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Kayaking the New River near Fort Lauderdale

Listed under Kayaking in Florida, United States.

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The Pond Apple is one of Florida's prominent native bromeliad species, and nowhere can you find it on better display than on a kayaking outing at the Pond Apple Slough, a 112-acre wetland preserve in Broward County, a little south of Fort Lauderdale. You get to the Pond Apple Slough by first paddling the south fork of the New River. The south fork is an undeveloped canal which still serves as a conduit for maritime industry, so the landscape is a combination of open land and commercial or residential structure.

The Pond Apple Slough is being restored to its former flow rates, and kayaking here is a way to view the struggle to preserve the inland weland environment and minimize human encroachment along the ed of the remaining Everglades. Along the way, you also have the chance to spot heron, ibis, and occasional iguanas at rest among the embankment foliage.

Aside from the ease of having all the equipment on hand and being familiar with the routes, leaving the kayaking to a local operator is also made easier because they are familiar with the changing conditions of the tides here. Atlantic Coast Kayak launches their kayaking adventure from Griffin Marine Park and then take you on a route of several miles lasting two to three hours along the South Fork and a series of canopied creeks. It is an easy to navigate route for the kayaker with some minimal experience, and even though there are boat yards in the area, it is largely free of the boat traffic you encounter on major arteries like the Intracoastal Waterway.

 

Written by  Hal Peat.

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