Are you ready for a unique wilderness kayak and canoe experience? Fisheating Creek is it! Our creek is the only free flowing tributary that runs into "The Big O" - Lake Okeechobee. While paddling the entire 52-mile distance to the lake isn't possible, we offer two trips just perfect for your adventure: Burnt Bridge, a put-in located 8 miles upstream from the campground is our most popular trip. Ingram Crossing is 16 miles upstream and recommended for advanced paddlers or for those looking for an overnight trip.
Do you own your own boat and want a transport to Burnt Bridge or Ingram Crossing? We can shuttle you and your boats. Please see our rates page for details.
Your shuttle ride up will take you through the undeveloped countryside of Glades County. Giving you time to make a transition from the 21st century to land time forgot. Crossing pasture land, two locked gates, a narrow dirt road to a remote put in.
Fisheating Creek is narrow for much of the distance. Banks are surrounded by towering cypress trees, wonderful for providing shade on hot summer days. Alligators and turtles are a common sight, as are Great Blue Heron, Egrets, Ibis, hawks and many more species of birds. Keep a sharp lookout - you might spot a wild hog, turkey or deer along the waters edge. During the fall you're likely to see thousands of colorful butterflies. There are plenty of panfish for the anglers in your group.
Speaking of fish, the clean tannin-stained water ranges from a golden to deep brown depending upon time of year and your viewing angle. The water gets it's color from decaying plant matter. Sit back and enjoy listening to birds singing and watch the reflections of clouds and trees as you drift through cypress swamps and hardwood hammocks along Fisheating Creek.
If you don't have your own boat or would rather not car-top yours from home, we have both canoes and kayaks for you to rent. Our boats are provided with Personal Flotation Devices (life jackets) and paddles. For some boats we can add an optional seat back. Canoe and kayak rentals are available on a first come first served basis.
To canoe with minimal portages you need about 2 feet of water, for kayaking 1.5 feet. You can paddle when the water level is less than this but you may have to get out of your boat and portage at several spots along the creek. Check the water levels of Fisheating Creek or ask us when you arrive.
At low water the creek is easy to follow. At high water levels it becomes a bit more difficult. Follow the markers to keep on the main creek.
Basic Rules while Paddling:
- It is Florida state law that a child under the age of six (6) must wear a U.S.C.G. approved Type I, II, or III personal flotation device while onboard a vessel under 26 feet in length while the vessel is underway. This includes canoes and kayaks.
- Bring plenty of water or other drinks in non-disposable containers.
- Don't litter - take a trash bag or other receptacle for collecting your trash. If you see trash while paddling, kindly pick it up.
- Because of alligators, swimming is not recommended in the creek.
- If you are starting from Fisheating Creek Campground and heading upstream note the stream becomes narrower and faster the further you go upstream. Let us help you by proving a shuttle to either Burnt Bridge or Ingram's Crossing and you can paddle downstream with ease.
- It is always a good idea for safety to let someone know where you are paddling and when you expect to return. You can download a float plan at MyFWC.com.