Nine Mile Pond Canoe Trail

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Lauren M
Portland, OR34 contributions
Dec 2021
We appreciate a good adventure and we paddle in kayaks a couple times a year with our kids (10 & 12). However, this "trail" ended up being quite difficult to follow. In fact, we could never find the beginning and instead had to traverse it backwards. That worked fine some of the time, but there were stretches with no visible marking poles and identical landscape that would make it VERY easy to get lost. Finding each subsequent pole was a fun game, but then not finding them felt a little scary. You have to concentrate so hard to find the poles that there is not really time to just relax into the surroundings. Some areas (around the 80s) were pretty difficult to paddle; maybe the water level was getting low? It took us 3 hours to paddle the short version (utilizing the shortcut), which includes 30 minutes we spent trying to find the beginning. Overall, the scenery was beautiful, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it with kids, and it would be really helpful if the poles could be a bright color or something more visible in the brush.
Written 3 January 2022
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Karen H
Priddis, Canada11 contributions
Feb 2020
We met our guide Skyler (so sweet and knowledgeable) at the pond. There were 6 canoes and her that headed out on the pond. There were 2 alligators swimming in water close to where we were so had to wait for them to clear out first! . We travelled through the mangrove tunnels. Skyler lead and banged on her kayak to warn any alligators or crocodiles that we were coming. We did pass one alligator but saw no crocodiles. One couple had a hard time steering the canoe around all the turns and Skyler made sure that they didn’t get left behind. Did get a few mosquitos so wish we would have put on repellent first. Skyler answered tons of questions during the trip. We learned so much and had such a great time.
Written 5 March 2020
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kmatson105
Rochester, NY33 contributions
Feb 2020
I believe that this is called the "canoe the wilderness" tour on the Everglades website. It requires a reservation that can be made up to 7 days in advance. It is FREE!! This was one of the most amazing things we did on our vacation. We met at 7:45 am at 9 mile pond, and a ranger led us on a 3 hour canoe trip through the pond. We watched the sun come up over the everglades. There was plenty of wildlife! We are not expert canoe people, and we had a few struggles to figure it out, but it was fun and so worth it! We had a lovely day in the park, and this was a stellar beginning.
Written 22 February 2020
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GoBlueTeacher
Ann Arbor, MI126 contributions
Dec 2019
We took a ranger-led canoe outing with a group of about 8 canoes and had a lovely time. We did not see any wildlife, but navigating the waterways and mangroves and seeing the ecosystem from this perspective was amazing. The trail is well-marked with tall white poles (numbered), and we could have easily navigated it on our own without a guide. Such a unique way (and free with a ranger!) to get off the road and see this River of Grass!
Written 15 January 2020
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nigni2002
Carimate, Italy2 667 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
What‘s best?!Thank to the lady Ranger (a little old, i do Not remenber the Name) who have US the possibility to have a good day. We enjoy the trip and we had a feeeling of Everglades. Take your reservation 7 days in advance by phone and meet the Ranger at the starting point that is the Nine mile... the Ranger at the phone explains everything anyway.
Written 31 December 2019
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ajb6335
Vancouver, Canada106 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
This was an amazing canoe trip for us. We paid for the canoe rental at the Flamingo General Store near the visitor centre - and then picked it up at Nine Mile Pond. While there are markers to guide you, some were very hard to locate, and you need some navigational skills. The environment is amazing and beautiful - lush mangroves everywhere and large birds -- but one wrong turn, and you'd be lost! However, if you can keep your concentration up, and keep your eye on the markers - you'll find your way. Marker 68 seemed to be missing though! That caused us to have to backtrack, which was challenging. We would have liked to tell the Park Ranger staff, but their visitor centre would have been closed by the time we finished. We did it - and it was a total adventure. Four and a half hours. It felt like a real accomplishment! Totally worth it!!
Written 18 May 2019
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Todd B
Fort Lauderdale, FL4 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
A stunning and unique wilderness paddling adventure. The trail is well-marked and easy to follow through ponds, mangrove tunnels and aquatic grass shallows.
Written 26 December 2018
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TheRealEmvp
5 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
Take advantage of this free guided canoe trip offered by the national park service. You will meet at nine mile pond in the morning, and launch from there. Call ahead up to a week in advance to reserve your spot, since it is free it fills up fast. For those who want to get out into the slough but are restricted to a small rental car, this is great because the canoes are on site and are free.

Keep in mind, this is not a bird watching or wildlife viewing trip, it is a canoe trip that provides an up close opportunity to see the different landscapes the everglades has to offer. We did see a very large crocodile and a few gators from afar. Other than that I thought it was a great opportunity to appreciate the vastness of the slough and the intricacies of the mangrove mangle.

Highly recommended for solo travelers!
Written 15 December 2018
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peter k
Maine, NY55 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
Take the free canoe trip that the park offers. You'll be treated to the backcountry up close--and when I went through there I saw the arrest alligator I've ever seen. Float through the sawgrass and penetrate the mangrove tunnels...you'll be glad you took this trip.
Written 15 February 2018
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CzWhux
UK184 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
NPS Rangers lead free canoe trips here. Do it!

A basic level of canoe competence is required, and you have to phone up to reserve in advance. But it is free and it is excellent. If you can, you should do this trip.

On the day we came it was very windy and canoeing conditions were more difficult than usual. Our Ranger was very patient, accommodating a very wide range of competence in the participants, but one party just had no idea so she had to take them back to the shore so they could get back out. We waited on the water until she got back (which was fine).

The Ranger made the trip for us. There is no way we would attempt this alone, and she was knowledgeable and interesting throughout. This is a top-class mangrove experience with excellent visibility of wildlife. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Written 9 February 2018
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