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Distance

3.66 nm

Elevation gain

3 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

3 ft

Max elevation

40 ft

Trailrank

32

Min elevation

-178 ft

Trail type

Loop
  • Photo of NWR 4 Duke's Lake Loop 2021-09-29
  • Photo of NWR 4 Duke's Lake Loop 2021-09-29
  • Photo of NWR 4 Duke's Lake Loop 2021-09-29
  • Photo of NWR 4 Duke's Lake Loop 2021-09-29
  • Photo of NWR 4 Duke's Lake Loop 2021-09-29
  • Photo of NWR 4 Duke's Lake Loop 2021-09-29

Time

2 hours 10 minutes

Coordinates

301

Uploaded

September 30, 2021

Recorded

September 2021
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3.66 nm

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near Weavers Station, Florida (United States)

The National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)--https://tinyurl.com/drzt4k6w--sits on the south side of US 41 and runs from Collier Seminole State Park about 5 miles to Port of the Islands. In that 5 mile stretch, there are four canoe trails headed south into the marshes. The trails are navigable only during the wet season or after heavy rains. Two trails, 1 and 3, are accessible from the roadside. Trail 4 is protected by a guardrail, and Trail 2 is from a 20-car parking lot at the "Marsh Trail."

National Wildlife Refuge Trail 4 is 1.8 miles past the Marsh Trail parking lot entrance on US 41 headed east. Park on the south side of US 41 – back up to the launch behind the guardrail or past there if it's crowded. There's a marker that says NWR Canoe Trail 4. The launch is gravel and well protected into a narrow channel through a cattail marsh. There are no markers until you get past the cattail marsh, about half a mile.

The trail is marked with PVC pipes to the Lake with vertical white PVC posts but no markers on the return part of the loop from the Lake. The exit from the Lake toward the west and north is unmarked, as is the return trail, which is more like dead reckoning looking for openings in the mangrove islands. NWR 4 Duke's Lake long loop can only be made in the wet season (usually June to November). The deepest areas may be four ft. in the Lake. The rest is a shallow swamp/marsh.

Since July, we hadn't made this trail and had a hard time finding some of the markers, PVC pipes placed over galvanized U-shaped pickets that rust and fall over into the water and become invisible. The section where we doubled back on the track is where we lost the markers. Be careful.

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