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“Man made ditch”
Review of Buttonwood Canal

Buttonwood Canal
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Owner description: This manmade waterway is part of Everglades National Park.
Reviewed 31 January 2013

If you canoe or kayak, be sure you are careful about touching the vegetation along the shoreline. Some of trees are extremely poisoness. One of the few place you can see crocodiles. Not exactly good for birding.

2  Thank Mr_PeteBurnsville
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

My husband and I were going to canoe the canal but when we got to Flamingo my back was playing up so we took the boat tour. How glad were we ?
The tour is very informative and our guide did a fantastic job pointing out stuff we would never have spotted. And we went a long way further than we ever would have in a canoe. You go all along the canal, across Coot Bay, down Tarpon Creek and just to Whitewater Bay - where the salt and fresh water mix.
We saw big crocodiles, baby crocodiles, anhingas, lots of egrets, vultures, also he told us a lot about the different kinds of mango trees how they grow etc, poisonous trees, orchids, airplants etc. what we learnt made the Everglades a lot more interesting when we walked the trails later on.
He also gave us some history of the park. The manmade buttonwood canal was an environmental disaster which it took the Park 25 years to correct !
I note another reviewer below says you will be bored to death. You won't, believe me. And when you see how hot and unhappy most of the canoeists look you will feel smug, we did !!

2  Thank Patricia M
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Reviewed 26 November 2012

This is a protected canal with lots of wildlife and easy canoeing. You can't get lost, but watch out for the poisonous machaneel (sp?) trees!

Thank poggy2002
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Reviewed 26 December 2011

Need I say more?? Quite exciting. We had been searching for one and when we walked around the canal area we spotted not one but two lazing in the water.

Thank larkenRidgefield_CT
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Reviewed 1 January 2011

Buttonwood canal is a nice waterway to explore the mangroves, and you'll see the occasional crocodile along the canal banks. This is also the only way to get the canoe/boat campbrounds in the backcountry.

DON'T (at risk of being bored to death) take the backcountry boat tours from the Marina. With the price you pay for 2 people, you're better off renting a skiff and exploring it yourself.

Thank hashinclude
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