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Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge Opens to Public

Posted by Benjamin Dona on Saturday, September 19th, 2009 at 10:48am.

Ten Thousand IslandsNature enthusiasts, paddlers, hikers, bird watchers and sightseers now will have a wonderful new opportunity to explore the Everglades via the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge just east and south of Naples.

Starting today, a new trailhead and boardwalk at the 35,000 acre park will provide visitors access to hiking trails and a canoe and kayak launch allowing them to explore all the splendor the Ten Thousand Islands area has to offer. Young and old alike will have the opportunity to see sunning alligators, great blue herons, manatees, and all the beauty that Mother Nature provides at this easy to access nature preserve. Fishermen and hunters (with permits) will also be welcomed in the mangrove filled back country marsh.

According to refuge managers, the Grand Opening will be held on October 10 from 7AM to 1PM. Guided hiking and kayaking tours will be provided along with exhibits and demonstrations by the park staff. For more information, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Website.

Map of Ten Thousand Island Area Parks

Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge Map

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7 Responses to "Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge Opens to Public"

Lisa Udy - Logan UT Realtor wrote:
I went to the keys on my 10th wedding anniversary, and as we were flying I was able to get a pretty good view of some of the everglades area. It's nice that it's open up to the public now, but you won't catch me anywhere near gator land! Great picture~ :)


Posted on Thursday, September 24th, 2009 at 7:15pm.

Benjamin wrote:
Gators won't bother you for the most part, except maybe the big fellas during mating season.

Now, if you wanna talk about salt water croc's, well that's a whole other ballgame!

Posted on Thursday, September 24th, 2009 at 7:39pm.

Benjamin wrote:
Actually, they are really cool to watch...

From a distance!

Posted on Saturday, September 26th, 2009 at 9:50am.

Sam Chapman wrote:
Seems to me like you would need lots of bug repellent out in that place.

Posted on Friday, October 9th, 2009 at 1:40pm.

Benjamin wrote:
We call it Swamp Spray down here. It makes the other repellants pale in comparison. It's thick, oily and smells really bad.

And, if you go in early summer when the fresh water misquotes hatch, you better be wearing web clothing from head to toe. Those suckers will carry you away!

Posted on Friday, October 9th, 2009 at 2:27pm.

Bill in Sarasota wrote:
Yes, the mosquitoes are a nuisance! Gators are really amazing animals to see though. Tthey always remind me of little dinosaurs, or as close as we will ever get. Just don't ever feed one...that means trouble!

Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 at 5:07pm.

Gabby wrote:
Kayaking would be so much fun there! I'd definitely need a map though.

Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 at 10:05pm.

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