Visit Everglades City and the Ten Thousand Islands of Southwest Florida, the Everglades
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In the 10,000 Islands & Everglades National Park

Step into the enchanting world of boating in the magnificent 10,000 Islands! It’s an experience like no other. But before you set sail, let’s make sure you’re equipped with some valuable knowledge.

Knowing the waters and understanding the tides are essential components of a successful day out on the waves. Our waters can be deceptively shallow, which might prove challenging for even the most experienced boaters, not to mention first-time visitors.

Don’t fret, we’re here to lend a helping hand and share our insights to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time exploring the 10,000 Islands.

Boaters Course Required

Keep in mind that if you’re setting sail from Everglades City or Chokoloskee (two of our favorite fishing spots), you’ll be cruising through the beautiful Everglades National Park. To fish in Everglades National Park waters, you must take and pass a free Boater Safety Course online.

This one-hour course is mandatory for both visitors and residents, and Park Rangers are strictly enforcing it with ticketing.

Boat Docks & Ramps


Gulf Coast Visitor Center boat launch  Website   |   Map

Behind Rod & Gun Club  Website   |   Map

Behind Glades Haven General Store  Website   |   Map

Beside Captains Table Hotel & Restaurant Website   |   Map

The Fishing Hole (Boat Ramp)  Map

Port of the Islands  Website   |   Map

Manatee Protection Zones / No Wake Zones

The FWC restricts the speed and operation of vessels where necessary to protect manatees from harmful collisions with vessels and from harassment. Help us protect the Manatee by knowing and following the speed limits.

Area Tide Data
Fishing Everglades City and the 10000 islands

Where To Go


Collier Seminole State Park Naples

Marina / Launch

Port of the Islands Marina

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