By Bonnie Gross, Florida Rambler - Everglades City is a fishing town that grew up around the Barron River, and that waterway is still the best way to appreciate this unspoiled historic outpost. A kayak trip on the Barron River also lets you sample a few of the nearest of the 10,000 Islands and get a bite-sized taste of this vast wilderness.
I took a three-hour kayak trip via Calusa Kayak Outfitters, based on the Barron River in Everglades City, on the docks next to City Seafood. These new outfitters specialize in family-oriented guided kayak trips, but they also rent kayaks for unguided explorers.
Someday I’ll paddler farther, explore more and camp overnight. For a daytrip from Fort Lauderdale, though, this kayak outing was perfect. My Florida Rambler partner Bob loves camping on these islands and he called my kayak outing “tame.” Yup. And sometimes that’s exactly what you’re looking for.
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