Thursday, July 21, 2016
I joined one of the monthly kayak tours provided by The St. John's County Parks and Recreation Department. This tour departed from Trout Creek Park (it's a large river so you need to just start somewhere!)
Trout Creek Park is off of the Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway, which runs 17 miles on the East side of St. Johns River along State Road 13, from Jacksonville South to the northwestern part of St. John's County. There are several recreational areas and boat ramps in the area making for easy access to the river. Check out St. John's River Alliance for more details of access to this area.
Our group varied from experienced "yackers" to first-timers. After some initial paddling and safety instruction, our group made its way down Trout Creek:
|Trout Creek opening into Palmo Cove|
The creek and cove are full of estuaries and undeveloped shoreline:
The springs, alcoves and creeks around Palmo Cove make it ripe for exploration, or you can cross it and head out into the wide St. John's River:
|Opening of St. John's River across Palmo Cove|
|Archaeology Sites along the St. John's River - (Florida Master Site File)|
The St. Johns County Parks and Recreation department offers short guided trips at different points along the St. John's River. For a small fee, they'll even bring you a kayak! It's a great way to get started in exploring, understanding and appreciating the longest and most utilized river in our state. To find out about future St. John's County tours, contact Kelly Usina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or find your own means of getting on the river! To learn the access points in your neck of the woods, check out the interactive map at the St. Johns River Alliance. This map shows the river's put-in locations, bathrooms, points of interest, landmarks, etc.
|(Photo found at cartoonngmnexpo.com)|
Text and Photos (except where noted) by FPAN Staff: Robbie Boggs