I have been camping in the Everglades for a few years now but I have never visited any of the beach sites. I am camping out of a skiff and was wondering which beach sites are the easiest to access by boat?
Thank you. Yes I am aware of the camping permits. I specifically wanted to know about Highland Beach. I did notice that there was going to be about a 3ft tide swing when i am planing to go and if that would make it hard to beach a boat (7" draft). Also my buddy will have a a bigger boat that drafts 12-14" and was worried about him.they are easy to access via skiff, plan with the tides.
but you will have to register to camp.
I remember those pictures!Graveyard Creek has a campsite on the ground at the western side of the creek at the entrance... At low tide the creek is well protected by several oyster bars so look for them -but you've not likely to get dry stranded...
As already noted about all the beaches on the west side of the 'glades between Lostman's and Cape Sable - be very cautious about wind direction there.. if the wind starts blowing out of the west (or southwest or northwest) you may not be able to leave your boat there, since the entire shoreline will shift on you, pull your craft's anchor setup and push your hull up onto the beach and proceed to fill it with sand and pretty much bury it... Usually at this point someone will trot out some photos of nice skiffs - pretty much buried in sand - not a pretty picture at all...
I really like Picnic Key. There's a nice elevated white sand beach and you can tie up on the inside away from any wind or weather. The channel between Picnic and Tiger keys is deep--fun to sit by the fire at night, have a beer or two, and soak a bait for big sharks! Easy access to lots of good fishing spots.I have been camping in the Everglades for a few years now but I have never visited any of the beach sites. I am camping out of a skiff and was wondering which beach sites are the easiest to access by boat?
It is something to see "Feeding Time at The Harney"Enjoyed re-reading this old thread...
That area northwest of Graveyard? That's the Harney river ( and for a mile or so every opening you see is part of the Harney system...). When we're fishing the coast instead of the interior that's one of several areas you might find me -somewhere between Graveyard Creek and Highland Beach when I'm fishing out of Flamingo. Most days when I'm up that way, the only other boats I see have come from the other end of the Park (Chokoloskee or Everglades City...).