Shuttle Services

Shuttle Services for Wilderness Waterway

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.

Make sure all your planning is on the right track!

Call our Wilderness Waterway Coordinators directly: 1-305-282 – 5408

 

The Wilderness Waterway 1 Day Shuttles
Only for Paddlers who can leave a Car at the End Point- Flamingo; Everglades City

Rates for Paddlers Renting Hostel Canoes:

  • $350 – 1 canoe; 2 to 3 people max
  • $375- 2 canoes; 6 people max
  • $400- 3 to 10 canoes: 6 people max
  • $30- 1 Canoe – PER “CALENDAR” DAY
    (Canoe rental rates are in addition to Shuttle Rates)
  • Rates for Paddlers with Their Own Boats.

    • $425- 1 canoe; 2 to 3 people max
    • $500- 2 to 4 canoes; 6 people max
    • $600- 5 to 10 canoes; 6 people max

    Flamingo Loop 1 Day Shuttles
    Only for Paddlers who can leave a Car at their End Point-Hell’s Bay; West Lake; Coot Bay Pond; Flamingo

    Rates for Paddlers Renting Hostel Canoes:

    • $150 – 1 canoe; 2 to 3 people max
    • $200 – 2 to 4 canoes; 6 people max
    • $300 -5 to 10 canoes; 6 people max
    • $30- 1 Canoe – PER “CALENDAR” DAY
      (Canoe rental rates are in addition to Shuttle Rates)

    Rates for Paddlers with Their Own Boats:

    • $200 – 1 canoe; 2 to 3 people max
    • $250 – 2 to 4 canoes; 6 people max
    • $350 -5 to 10 canoes; 6 people max

     

    How a 1 Day Shuttles will work best for Paddlers who can leave A Car at their End Point:

    • Check with the park to see if you can pull your permit at your End Point Ranger Station instead of your Start Point Ranger Station
      ( Flamingo Ranger Station-239-695-2945)
      ( Gulf Coast Visitor Center-239-695-3311)
    • Drive your personal vehicle to your End Point
      • If necessary, stop at the Everglades Hostel, in Florida City, to make final arrangements, payments and complete any paperwork
      • If you are renting Hostel Canoes make sure you place the “Car Topper Gear” in your car before heading off to your End Point
      • If necessary, load the shuttle vehicle with your Waterway gear before heading off to drop your car at your End Point
    • Organize your gear if it is still in your car for a quick pick up to get you to your start point (we  recommend Pick Ups by 10:00 am)
    • Your shuttle vehicle will pick you up at head straight to your Start Point determined by your Back Country Permit (be ready for a 3 hour drive or more)

     

    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.

    • Permits can only be pulled in person at Rangers Station in Flamingo or Everglades City and no more than 24 hours in advance.
      ( Flamingo Ranger Station-239-695-2945)
      ( Gulf Coast Visitor Center-239-695-3311)
    • Have at least 3 routes planned out since your permit is like a lottery, you won’t know what you’ll get till you get to the ranger station.
    • Make sure your gear is easy to move from your car to ours.
    • PLEASE make sure the ”Car Topper Gear” we gave you at the hostel stays in your car!
    • Driver shuttles you and gear to your start point with a stop at the hostel to finalize any details or paperwork.
    • We recommend you spend your first night at your nearest start point walk-on campground (Flamingo/Chokoloskee).
    • Make your test paddle and take advantage of last chance to pick-up anything you might have forgotten.
    • Get a good nights sleep.
    • Have a great trip!

    See you upon return if you have our canoe, we love it when they come back on time!

    The Wilderness Waterway 2 Day Shuttles

    Only for Paddlers Without a Car- Flamingo; Everglades City
    Shuttle service will be completed in two stages. Start Day “Stage 1″ & End Day “Stage 2″

    Rates for Paddlers Renting Hostel Canoes:

  • $650 – 1 canoe; 2 to 3 people max
  • $700- 2 canoes; 6 people max
  • $750- 3 to 10 canoes: 6 people max
  • $30- 1 Canoe – PER “CALENDAR” DAY
    (Canoe rental rates are in addition to Shuttle Rates)
  • Rates for Paddlers with Their Own Boats.

    • $800- 1 canoe; 2 to 3 people max
    • $950- 2 to 4 canoes; 6 people max
    • $1150- 5 to 10 canoes; 6 people max

    Flamingo Loop 2 Day Shuttles

    Only for Paddlers who can leave a Car at their End Point-Hell’s Bay; West Lake; Coot Bay Pond; Flamingo

    Rates for Paddlers Renting Hostel Canoes:

    • $300 – 1 canoe; 2 to 3 people max
    • $400 – 2 to 4 canoes; 6 people max
    • $600 -5 to 10 canoes; 6 people max
    • $30- 1 Canoe – PER “CALENDAR” DAY
      (Canoe rental rates are in addition to Shuttle Rates)

    Rates for Paddlers with Their Own Boats:

    • $400 – 1 canoe; 2 to 3 people max
    • $500 – 2 to 4 canoes; 6 people max
    • $700 -5 to 10 canoes; 6 people max

     

    Stage 1- Start Point Drop Off’s- Paddlers without a car.

    Paddlers will:

    • Arrive at Everglades Hostel and Tours, in Florida City
    • Finalize any details; payments and complete liability waivers
    • Hop in the shuttle vehicle and drive to your Start Point
    • Pull permit at that ranger station
    • Driver will wait to take you to the closest place for launch where you will camp (make camping reservations as soon as you have your dates set!)
    • Call the  hostel and give them your Camp Site for your last in the Back Country

    Stage 2 – End Point Pick Up’s-We offer 2 options for Pick Up for 2 Day Shuttles:

    Option 1- Set Pick Up Time:

    • Camp at your End Points closest campground
    • Pick you up will be the next day at a pre arranged time

    Option 2- Call for Pick Up:

    • When you come off the water call the hostel
    • Be ready to wait for 2 to 5 hours
    • If you arrive after 5pm be prepared to camp
    • Pick you up will be the next day at a pre arranged time
    • Have your gear packed and at the parking lot before Pick Up time (see additional fees)

     

    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.

    Additional Fees:
    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.

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