The Everglades System is a slowing moving sheet of water 60 miles wide and 100 miles long that stretches from Orlando to the southern tip of mainland Florida. Where the water meets the land, the mighty mangrove tree holds it all together and provides sanctuary for juvenile creatures of all species. Crocodiles, sawfish, tarpon and manatees all inhabit its waters.
With such a wide variety of activities to choose from, It’s no wonder over 1 million people from around the world visit The Everglades each year. Whether you are a fisherman, a hunter, kayaker, boater, diver, camper, bird watcher, canoeist, or scientist the Glades are in your soul.
Man has tried to conquer the Everglades time and again. Despite drainage efforts, pollution and rampant development, the Everglades have survived, but they need our help. The Everglades are threatened by Florida’s seemingly undeterred development which swallows up wetlands and wildlife habitat and affects the quality of the water you drink. Agriculture does its part to sully the Everglades as well. Fertilizer and manure runoff degrade water quality and causes harmful algae blooms that are toxic to fish, animals, and humans.