Paddling from the Kehl (Kiel) Canal through Imperial River

Paddling Imperial River Bonita Springs Florida

Enjoy our paddleboard trip from Bonita Grande Road down the Imperial River. Make no mistake, the east end of the river where it changes from the Kiel Canal to the Imperial River, is gator land. You’ll notice that Slum Dawg Dillionaire didn’t make this trip with us. He’s just too tasty to be around gators.  We actually didn’t see gators this trip but we have in the past.

The Imperial River is the main river in southwest Florida in the United States. It is fed by the Kehl Canal (seen spelled Keel and Kiel) and marshland just east of the city limits of Bonita Springs in unincorporated southwest Lee County, Florida. The Imperial River is approximately 9.3 miles long from its headwaters just east of I-75 in the Flint Pen Strand through downtown Bonita Springs by Riverside Park to its mouth at the north end of Fishtrap Bay, near the southern end of Estero Bay.  It’s a super paddle everyone needs to do at least once.

The Imperial River was originally named Surveyors Creek before the city of Bonita Springs, Florida was developed. The Imperial River is part of The Great Calusa Blueway if you’re a paddler, you should learn more about the Blueway.

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