- from Wetlands
It’s a swamp! It’s a marsh! It’s the Everglades! Stretching across most of the southern end of the Florida peninsula is a unique wetlands system.
It includes marshes, sloughs (places with deep mud), freshwater swamps, coastal mangrove swamps, and pine woods. At the heart of this watery world is a 50-mile-wide, 100-mile-long “river of grass” that is on average about six inches deep. Beginning at Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades stretch south and southwest toward Florida Bay, providing shelter for a wide variety of wildlife. Come visit the land the Seminoles call Pa Hay-okee, “grassy waters.”