Field Paddle: Mangroves & Seagrass Meadows

An introduction to plant species and wildlife of the mangrove and seagrass ecosystems in Biscayne National Park

Quick Details

Available Days: Fridays and Saturdays, please see calendar

Duration: 3 hours

Start Time: 9:00 a.m

Cost: $39

This activity is not recommended for Novice paddlers.

Friday’s route is to Crocodile Creek and is more difficult and recommended for Skilled paddlers.

Saturday’s route is Mowry Canal and this is recommended for Experienced paddlers.

 

Explore Biscayne National Park’s watery trails!

Join our Naturalist in exploring the mangroves and seagrass meadows on a kayak or canoe! Biscayne National Park boasts one of the longest contiguous stretches of mangrove shoreline left on the United States’ eastern shoreline and are considered a vulnerable habitat. Mangroves are home to many birds, tree crabs, the mangrove snake, juvenile fish, and several rare and endangered species of flora and fauna.

Routes:

We have two different routes for this program. On Fridays we go to Crocodile Creek and on Saturdays we go to Mowry Canal. For your safety and enjoyment, as well as the safety and enjoyment of the other participants of this activity, please read below about the different skill requirements for each route carefully before registering for a date.

Crocodile Creek:

On Fridays we will go to Crocodile Creek. This route is weather permitting and may be changed to Mowry Canal by the Naturalist for your safety and enjoyment.

This is a route for is more difficult and is for Skilled paddlers who can confidently paddle in open water without instruction and can recover their kayak in the case of a capsize. Capsizing is rare but there is always the potential to capsized in  kayak. Canoes are not used on this route.

Mowry Canal:

On Saturdays we will go to Mowry Canal. This route is for Experienced paddlers confidently paddle in open water with little to no instruction and have knowledge on how to recover their paddle craft in the case of a capsize. Capsizing is rare but there is always the potential to capsized in a canoe or kayak. Both canoes and kayaks are used on this route.

What to Expect:

This guided paddle is for experienced to skilled paddlers ages 9 years and older curious about the mysteries of the mangroves.

This program is led by a professional naturalist and the group size is limited to 8 participants on up to 4 paddle crafts. Please note canoes and kayaks are for 2 people and you may be paired up with someone outside of your party to limit the number of paddle craft on the tour.

During this program, you spend about two and a half hours out on the water. This trip requires endurance and covers 2-5 miles of water.

All paddlers will be given a life jacket and will be required to wear it throughout the paddle.

Protective foot wear required,  flip-flops are not permitted.

Be Prepared:

Remember to bring your insect repellent, sun-glasses, sun-hat, sun-screen, water-shoes, dry bag, water, and snacks.  If you forget anything, these items are sold in our park store. Do not bring anything you do not want to get wet!