The Creeks and Rivers of the IntraCoastal
Only about 8-10 miles distant from the
St. Johns river is the Indian
River Lagoon System, also known
as part of the Intracoastal Waterway.
It is made up of the Indian
river and all the inlets, creeks and rivers that feed into it.
From the east, salt water from the Atlantic
flows through several inlets, and from the west fresh water
flows towards the sea. It makes for a briney water, with different
plants and wildlife than I am used to seeing.
I got a kayak first, then Judy and other
girlfriends got interested and started getting boats and paddling
too. Now I spend every weekend I can out in the kayak, with
or without other paddlers!
The creeks and rivers we ride are typically
narrow and winding, with incredible scenery - and often a manatee
or dolphin encounter.
Let me show you some of the
various places we have explored, and give you some info on
where to launch and what to look for....
the first creek I every kayaked in my own boat, it remains
my favorite. There are different parts to the ride that make
it interesting and beautiful, and my very best manatee encounters have been there.
Honest Johns - I brought my own boat and friends rented
kayaks here so we could paddle around the intracoastal to see how
they liked kayaking.
Eau Gallie River - lots
of opportunity for adventure! You start off in salt water at
the edge of the Indian River, heading east through the marina,
then you can go north or south. North you can stop at the dam,
or port your kayak over for another pretty ride. If you go
South there are two short branches to explore.
Turkey Creek - this can
be a long ride for a beginner, and you have to paddle against
a strong current after a heavy rain, but absolutely beautiful.
Expect to see lots of turtles, and if you're lucky, manatee.
Goat Creek - heavenly. Just
heavenly. There are more flowers along this creek than any
other I've kayaked, and some scenic spots you just wouldn't
believe. For the brave, there is a totally wild portion at
the end, but you must be willing to paddle through some tight
Picnic Island - right off
the shore from the opening to Goat Creek is a small spoil island.
We like to take the dogs there to get out and run, and it's
nice to walk in the shallows and enjoy the scenery.
Thousand Islands - paddle
through tunnels of Mangroves, see stingrays in the shallow
waters, and watch manatee feed along the edges. See a Rosy
Spoonbill in a quiet lagoon. Take someone with you who will
lead the way through spider webs.
River - we haven't
kayaked the Sebastian River yet, but here is a trip we took
on a tour boat. It is wild and beautiful, and I look forward
to kayaking it someday soon!