Picnic Key

Everglades City, Florida 34139

Picnic Key

Picnic Key Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This day trip starts at Everglades City and crosses Chokoloskee Bay to a channel
between the many mangrove keys to the west. The destination is a great lunch spot
on Picnic Key at the western fringe of this mangrove archipelago, a little over 6 miles
from Everglades City. Picnic Key features long, sandy beaches and views of lone mangrove trees on sandbanks, and presents a striking contrast to the enclosed atmosphere
deeper between the islands."

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Trail Information

Everglades City
Nearby City
Full day
Paddle out to Picnic Key on a falling tide and return on a rising tide, if possible. Launch from Everglades City with at least 2 hours of remaining falling tide. (For example, if high water is at 9 a.m., launch between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.) The tidal streams will give you quite a lot of assistance. There’s not much more than 4 feet of tidal range, but a lot of water drains through these narrow channels.
Tidal Information
Indian Key Pass carries a lot of small boat traffic at times. It can be safer and more relaxing if you keep to the side of the marked channel. The route will take you out from the shelter of the keys to the open Gulf coast, where wave conditions may be different. Check at the Everglades National Park office by the launch ramp for likely conditions before you set out.
Waterproof Charts #41; NOAA chart #11430
Local Maps

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Dec 2018