Collier-Seminole State Park: Marco Blackwater River Canoe Trail, Collier-Semino...
Collier-Seminole State Park: Marco Blackwater River Canoe Trail, Collier-Seminole Nature Trail, Collier-Seminole Hiking and Biking Trail, and Collier-Seminole Wilderness Adventure Trail
The park offers opportunities for camping, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, photography, wildlife viewing, picnicking, and guided boat tours. Tent and recreational vehicle (RV) camping is available inside the park, and there is a backcountry campsite. The park encompasses 6,430 acres with 4,760 acres designated as wilderness areas. Most of the wilderness is mangrove forest, but there are also mixed-hardwood forest, coastal strand, and salt-marsh habitats. The Marco Blackwater River Canoe Trail traverses a designated wilderness preserve. In order to maintain its scenic value, there are few markers along the western portions of the trail between Palm Bay and Marker 47 located along Blackwater River. There are ample fishing opportunities in this area, and fish to target are spotted seatrout, snook, redfish, gray (mangrove) snapper, black drum, and sheepshead. Be sure to check on license requirements as well as fishing regulations and restrictions before wetting a line. Now-extinct Calusa Indians once inhabited this region. When you are paddling along the rivers and creeks, you are exploring the same areas they traversed in dugout canoes more than 300 years ago. Calusa Indians were hunter-fisher-gatherers, living close to the sea as did their counterparts, the Tequesta Indians, along Florida’s southeast coast. SCENIC VALUE: Excellent. There are scenic views along tidal creeks and across open bays with opportunities to view birds, American alligators, American crocodiles, West Indian manatees, bottlenose dolphins, and other wildlife of the region.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Activity||Flatwater Paddling & Canoeing|
|Skill Level||Moderate to strenuous depending on weather and tides|
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