There are so many variables to doing the waterway! The planning may even be harder than the paddle!
Browse through all the options below and our helpful Waterway Resources page to get a rough plan together.
When you are ready, please give our, Wilderness Waterway Coordinators, a call to make sure all your planning is on the right track. (305) 282 – 5408
“Using your own car is the ideal shuttle”.
Note: The rates below are for transport to your trail head only and do not include canoe rentals.
Shuttle Only Rates: for Paddlers with their own boats.
For One Day Shuttles from Everglades City to Flamingo or Vice Versa Paddlers will:
The Hostel will:
Tips for a good Wilderness Waterway Trip.
Arrive a day ahead of time! We feel that trying to Fly into Florida; pull your permit and get to your first night camping on the same day is insane and causes undue stress for everyone! In fact we just can’t let you do this to yourself so we most likely will pass on the shuttle if this is your plan.
See you upon return if you have our canoe, we love it when they come back on time!
1 Day Shuttles:
Note: These rates are for transport only and do not include canoe rentals. Shuttle Only Rates for Paddlers Renting Hostel’s Canoes
Same tips above are still good for Loops in the Flamingo area or 1 day paddles that need shuttles.
2 Day Shuttles – Without a car
Shuttle service will be completed in two stages. Start Day “Stage 1″ & End Day “Stage 2″.
Shuttle Only Rates for Paddlers Renting Hostel’s Canoes
Shuttle Only Rates for Paddlers with their own boats.
Note: These rates are for transport only and do not include canoe rentals.
Stage 1- for entire Wilderness Waterway Paddlers without a car.
Stage 2 – At this point we offer 2 options for pick up on a 2nd shuttle run.
Tips for a good Wilderness Waterway trip.
Arrive a day ahead of time! We feel that trying to Fly into Florida; pull your permit and get to your first night camping on the same day is insane and causes undue stress for everyone! In fact we just can’t let you do this to yourself so we most likely will pass on the shuttle if this is your plan…
Ideal shuttle if you will be without a car!
Day 1 – Fly into Miami rent a car form Budget Car Rental- Call Paco at our Homestead location for great rates. (305) 247-8896 or Enterprise “The company that picks you up but lacks in personal service”, also has a Homestead location for drop off.
Drive to Hostel and Check-in for 1 night.
Get all last minute provisions with your rental car and return car to the rental agency (Enterprise will bring you back at their leisure). Get everything ready for early departure.
Day 2 – Driver shuttles you and gear to your start point ranger station (Flamingo or Everglades City) starting any time after 8am. Unload at ranger station boat ramp. Driver leaves. Pull your permit at rangers station. Make your test paddle to local walk-in campground; (Flamingo or Chokoloskee) take advantage of last chance to pick-up anything you might have forgotten. Get a good nights sleep.
Day 3 – Paddle out first thing in the morning on your big adventure well prepared.
Day X – Arrive at planed finish point on planed finish date. Call hostel to inform of arrival and set approx. pick-up time. Camp at local walk-in campground (Flamingo/Chokoloskee).
Day X+1 – Be ready for pick-up at scheduled time and place. Driver Shuttles you to Hostel. Check-in at the hostel for 1 night.
Day X+2 – Check-out from Hostel. Pick-up rental car and drive to airport. Both Enterprise and Budget car rentals have Homestead locations. When reserving your car to be picked up at the airport make sure they know you will be returning it to Homestead.
If you schedule a set time for pick-up on the day you are coming off the water, the charge is $25 per hour until you arrive at pick up location. We highly recommend arranging pick-up the day after you come off the water. Camping is available at Chokoloskee and Flamingo.
Please have all your gear in one location as close to the road as possible. a $25 to $75 charge will apply if driver has to wait or help haul your gear to van. Time change requests on the day of shuttle are $75 to $100, based upon availability.
Date change requests for pick up or drop is $75 to $300, based upon availability.
Change of location on day of pick up or drop off is $50 to $300.
Why should I camp before heading off on the waterway?
This allows you to make a test trip so you can try everything out and check your provisioning before setting out into the wilderness plus you can only get your permits in person at the ranger station no more than 24hrs in advance.
Please give our Wilderness Waterway Coordinators a call at (305) 2828-5408.
Brainstorm all your possibilities. Help make arrangements to receive your supply packages. Reserve your shuttles and canoe rentals.