Everglades Kayaking


Everglades Kayak Tours

Everglades kayaking starts with Backcountry Cowboy Outfitters. We are the experienced, knowledgeable source for Everglades kayak tours. Backcountry Cowboy Outfitters is invading the Everglades by kayak and we want to take you along for the ride! Join us for an unforgettable, guided Everglades kayak tour through historic Everglades National Park. Embark on an adventure that your family will reminisce about for years to come. As a National Park authorized company, we take your safety, overall experience and the park’s conservation very seriously.

While the Everglades kayaking tours we offer may sound simple, a great deal of effort and planning goes into making your guided tour a success. We encourage you to read the information on this site and ask questions so that your experience is the best it can be. We take great pride in our operation – from our experienced guides to our support team to the first-class equipment that you’ll use on your Everglades kayaking tour. Based locally in Islamorada, our team has the depth of knowledge needed to give you the Everglades kayaking experience of a lifetime.

Everglades map
Map of Everglades National Park. Please click to enlarge.



We offer Everglades Kayaking Overnight Adventure Trips from November through April of each year, primarily due to favorable, cooler weather and lack of insects (mosquitoes and no-see-ums).

Your Everglades kayak tour can begin at one of three launch sites: Islamorada (Florida Keys), Flamingo or Everglades City, Florida. Our adventure trips range in length from 3 days/2 nights (3d/2n) to 6 days/5 nights (6d/5n).

Within Everglades National Park, there is a designated, marked waterway that can act as a great ’trail’ leading from Everglades City (in the northwest corner of the park) to Flamingo (at the southern end). This waterway is traversed by many Everglades kayak adventurers seeking the same interest that you have. This waterway has been designated the Everglades Wilderness Waterway. From the Everglades Wilderness Waterway, we can access about 40 different campsites (3 types - Chickee, Ground and Beach, also a ground site).

Everglades kayaking - night trips

Inquire about rates and lengths of trips.

What we provide:
  • camping permits
  • kayak (solo or tandem)
  • paddle(s) (graphite/composite)
  • PFD/lifevest (s)
  • tent(s)
  • sleeping mat
  • drybags
  • jetboil stove/fuel
  • headlamp
  • safety gear (First Aid/Global Tracking, etc.)
  • friendly, experienced guide
  • Safety/Peace of mind

    While kayaking in the Everglades, each of our experienced guides carry a Global Tracking device that provides piece of mind for your family and friends who can track your location 24 hours a day. This device can be programmed with e-mail addresses to send daily updates. With no exceptions, PFD’s (life vests) will be worn by everyone at all times we are on the water. It’s that simple.

    In addition, our guides are all First Aid/CPR trained and carry a comprehensive First Aid kit for wilderness applications.

    Backcountry Cowboy Outfitters has proudly partnered with and represents many of the leading manufacturers in outdoor adventure. When we’re out on one of America’s last preserved, true wildernesses, quality gear and local knowledge are irreplaceable.

    Everglades kayaking offers a fantastic opportunity for solitude, tranquility and natural beauty that is found nowhere else on earth. Listed below are some of our partners:

  • Eddyline Kayaks
  • SealLine Dry bags
  • Stohlquist PFD’s
  • Perception Kayaks
  • JetBoil Stove
  • Yakima Racks/Trailers
  • Swift Paddles
  • Eureka Tents
  • Spot Messaging
  • Aquabound Paddles
  • Mountain Hardwear Tents
  • Thermarest Ground mats
  • Call or email with your questions regarding scheduling, preparation and group size.
    Email Us or call us at 305.517.4177 for reservations



    Come along and join us in exploring the Everglades. Kayaking the Everglades and learning the ecosystem and its importance to South Florida and beyond is an experience you won’t soon forget.

    We take our Everglades kayaking and safety seriously, and we have fun doing it. As an authorized National Park concessionaire, we feel that it is our duty to educate you, act as stewards of Everglades National Park and learn something each and every time we lead you to explore what the park has to offer.

    Everglades kayaking - day trips

    Day trips available by reservation

    How a typical days unfolds

    Backcountry Cowboy Outfitters is located in Islamorada in the beautiful Florida Keys. For paddlers who are coming from the Florida Keys, you can simply meet us at our retail store and follow us to the Everglades. Paddlers coming from the mainland (Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area) can meet us at the Everglades Ernest Coe Visitor center in Homestead.

    Once we all meet at the Coe visitor center, we’ll discuss that day’s paddle, travel to the launch site, and prepare for our adventure. We’ll go through a basic paddling clinic, put our PFD’s (life vests) on, and off we go. We’ll be on the water for 3 to 3.5 hours and return to the same location where we began. At the end of the tour, we encourage you to visit other areas of Everglades National Park accessible by car.

    What we provide:
  • Kayak (solo/tandem)
  • PFD (LifeVest)
  • Safety equipment
  • Park admission
  • Paddle
  • Transporting of gear
  • Guide service
  • What to bring:

  • Water/energy drink
  • Snack (fruit, trail mix, sandwich)
  • Good attitude
  • Sun screen
  • Gas for your vehicle
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat/sun protection
  • Feel free to call or email us with your questions regarding scheduling, preparation and group size
    Email Us or call us at 305.517.4177 for reservations



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