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Everglades City is a mile long mangrove island with crab houses, shops,
restaurants, motels, marinas, museums, an airport, canoe & kayak guided
adventures, aerotours, boat tours, airboat rides, canoe/kayak/bicycle
rentals and nice walking paths. It is known
as 'the fishing and stone crab capital of Southwest Florida' and is one
end of the Wilderness Waterway, the Everglades backcountry route linking
Everglades City to Flamingo.
minutes by powerboat from Everglades City you can visit a secluded beach
or explore a mangrove tunnel.
Spend the day canoeing, kayaking, biking, or hiking in the Everglades
National Park or surrounding areas.
in the area include:
Airboat Tour through the Everglades
Pontoon Boat ride through the 10,000 islands
Everglades National Park Boat Tour
Tram Ride through the Everglades
Swamp Buggy Tour through a Cypress Forest
Alligator Farm Tour
Tour of The Museum of the Everglades
Native Indian Village tour
Everglades Wilderness Waterway extends 99 miles between Everglades
City to the West and Flamingo to the East where the vast saw grass
marsh of the Everglades meets the sea . An unspoiled realm of mangroves,
hidden coves, and isles with sandy beaches abounds with wildlife.
This remote wilderness waterway is yours to explore. Back Country
Marina provides day trips or overnight trips utilizing the camp
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in Everglades City including the Everglades City Museum and the Gulf Coast
Everglades City Museum is located at 105 Broadway Ave. West The
Collier County Museum's branch facility in Everglades City provides visitors
with an in-depth look at over 2,000 years of human history in Southwest
Florida's unique "River of Grass". Museum of the Everglades offers a unique
look back at Collier County's development in the early 1920's. Permanent
exhibits feature Barron G. Collier's successful transformation of a pioneer
village into a modern 1920's town and his fulfillment of a promise to
complete the road (the Tamiami Trail) that would open the area to tourism
and development. Florida Archaeology Day at the museum and Old Florida
Festival at the Everglades Museum are a celebration of 6000 years of South
Florida history . Please phone 941-695-0008
for more information.
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Historical Everglades City Rod and Gun Club
is built on the original structure of the first permanent white settler
who founded Everglades City in 1864. The
club has been a gathering place for hunting and fishing enthusiasts -
many of them famous. The Rod & Gun Club is still run as a lodge and restaurant
today. The club has hosted international dignitaries, celebrities and
several U.S. presidents including : Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Hoover
and Nixon; John Wayne, Chuck Conners, Burl Ives, Ernest Hemingway, Mick
Jagger and Burt Reynolds.
The Gulf Coast Visitor Center Information Center,
Gulf Coast Visitor Center is located in Everglades City, in the northwest
corner of the park. The visitor center has natural history exhibits, and
information, and issues backcountry permits and park passes. It is open
daily from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm November to April, and 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
May to November. Gulf Coast is the gateway for exploring the Ten Thousand
Islands, a maze of mangrove islands and waterways that extends south to
Flamingo and Florida Bay.
A 1 hour 45 minute narrated boat trip provides an overall description
of this saltwater ecosystem. Canoes may be rented to explore Chokoloskee
Bay and the Turner River. For the more adventurous, the 99 mile (159 km)
Wilderness Waterway, accessible by canoe, kayak, or small motorboat, winds
through the mangrove islands all the way to Flamingo. Please phone: 239-695-4731
for more information.
Erv's Alligator Park,
Everglades City Visit the alligator park for tales from the Gator Man.
Attraction type: Park; Wildlife park
City is surrounded by several scenic parks, including Everglades National
Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Collier-Seminole State Park, and
Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve.
FISHING CHARTERS & GUIDES
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Diners can choose from hundreds of exciting restaurants with menus featuring
everything from spicy ethnic foods to hearty southern cooking with an
attitude! Because of the abundant fish and game found throughout Florida,
visitors have the opportunity to sample such native culinary delights
as sea bass, mahi mahi, red fish, grouper, as well as fresh native oysters,
clams, shrimp and crabs.
