with tight twists and turns that make going slow. If you’re heading for a backcountry camping site — a chickee on a platform in the middle of the Everglades wilderness — then this trail is worth the trouble. If not, well, I have some suggestions for you.


Shoreline of Blue Cypress Lake. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)
Birding, Central Florida, Fishing, Kayak & Canoe, Photography

Kayaking Blue Cypress Lake: Exceptional scenery, so many ospreys, near Yeehaw Junction

Chances are, you’ve never heard of Blue Cypress Lake near Yeehaw Junction. If that’s so, you’re missing a spectacular natural lake rimmed by old growth cypress trees and home to hundreds of ospreys and osprey nests. This lake is the headwaters of the mighty St. Johns River. What a great kayak destination!