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Oleta River - Accessible Amenities

Oleta River State Park is committed to providing a variety of accessible amenities to ensure that all its visitors can enjoy a piece of “The Real Florida.” Those amenities include:

• Beach wheelchairs

• Beach Access by mobi-mats

• Canoe/kayak launch

• Restrooms

• Elevator for Blue Moon

• Portions of the butterfly garden

• Picnic pavilion and benches

• Grills

• Fishing pier

• One cabin

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Oleta River - Beach

Come relax or play on our beach. Please remember that lifeguards are not present on the beach, so swim at your own risk.

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Oleta River - 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.  Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.

Florida Bicycle Trails - A Guide to Florida's Top Paved and Off-Road Trails

Essential Eligibility Criteria

VSP - Bike Rentals

In order to participate in this program, one:

  • Must wear a helmet if less than 16 years of age as required by state law.
  • Must not exceed the manufacturer’s weight limit specifications.
  • Must have the ability to mount, dismount and stop the bike independently.
  • Must have the ability to navigate uneven terrain on paved and unpaved surfaces.
  • Must have the ability to follow applicable traffic laws.
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Oleta River - Cabins

Fourteen rustic, air-conditioned 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. Cabins have a double bed and a set of bunk beds, with the exception of Cabin 2 with one double bed and Cabin 3 with two sets of bunk beds. Cabin 1 is ADA-accessible. Linens and towels are not provided. Each cabin has a barbeque grill for your cooking use and a bathhouse with hot showers is centrally located for your convenience.

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Oleta River - Cabins

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. Exceptions are Cabin 2, with one double bed only, and Cabin 3 with two sets of bunk beds. Cabin 1 is ADA-accessible. Linens are not provided. While cabins have no kitchens or bathrooms, a restroom with hot showers is located nearby.

For the guest's relaxation, televisions and phones are not provided.

Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book Online or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287. Pets are not permitted in cabins.

There is a minimum two nights stay in cabins on weekends and holidays, either Friday and Saturday night, or Saturday and Sunday nights. A single Friday or Saturday night may be reserved only if the following Saturday or Sunday night is already reserved.

Cabin Rental: $55.00 per night, plus tax, plus a non-refundable $6.70 reservation fee.

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Oleta River - Camping, Primitive Grp

The Primitive Group Camping Area is available for organized youth groups 18 and under, and secondarily to adult groups. One chaperone is required for every ten youth campers. 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. There is a community pavilion for the primitive group camps to share. Pets are not allowed in the primitive group camp. A group representative must check in before 5:00 p.m. on the day of arrival. Firewood is available at the Ranger Station. Call the park for more information and reservations at (305) 919-1844.

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Oleta River - Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking is available at the park. Visitors enjoy paddling on the calm waters of Biscayne Bay adjacent from the Haulover Inlet. Several routes to choose from consist of open water and mangrove trails and the Oleta River.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

VSP - Guided Kayak Tour

In order to participate in this program, one:

  • Must not exceed the manufacturer’s weight limit for the vessel (450 lbs. tandem kayak or 275 lbs. single kayak).
  • Must have the ability to follow verbal and/or visual instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Must have the ability to wear a properly fitted personal flotation device.
  • Must have the ability to enter and exit the kayak independently or with the assistance of a companion or with the use of adaptive equipment.
  • Must have At least one person in the kayak with the ability to move it through the water in a stable manner and return it to the launching area.
  • Must have the ability to tolerate 80 degree Fahrenheit water and bright sunlight for 1.5 hours.

In the event of capsize, one:

  • Must have the ability to get out from under the watercraft independently.
  • Must have the ability to right oneself and remain face up in the water with the aid of a personal flotation device.

Call us at (786) 274-7945 or visit our website http://bgoletariveroutdoor.com/

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Oleta River - Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking is available at the park. Visitors enjoy paddling on the calm waters of Biscayne Bay adjacent from the Haulover Inlet. Several routes to choose from consist of open water and mangrove trails and the Oleta River.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

VSP - Guided Kayak Tour

In order to participate in this program, one:

  • Must not exceed the manufacturer’s weight limit for the vessel (450 lbs. tandem kayak or 275 lbs. single kayak).
  • Must have the ability to follow verbal and/or visual instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Must have the ability to wear a properly fitted personal flotation device.
  • Must have the ability to enter and exit the kayak independently or with the assistance of a companion or with the use of adaptive equipment.
  • Must have At least one person in the kayak with the ability to move it through the water in a stable manner and return it to the launching area.
  • Must have the ability to tolerate 80 degree Fahrenheit water and bright sunlight for 1.5 hours.

In the event of capsize, one:

  • Must have the ability to get out from under the watercraft independently.
  • Must have the ability to right oneself and remain face up in the water with the aid of a personal flotation device.
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Oleta River - Concession and Restaurant

The BG Oleta River is open from 9:00 a.m. until 1.5 hours before sunset. The concession 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 NE 163rd Street and the hours are 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Check out their web site and events at bgoletariveroutdoor.com

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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.

