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History of the Everglades Drainage

History of the Everglades Drainage

The destruction and drainage of the Florida Everglades dates back to the 19th century. Most people assume that when the settlers planted their roots here they began to drain the Everglades. Actually, it was the United States military that began draining the Everglades to try and flush out the Seminole Indians. They had been trying to capture and kill them but were unsuccessful.

Eventually the settlers tried to drain the Everglades again in the hopes of planting crops in the fertile soil. The Florida Everglades is known as the River Of Grass because the water that originates near Orlando flows south into Lake Okeechobee. From there, there is about 100 mile wide river flowing south which eventually ends up in The Florida Bay. Even though the water is moving very slowly, it is still moving to the south at all times.

Most all of the founding fathers of South Florida from Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, Henry Flagler, and other bigwigs wanted to drain the Everglades for economic development. Most of these developers had no idea of how to successfully contain the water and drain the Everglades. Many of them failed.

As land development and economic growth grew in South Florida, the natural animals in this area suffered due to unregulated hunting. Animals such as the American alligator and many of our birds were hunted to near extinction. These developers also brought non-native plant species and trees such as the Australian Melaleuca to try and drain the water in these areas. Thanks to mankind we now have many non-native invasive species growing in our area.

As you drive along some of Florida’s highways you may encounter some levees. If you were traveling up US Highway 27 N. or on I 75 W. These levees are used to control the water to assist in such things as flooding from hurricanes. The engineers that developed these levees did leave openings in some areas to allow water to pass through. There are also many flood control gates that can be opened and closed whenever necessary.

As a matter fact whenever a customer meets me for a tour they will actually be right next to one of these flood control gates. These gates and levees are controlled by the South Florida water management district. They can move water from certain areas as they see fit.

Often, many of our native animals suffer because of certain areas being heavily flooded for prolonged periods of time. Certain mammal such as Whitetail deer, black bear and Osceola turkey need dry ground and can sometimes be stranded on small islands and levees.

Airboat Tours Fort Lauderdale

Whether it’s during the winter or right after it, you obviously make plans to go somewhere warmer. If you haven’t really thought of a place yet, we would like to suggest the idea of coming down to Florida. Florida is the place to be if you’re looking for a tropical experience without having to spend too much.

It’s much warmer here, which is something you’ll probably be looking forward to, especially if you’re from up north. There are a ton of things to do in Florida and a lot of them are part of the outdoor experience.

Where to go and what to do

There are plenty of places to visit in Florida. You could seek out the hip urban life on the beaches of Miami or explore the Florida Keys etc. However, we suggest that you come on down to Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale is located very close to the Everglades and that’s a place worth putting on your bucket list.

If you haven’t seen the Everglades, you’re truly missing out on something spectacular. Apart from the breathtaking beauty, the Everglades are known for activities such as golf, salt water fishing rides, fresh water fishing rides, and of course, the  flora and fauna.

Salt water fishing is a great activity. Apart from the thrill of catching fish, you get to experience the Everglades in all its glory. While you admire the beauty around you, you can catch some awesome fish on the side as well. The Everglades are known fish varieties such as the Large Tarpon, the Redfish, the Trout, and the Snook.

In fact, Tarpon Fishing is a big deal here and the months of April, May, and June are perfect for carrying out this activity.

Similarly, you can engage in some fresh water fishing as well. There are a plenty of bass during the spring season and the Everglades are considered to be the global hotspot for this variety of fish.

How to experience all of this

If you intend to experience all of the above mentioned activities and explore the Everglades in general, the best way for you to do it would be through an airboat tour. Click here to get Started!

With an airboat tour, you get to see the best of the Everglades and have fun while doing so. In fact, riding on an airboat is an experience by itself.



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Everglade Airboat Tours

Everglade Airboat Tours

Do you have an upcoming trip to Florida planned? Or perhaps you’re a native Floridian and you have already visited all the theme parks, been to the beaches, and done your share of deep sea fishing. These ‘touristy’ events are fun, but now is the time to get the true taste of Florida. It’s time to experience authentic Florida Everglades airboat ride!

Cypress Outdoor Adventures LLC can provide you and your friends and family the ultimate Florida Everglades experience you won’t soon forget. You’ll get much more than just an airboat ride when you visit Captain Bill and his crew at Cypress Outdoor Adventures LLC. All rides with Captain Bill are private, so it’ll be just you and those in your group on the boat. No worries about being herded onto a boat with a group of total strangers. The memorable experience you have on your airboat ride will be all yours to share. The private tours incorporate technology into each tour, helping to enhance the experience while cruising through the Florida everglades, and preserving the experience for future viewing enjoyment. You will be provided with intercom headsets, enabling you to have constant communication between you and Captain Bill.

While on your airboat ride through the Florida everglades rest assured you are traveling in a manner that treats this fragile ecosystem with care. Our boats are one the most environmentally friendly craft on the water.  There are no props or paddles negatively impacting the ecosystem and the flat bottom hull of the airboat is eco friendly as well.

While on your airboat ride you’ll learn the history of the Florida’s Everglades from Captain Bill, from its primitive early stages, to the developments that man has made down to the present. While traveling through what is called the River of Grass you will encounter a variety of flora and fauna, as well as birds, fish, reptiles, and maybe a mammal or two. Once your tour has concluded, you will be provided with a complimentary video of your memorable airboat adventure, so you can relive the experience again and again.

Cypress Outdoor Adventures LLC offers Day Airboat Tours and Sunset/Night Airboat Tours, each a very unique experience.

For the Day Tour, you can book a private 2 or 3 hour airboat adventure. The adventure includes fishing, the interactive headsets for communication, and the complimentary video. If the sun is proving to be a bit much, a shade structure can be provided.

With a stop at a local recreational facility, you can view a wildlife exhibit, do a little shopping, and even enjoy an authentic gator lunch. It is recommended that participants bring bug repellent, sunglasses, and sunscreen on the Day Tour.

You can watch the sun go down over the River of Grass on the beautiful Sunset Tour. As the Everglades come alive at night, you can view the wildlife with the giant lights on board the vessel. An added bonus to the sunset and night tours is the opportunity to do some bow fishing, which is included at no additional charge, with gear included.

So come experience a bit of real Florida with Everglades airboat tours with Captain Bill of Cypress Outdoor Adventures LLC. You will never view those ‘touristy’ places the same again!

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