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ACTIVITIES

Your Guide to Oleta River State Park

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Address: 

3400 NE 163rd St.
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

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Hours: 

8 a.m. to sundown
365 days a year

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Fees:

$6 per vehicle
$4 single-occupant vehicle 

Park History

The Oleta River waterway has always had a hand in Florida state history. Once named the Big Snake Creek, Oleta River was part of a 1941 route for Federal troops during the Second Seminole War. Captain William Hawkins Fulford later explored the river in 1881 and made a home in what is now North Miami. By the 1890’s, other settlers moved north, forming the town of Ojus and with it various pineapple and vegetable farms. 

The development of North Miami continued to center around Oleta Park. Developers renamed the waterway Oleta River in 1922. The State of Florida acquired the land in March 1980, then opened it as a state park in 1986. 

Oleta River State Park was a favorite of conservationist Marjory Stoneman Douglas, who visited the park often. Following in her footsteps, Floridians and visitors alike flock to the waterway for signature Oleta River State Park activities.

Activities

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Paddling

Trade in the ocean for the Oleta Waterway. Get out on the water via canoe or kayak, both available for rental at the park. The calm waters of Biscayne Bay traverse open waters and mangrove trails through the park, inviting people of all experience levels. 

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Fishing

Drop a line from the pier or find your own secluded shore in the park. The Intracoastal Waterway runs along the park's eastern boundry, creating diverse fishing opportunities. Be sure to comply with Florida fishing regulations during your visit. 

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Hiking

Meander along the beautiful nature trails throughout Oleta Rive State Park. You'll encounter all the local flora and faune that Florida is known for. As you hike, get closer to the waterways and green spaces of one of the largest urban parks in the country.

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Picnicking 

Pack some snacks or even a full lunch to sustain your day at Oleta River State Park. Break up your day of adventure with a picnic meal. You can even rent one of the park's nine covered pavilions complete with picnic tables. 

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Facilities

Beach

Beaches and tidal marshes are a fixture of Oleta State Park. Go for a dip in the shallow water, or even cool off in the unique saltwater lagoon. Because it is open water, you may see various plant and anial species like the West Indian manatee. 

Butterfly Garden

Just west of the park's parking lot 6 you'll find the 0.4 acre Butterfly Garden. Vibrant native plants attract butterflies yearround. Visitors can learn about the platns and butterflies that call the garden home. 

Picnic Pavilion

Reserve one of nine covered picnic pavilions. The larget of these pavilions houses 24 picnic tables and includes electricity, so you can host a picnic for events of any kind. 

Concessions & Restaurant

Stop by the concession to rent a canoe, kayak, stand up paddleboard, or mountain bike. At the store, you'll also find souvenirs, outdoor goods, bait, and snacks. Stop by Blue Marlin Fish House for a mid day meal, located just outside the park.