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Kayaking Inland Waterways Near Fort Lauderdale

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Adjacent to a major south Florida coastal resort city but still in contact with some semi-rural natural environment is the kayaking available in this part of south Florida at the Richardson Historic Park in the Wilton Manors area. Here you can easily launch from a small wooden landing on either a single or tandem top-seated ocean or touring kayak and make a long three-hour paddle along the Middle River that circles the community of Wilton Manors.

Making the circle around what actually forms the inland island of Wilton Manors is a kayaking encounter into decades of an evolving mix of nature and suburban growth in this region of the U.S. You pass under the small bridges that link to Wilton Manors, and you pass a wide variety of both private dwellings and business bordering the river – from older single-family houses to new ultra-modern structures to apartment buildings and business locations. But it is not all development and human presence – there are plentiful stretches of still open land, and mangrove, palm, and wide-branched trees along the way One seasonal local resident you may glimpse in the water -- depending on the timing of your own visit -- is the manatee, the strange-looking but friendly mammal also known as the sea cow. Signs posted along the embankment indicate which areas are manatee-favored spots. A more frequent inhabitant is the iguana, which sometimes like to perch way down on the branches of trees overhanging the water.

Other than that, and occasional ducks stopping off for a rest, the Middle River is dark and inky and peaceful, its currents just as gentle as any inland canal with only occasional eddies at some bends that require a minimal extra effort to navigate. The river joins up at one point with the Intracoastal Waterway that leads out to the ocean, but your designated route only takes you in a circular passage around Wilton Manors. Atlantic Coastal Kayak, which is based here for kayak rentals and guided tours, also offers instruction and a number of other kayaking adventures further afield in Fort Lauderdale and around south Florida.

Atlantic Coast Kayak.

Written by  Hal Peat.

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