Flamingo is a former fishing camp incorporated into Everglades National Park. It has two very distinct inshore fisheries as well as access to the Gulf of Mexico described in more detail below.
Inshore there is a choice of launching on the Florida Bay or Whitewater Bay ramps. Both sides lead to extensive shallow water fishing for game and food species.
Florida Bay is more widely known for its extensive flats separated by deeper channels with mangrove covered islands. Fish can be found at each feature at the proper time, season and tide.
Whitewater Bay is the wilderness side and leads to a huge area most of which looks very much like it did when the Calusa Indians lived and fished here before Ponce de Leon arrived. The combination of many islands, creeks, bays and rivers make navigation sometimes tricky but also make fishy and calm waters almost always available.
Both sides feature numerous species of birds, dolphins, manatees, and the occasional alligator, saltwater crocodile, raccoon, and even deer. Flamingo charters either Florida Bay or Whitewater Bay sides are available year around.
Anglers can catch Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout, Black Drum, Triple tail, Sheepshead, Flounder, Goliath Grouper, several species of sharks, snappers, jacks and groupers, Mackerel, Permit, Pompano, and Ladyfish.
Huge Sawfish are rare but possible.
It is not unusual to catch seven or more species on any given day in Flamingo.
From anywhere in Miami or Fort Lauderdale, take Florida’s Turnpike South until it ends in Florida City.
Go right at the first light Palm Drive.
Go straight two miles to the four way stop.
Turn left four way stop at Robert Is Here fruit and vegetable stand (this is a great place for a post charter milk shake or tropical smoothie.
Go to the next stop sign and turn right, there is a brown national park sign too, follow the road to the park entrance.
Flamingo is at the end of the park road.
Whitewater bay ramp is first and the Florida Bay ramp is by the concession building.
WARNING: You will lose cell service in the park. Most people get service in Flamingo itself.
The park entrance fee is good for seven days. Come back another day and see the land part. It’s what everyone thinks of when you say Everglades National Park. I for one never get tired of seeing it even after hundreds of trips.
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