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near Weavers Station, Florida (United States)
The National Wildlife Refuge 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 US41 – 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.
We turned east away from the marked trail for this route after seeing the first marker and then south out of the open water area. The route is visible, but you have to be close to the cuts to see them. Any trip where we know a spoonbill is a good trip. This was a good trip with ducks, herons, ibises, and egrets.