 

All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.  A fishing license may be required.  More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.

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Oleta River - Gardens

The Oleta River State Park Butterfly Garden is a beautiful 0.4 Acre area just west of Parking lot 6 in the park.  The garden has a wide variety of native plants that attract butterflies year round and signage allows visitors to learn the names of the plants that are in the garden.  Butterflies that are common in the garden are the Zebra Longwing, Gulf Frittilary, Cloudless Sulphur, Large Orange Sulphur and the Atala Butterfly.  For the best butterfly action it is good to be in the garden right after a light rain when the sun comes out and butterfly tours can be requested through the park office.  The Butterfly Garden is beautifully upkept by the hard working Friends of Oleta River State Park and many volunteers associated with them.  For more information about joinging the Friends of Oleta River State Park, look them up at    https://friendsofoletariverstatepark.wildapricot.org/

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Oleta River - Hiking Nature Trail

We would love for you to join us as we bring in the New Year with a one hour ranger led hike through the beautiful nature trail in Oleta River State Park.  You will be guided by a Park Ranger and will have the opportunity to learn about the history and all of the local flora and fauna that Oleta River State Park has to offer.  Come out and experience the real Florida in one of the largest urban parks in the country!  Pets are welcomed at the 11:00 a.m. hike to enjoy a nice walk while their humans learn all about the park!

January, 1st at 10:00 a.m. in Parking Lot #9

January, 1st at 11:00 a.m. in Parking Lot #9

 (Pets are welcomed at 11:00 a.m.)

 

 

 

 

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Oleta River - Hiking Nature Trail

We would love for you to join us as we bring in the New Year with a one hour ranger led hike through the beautiful nature trail in Oleta River State Park.  You will be guided by a Park Ranger and will have the opportunity to learn about the history and all the local flora and fauna that Oleta River State Park has to offer.  Come out and experience the real Florida in one of the largest urban parks in the country!  Pets will be welcome at the 11:00 a.m. hike to enjoy a nice walk while their humans learn all about the park!

January, 1st at 10:00 a.m. in Parking Lot #9

January, 1st at 11:00 a.m. in Parking Lot #9

 (pets welcome at 11:00 a.m)

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Oleta River - Hiking Nature Trail

Hiking trails are available.

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Oleta River - Mountain Biking

Oleta River State Park currently has over 10 miles of challenging, intermediate mountain bike trails.

Florida Bicycle Trails - A Guide to Florida's Top Paved and Off-Road Trails

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Oleta River - Picnic Pavilion

 

Nine covered picnic pavilions may be rented by reservation. The largest pavilion, "White Ibis," houses 24 picnic tables and includes electric. The rental rate is $160.50 per day, including tax. Eight smaller pavilions each house 10 picnic tables and one very small pavilion has two picnic tables. Water is available at the nearby restrooms. The rental rate for the nine smaller pavilions is $133.75 per day, including tax and the rental rate for the small pavilion is $53.50 per day, including tax.  There is a $250.00 refundable cleanup deposit on the White Ibis and $200.00 refundable cleanup deposit on all other pavilion rentals that must be in the form of a personal or business check. Contact the park office for availability and reservations.

Certain pavilions are ADA-accessible.  Please call the park office at (305) 919-1846 to reserve the accessible pavilions. 

Photos of the pavilions are available by clicking the link below:

http://www.floridastateparks.org/sites/default/files/Division%20of%20Recreation%20and%20Parks/documents/Pavilions.pdf

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Oleta River - Picnicking

Nine covered picnic pavilions may be rented by reservation. The largest pavilion, "White Ibis," houses 24 picnic tables and includes electric. The rental rate is $160.50 per day, including tax. Eight smaller pavilions each house 10 picnic tables and one very small pavilion has two picnic tables. Water is available at the nearby restrooms. The rental rate for the nine smaller pavilions is $133.75 per day, including tax and the rental rate for the small pavilion is $53.50 per day, including tax.  There is a $250.00 refundable cleanup deposit on the White Ibis and $200.00 refundable cleanup deposit on all other pavilion rentals that must be in the form of a personal or business check. Contact the park office for availability and reservations.

Certain pavilions are ADA-accessible.  Please call the park office at (305) 919-1846 to reserve the accessible pavilions.

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Oleta River - Shower Station

Public showers are provided.

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Oleta River - Swimming

Visitors can enjoy the sandy beach and swim in the saltwater lagoon off Biscayne Bay. Please remember that lifeguards are not present on the beach, so swim at your own risk.

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Oleta River - Weddings

Imagine saying your "I do's" on the beach as the waves come ashore at Oleta River State Park. Soon-to-be newlyweds are welcome to reserve their spot on the beach and may also choose to reserve one of the park's pavilions for the reception for an additional fee.  All Wedding and Pavilion reservations must be made in advance in person or by calling (305) 919-1844.

For more Oleta River State Park Wedding Information, including fees and rules, clickPDF iconWedding Information.pdf.

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Oleta River - Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is possible at this park.