The Everglades

Miami-Dade County, Florida.

The Everglades ends in Miami, Florida.

7 feet (2 meters)

0.50 miles (0.80 sq kilometers)

About The The Everglades

The Everglades, FL

The Everglades is the largest tropical wetland in North America, encompassing more than 1.5 million acres of ecosystem across central and south Florida. The route of water to the Everglades and ultimately to Florida Bay is one of a kind. Firstly, the water runs from Kissimmee River into Lake Okeechobee, overflowing in a very slow-moving manner until it reaches a so-called “river of grass” shallow sawgrass marsh region. It flows then through various habitats, including swamps, prairies, and mangroves, before making it to the Everglades National Park, an international treasure and notably protected area in Florida that sustains life for numerous endangered species.

As the largest wilderness in the Mississippi River, about 21 million people or one-third of the residents in Florida depend on the Everglades for water supply. This legendary wilderness is one of the world’s wonders, priding itself as the “Gateway to the 10,000 islands.”

However, the Everglades experienced significant damage due to environmental degradation and human development throughout the 20th century – severe drought and flooding, climate change, and the growth of urban areas. The authorities have implemented big-ticket restoration efforts to remedy the destruction created by this environmental tragedy, including the development of flood control devices, draining of Kissimmee River to preserve grazing land and agriculture, and different construction projects for water storage, to name a few. 

The Everglades Fishing Description