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COMMON EVERGLADES GAME FISH
distinct lateral line; high, divided dorsal fin; sloping forehead;
large mouth, protruding lower jaw; grows much larger than other snooks;
pelvic fin yellow. Where found: from central Florida and South
Texas south, usually INSHORE in coastal and brackish waters, along
mangrove shorelines, seawalls, and bridges; also on reefs and pilings
Size: most catches 5 to 8 pounds. *Florida Record: 44 lbs.,
last ray of dorsal fin extended into long filament; one dorsal fin;
back dark blue to green or greenish black, shading into bright silver
on the sides; may be brownish gold in estuarien waters; huge scales;
mouth large and points upward.
Where found: primarily INSHORE fish, although adult fish spawn
OFFSHORE where the ribbon-like larval stage of the fish can be found.
Size: most angler catchs 40 to 50 pounds. *Florida Record:
chin without barbels; copper bronze body, lighter shade in clear waters;
one to many spots at base of tail (rarely no spots); mouth horizontal
and openng downward; scales large. Where found: juveniles are
an INSHORE fish, migrating out of the estuaries at about 30 inches
(4 years) and joining the spawning population OFFSHORE.
Size: one of 27 inches weighs about 8 pounds. *Florida Record:
51 lbs., 8 ozs.
color gray, dark or iridescent blue above, shading to silvery sides,
in dark waters showing golden tints around breast; small permit have
teeth on tongue (none on pompano); no scutes; dorsal fin insertion
directly above that of the anal fin; 17 to 21 soft anal rays.
Where found: OFFSHORE on wrecks and debris, INSHORE on grass
flats, sand flats, and in channels; most abundant in south Florida,
with smaller specimens from every coastal county.
Size: common to 25 pounds. *Florida Record: 51 lbs., 8 ozs.
dark gray or green above, with sky blue tinges shading to silvery
and white below; numerous distinct round black spots on back, extending
to the dorsal fins and tail; black margin on posterior of tail; no
barbels; no scales on the soft dorsal fin; one or two prominent canine
teeth usually present at tip of upper jaw.
Where found: INSHORE and/or NEARSHORE over grass, sand and
sandy bottoms; move into slow-moving or still, deep waters in cold
weather. Size: common to 4 pounds on west coast, larger on
east coast. *Florida Record: 15 lbs., 6 ozs.
silvery color with bluish or greenish back; slender, round body; snout
long, conical, aiming downward and overhanging lower jaw; dark streaks
between scales on upper half of body and faint crossbands extending
down to lateral line; extremities of dorsal and caudal fins shaded
with black. Similar Fish: ladyfish, Elops saurus
Where found: primarily INSHORE fish inhabiting shallows of
the Florida Keys; found in shallows often less than 1 foot deep, usually
over lush grass flats, occasionally over white sand. Size:
3 to 5 pounds. *Florida Record: 15 lbs., 6 ozs.
color bluish-green to greenish-gold back and silvery or yellowish
belly; soft dorsal and anal fins almost identical in size; prominent
black spot on operculum (gill cover); black spot at the base of each
pectoral fin; no scales on throat.
Where found: common in both INSHORE waters and the open sea.
Size: usually 3 to 5 pounds. *Florida Record: 51 lbs
high arched back; 10 to 14 pairs of chin barbels; gray or black colored
body in adults; young have 4 to 6 vertical bars; has cobblestone-like
teeth capable of crushing oysters; scales large.
Where found: INSHORE fish common to bays and lagoons; bottom
dweller often found around oyster beds; also OFFSHORE.
Size: common to 30 pounds. *Florida Record: 93 lbs.
olive or gray body coloration with black blotches and brassy spots;
gently rounded preopercle. Similar Fish: gag M. microlepis; yellowfin
grouper, M. venenosa.
Where found: OFFSHORE species; adults associated with rocky
bottoms, reef, and drop off walls in water over 60 feet deep; young
may occur INSHORE in shallow water.
Size: common to 40 pounds, may attain weights exceeding 100
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Everglades National Park has been designated a World Heritage Site, an
International Biosphere Reserve, and a Wetland of International Importance.
Established in 1947, the Everglades National Park covers 4,000
sq mi in southern Florida extending from Lake Okeechobee southward to
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the gross total area acres of 1,399,078.26. The Everglades
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The Ten Thousand Islands is the coastal area in the Everglades National
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Some of the islands are landmasses called keys but many are clumps of
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