Canoe Rentals

Canoe Rentals

We can put a canoe on just about any car except convertibles

Click Here for a map of the entire park. We are located at the yellow dot in Florida City.

Click Here for Canoe Trail Descriptions

No penalty for late returns!
How late can you return your canoe on a “Calendar Day”? As long as the canoe is back before the sunrises so we can have it for that days renters, you are good!

Cut Off Time for Single Day Rental Pick Ups- 5 hours before sunset
Click Here for Sunset Times

Canoe Rental:

$30 per calendar day*
*Please Click Here to read the details on how and why we bill for canoes differently than any other “livery” in the country.

All Canoe Rentals Include:

  • Life-Vest
  • Paddles
  • Car mounting gear (4 foam blocks and 2 straps)
  • Instructions on how to load your canoe

Canoe Rentals

Canoe RentalsWe can put a canoe on just about any car except convertibles

No penalty for late returns!

How late can you return your canoe on a “Calendar Day”? As long as the canoe is back before the sunrises so we can have it for that days renters, you are good!

Cut Off Time for Single Day Rental Pick Ups- 5 hours before sunset
Click Here for Sunset Times

Canoe Rental:

$30 per calendar day*
*Please Click Here to read the details on how and why we bill for canoes differently than any other “livery” in the country.

All Canoe Rentals Include:

  • Life-Vest
  • Paddles
  • Car mounting gear (4 foam blocks and 2 straps)
  • Instructions on how to load your canoe

All Paddlers should bring :
Everything on the to Fully Enjoy Your Paddle List To Fully Enjoy Paddle

Unnecessary Rescues by Helicopter are becoming a yearly occurrence- Fines may be imposed and can go as high as $500,000- Avoid Unnecessary Rescues

 

Important Note: Since there is no boat launch at the hostel you will need to either transport or arrange for transport of all canoe rentals to your trail head.

Canoe Specs:
Old Town Discovery 174 Canoes or Old Town Penobscots.

Seats 2 to 3 people.
Length 17’4″ – Width 36″ – Depth 14″ – Weight 83 lbs. – Capacity 1080 lbs.

Hostel Shuttle Service

Shuttles for all the canoe trails in the Flamingo District and the Wilderness Waterway. Each Shuttle scenario is so unique that we have given a basic outline of costs below.

*Click Here & please email us your dates, plans and goals so we can help you arrange the best shuttle.

Hostel to any trail head in the Flamingo Ranger District.
$100 to $250 – 1 canoe only or people only (4 people max).
$500 to $700 – 2 to 10 canoes and 3 to 12 people.

Shuttles for the 11 day Wilderness Waterway from Flamingo to Everglades City or Vice Versa.
$350 to $700. From 1 person all the way to 10 canoes rented from the hostel or your own water craft(canoes or kayaks).

ALL SHUTTLE RATES CAN CHANGE SO PLEASE CALL FOR CURRENT RATES.
Call (305) 282 – 5408 for the Wilderness Waterway Coordinator.

Shuttles Reservations:
Please reserve ahead of time. Shuttle reservations are done by individual invoice. Once we have all the details we will email your personalized invoice.

A Release of Liability must be sign to participate in tours or rentals. You can download a Copy Here

Calendar Day Rental

*Our unique “per calendar day” “No Penalty for late returns” fee structure.
When we opened our little hostel in 1997 we charged normal fees just like every other canoe “livery” in the country. These were:

  • Hourly rates with time limits
  • Day rates with set return times
  • 24 hour rates that were truly based on a 24 hour pick up and drop off

We quickly discovered that with the “Travel Time” to the Flamingo Ranger Station to pull your permit, the travel time to any trail head, time to paddle from your last nights campsite to your trail head & the drive time back to the hostel, Made a “Normal Rate Structure” with penalties for late returns just plain dishonest.

An example of a 24 hour fee structure would be; If you picked up your canoe from us at 8:00am and your last night was at Pearl Bay, to get back to us by 8:00am on your return day would mean breaking camp at 3:00am!

We quickly learned that no one could enjoy a paddle and get back to us without being late. If we kept the normal fee structure we would know you Will Be Late! That is just wrong to know it and keep the normal rate structure and get rich in late fees! (Well not rich but you get the picture).

So we got rid of time limits and set our fees to what we feel is an honest & affordable rate that actually comes out to below Flamingo’s rates, the only other canoe rental option! Since you have the canoe on your car, you can enjoy any of the parks trails at anytime.

No worries when you go to pull your back country permit and have to start your trip at any place other than Flamingo.

For day paddles at 9 mile pond you don’t have to drive back and forth from the flamingo marina and again no clock is ticking

If 9 mile pond seems to crowded there are many other great day paddles if you have your “own” canoe.

The last and most important reason is “Enjoying YOUR TIME in the Park”. When you are driving out of the park and Bigfoot is on the side of the road posing for pictures you can take all the time in the world to capture these rare images with no penalty for your late canoe return! (We haven’t seen any pics of Bigfoot but we do here great stories like: “We saw a panther!” “We saw a bear?! Are there really bears in the park?” “We saw a python, a rattlesnake, an alligator right in the road.”)

Pros and Cons – Hostel vs Flamingo Marina

Hostel Pro’s – Take your canoe anywhere- no clock ticking.
Hostel Con’s – You have to put the canoe on your car.

Flamingo Pro’s – You don’t have to and can’t put the canoe on your car.
Flamingo Con’s – limited canoe trail options and strict time limits.

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