Shingle Creek begins in Orlando and meanders 23 miles through grass flats, swamps, narrow channels, twists, turns, and even a small rapids before it flows into Lake Tohopekaliga (Toho). The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek is an independent outfitter that rents kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, and bicycles at the Steffee Landing Location of the Shingle Creek Regional Park. The northern and southern parts of the creek trail are quite different from each other. The fist section of the northern part is wide open and calm and flanked by grass flats and houses and is easy for beginner paddlers. The southern part is considered to be the most beautiful section because of the twists and turns that run through giant cypress trees. The current is at times swift and strong so it is best suited for experienced paddlers. The end of the southern trail is clearly marked by a STOP sign that hangs across the creek. Beyond this point, the trail gets even more narrow and, depending on the season, turns into a small rapids which is notoriously dangerous because of an unpredictable tangle of logs that lies just under the surface of the water. If prefer to explore and learn about the area with a guide, the Paddling Center offers tours of Shingle Creek as well as several offsite eco-tours include nighttime, bioluminescent tours or all-inclusive, catered camping trips to Historical Makinson Island in Lake Tohopekaliga. Some of the tours are seasonal so check the website for the complete list.
Last modified: November 1st, 2018