Connecting streams of the Everglades:
River – Slough – River!
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The term “Lost Portage” is used to describe an
inland connection between two streams originating
from the the Shark River Slough aka the “River of Grass”.
The reason for going through this Lost Portage is to go directly between two of the most remote Everglades backcountry campsites – Canepatch and Camp Lonesome. Any paddler considering camping at these sites would think it obvious that there should be a direct inland connection between them, but officially there is not! So the typical Wilderness Waterway paddler is directed to either head out into the Gulf, or go through a mangrove creek called the “Nightmare”. Either option means a long paddle out and then back in, closer to the interior. A direct connection is much shorter though probably more challenging!
Before they become actual rivers of the Everglades:
connecting the Broad River and the Harney – Shark Rivers.
Due to the distances involved, logistics and time constraints during the winter Holiday break, I laid out a 4 day and 3 night weather balloon shaped route. It was the only realistic way to run this trip, as neither me nor my paddling partner were willing to take off a whole week.
This fairly ambitious schedule would have us close the gap in the
shortest amount of time with some long daily paddling miles!
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