Shingle Creek Regional Park

Location: Kissimmee, Florida
Date: December 15, 2014

Shingle Creek Regional Park is a park in the Orlando area that offers opportunities for biking, fishing, and kayaking, among other activities. A kayak rental shop opened in 2014 at the Steffee Landing area along U.S. highway 192 in Kissimmee. From the rental shop you can kayak about one mile upstream on relatively flat and calm water where the stream is relatively wide. You can also go about two miles downstream before you reach a sign saying turn around. The first mile downstream is also fairly calm, but the stream then narrows and its current picks up speed as it winds through a cypress swamp. After going through some of this narrow section I decided to turn around and go back upstream since it was getting late in the day, so I never made it to the end of the trail.

Cabin by the kayak rental shop

The water here is not nearly as clear as on the Weeki Wachee River, but there were fewer people there and some wildlife visible, including a few turtles, bass, and ibises. There were quite a few vintage aircraft taking off from the nearby airport, which along with low-flying helicopters frequently interrupted the quite of the afternoon, but otherwise is was a nice afternoon of paddling right in metro Orlando.
Shingle Creek (Photo by Ricymar Photography on Flickr)

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