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Everglades National Park tarpon 2002 – author.

Go to Everglades National Park for your summer RV camping vacation; you will have a story of a lifetime to tell to family and friends.

By Skip Clement

Marjory Stoneman Douglas was a freelance writer who submitted stories to magazines throughout the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Her friend Hervey Allen was an editor at Rinehart, responsible for the Rivers of America Series. Allen asked her to write a story about the Miami River, but Douglas did not find it very interesting, calling it only “an inch long.” She began learning more about the Miami River though, and in her research, she instead suggested to her editor to write a story about the Everglades. Douglas spent five years researching the Everglades, consulting with Garald Parker of the US Geological Survey, who was studying the Everglades hydrology systems, and eventually wrote nearly 40 papers on the ecosystems in the Everglades. The Everglades: River of Grass is a non-fiction book written by Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 1947. Published the same year as the formal opening of Everglades National Park, the book was a call to attention about the degrading quality of life in the Everglades and remains an influential book on nature conservation as well as a reference for information on South Florida.

Everglades National Park

Spanning 1.5 million acres, much of southern Florida’s Everglades National Park [ENP] is covered by water, meaning there are excellent fishing opportunities throughout the park. Everglades gives visitors a chance to cast in both fresh and saltwater fish.

A guide will quadruple your enjoyment and protect you from being too adventurous because, in the saltwater portion of the park [by far the most significant part], crocodiles, alligators, and sharks see paddle boarders, rubber-rafters, and swimmers as food.

Plenty of big ass largemouth bass in the freshwater interior of the park, along with many other species, and tarpon, snook, and redfish are found in the saltwater along with many other species.

For the RV’er, ENP is a perfect stay, and summer is a great time to be in the park with a guide or off-duty park ranger. Of course, having good AC is a must in South Florida in all seasons.

Here are some links you will need:

Best fly fishing guide for ENP . . . 

Read more about ENP . . .

Park contact info . . .

Fly Shops contact info:

Florida Keys Outfitters . . .

Fly Shop of Miami . . .


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