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Cruising the Everglades

There are not a lot of marinas between Marco Island and the Keys and a lot of people bypass this area on their way to the Keys.  There are a lot of great places to anchor and explore in this area.  From the Gulf east of Indian Key you will find the Barron River.  This leads to Everglades City where there are two places you can tie up for the night.  The first one you will see is the Rod and Gun Club.  They have excellent showers, restrooms, water and power hookups (30 and 50 amp).  A little further up the river is the Baron River Resort  . This is a tidal river and timing your trip can save fuel  and time. A trip to Everglades City can be very interesting. I don't read many books but I did enjoy the book "Totch A Life in the Everglades" by Totch Brown. We met his grandson and then his son, Loren while we were preparing to leave the Dock in the spring of 2000. A good source of information about the marinas, anchorages and navigation in this area can be obtained from the book Cruising Guide to Western Florida by Claiborne Young. For more information about the waters that feed this wonderful cruising area, you might want to read the book "River of Grass". My wife and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book by Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
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