Expedition Headwaters - An Everglades Journey to Remember

Expedition Headwaters - An Everglades Journey to Remember

Florida is a state defined by water, with oceans on three sides, more than 7,700 lakes, 8,500 miles of coastline and 50,000 miles of rivers, streams and waterways that run north to south, east to west and every direction in between. One of those thousands is Shingle Creek, a tiny, unique, modest stream in central Florida, situated amongst exciting theme parks and beautiful hotels. This relatively unknown little stream has a big job – it is the headwaters of America’s Everglades.

Hidden beneath lush greenery, the water that begins in Shingle Creek makes its way through the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, down the Kissimmee River, rolling on to the great Lake Okeechobee, flowing through the Everglades and into the Florida Bay. In the spring of 2007, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and partners sought to increase awareness of the hydrological and ecological connection of the Orlando metropolitan area with the Everglades ecosystem. And so, with that goal in mind, a team of hikers and kayakers decided to follow that precious water’s route from Shingle Creek to Lake Okeechobee and Expedition Headwaters, An Everglades Journey to Remember began. ...More


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Department of Environmental Protection Central Florida New Channel 13 Rosen Shingle Creek
Florida Trail Association US Forest Service South Florida Water Management District
The Trust for Public Land Greenways & Trails Bright House
Osceola County Bass Pro Shops - Ourdoor World Orlando
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Last reviewed: April 06, 2015