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Oleta River State Park

Oleta River State Park

Miami-Dade County Government
Oleta River State Park Details

About Oleta River State Park

Florida's largest urban park, Oleta River is located on Biscayne Bay in the busy Miami metropolitan area. Although it offers a variety of recreational opportunities, the park is best known for miles of off-road bicycling trails, ranging from novice trails to challenging trails for experienced bicyclists.

Along the Oleta River, at the north end of the park, a large stand of beautiful mangrove forest preserves native South Florida plants and wildlife. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle the river to explore this amazing natural area.

Swimming from a 1,200-foot sandy beach and saltwater fishing are also popular activities. Picnic tables and grills are available. Nine pavilions can be rented for a fee. All have water, and the largest one has electricity.

Visitors can rent kayaks, canoes, and bicycles. The park has a loaner system for bicycle helmets. For overnight visits, the park has rustic, air-conditioned cabins and a youth campground for organized groups.

Beach & Swimming

Visitors can enjoy the sandy beach and swim in the saltwater lagoon off Biscayne Bay. Lifeguards are not present on the beach, so swim at your own risk. Public showers are provided.

Bicycling

Oleta River State Park currently has over 10 miles of challenging, intermediate mountain bike trails. For the beginner, there are over 4 miles of novice trails and 3 miles of paved trail. The paved trail also offers great conditions for roller blading. The park is very conscious about safety on the trails and provides a bicycle helmet loaner system for those who forget their bicycle helmets.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking is available along the calm waters of Biscayne Bay adjacent from the Haulover Inlet. Several routes to choose from that consist of open water and mangrove trails and the Oleta River.

Fishing

The fishing pier is always a popular site for fishing as well as the shores of the park along the Intracoastal Waterway that borders the eastern boundary of the park.

Concession & Restaurant

The BlueMoon Outdoor Center rents canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and mountain bikes. The store has general merchandise, bait and snack items. The Blue Marlin Fish House restaurant is located outside the park at 2500 N.E. 163rd Street.

Ranger Programs

A ranger-guided nature walk is offered on weekends at 10 am. Join a park naturalist for a guided, one-hour walk through several of the park's unique natural communities. Comfortable walking shoes, drinking water, sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. Tour begins on the east side of Parking Lot 8. For additional information, please call the Ranger Station at 305-919-1846. Free with park admission.

Cabins and Camping

Fourteen quaint little cabins, with covered porches and picnic tables, provide a great place to relax, with the convenience of being near shopping, restaurants and entertainment in Miami. Most cabins are equipped with one double bed, a bunk bed and air conditioning. Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica, or by calling 800-326-3521.

The Youth Group Camping Area is available for organized youth groups 18 and under. There are three primitive campsites which can accommodate 30 campers each. Each site is equipped with two tables, a fire circle, restroom and cold water shower. There is no electricity in the primitive camp. Call the park for more information and reservations at 305-919-1844.

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