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National Seashore Shipyard Island,
New Smyrna Beach,
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Our Route Summary
- Submitted by: Al Vazquez
- Date Submitted: 4/99
- Location: Canaveral National
Seashore Park, New Smyrna Beach FL
- Class: Typically flat water
canals and channels through hammocks
- Distance Paddled: about 3 miles
- Water: brackish, tidal (at low
tide, you may scrape the bottom on mussels in
- Wildlife: Small fiddler crabs,
many types of birds (Egrets, Herons, Ospreys,
Eagles, Ibis, Pelicans, etc.), dolphins,
beautiful blooming cacti, mangroves
Entry and Exit
- Directions: Entry/Exit at the
boat ramp at the Canaveral National Seashore
Park's northern boundary in New Smyrna Beach.
From I-95, take State Route 44 east to A1A. Take
A1A south to the park entrance (about 7 miles).
- GPS: N 28 deg
56.049' W 080 deg 49.782'
- Fee: $5 per vehicle
- Description: Paved boat ramps
with adjacent sand launch areas
- Parking: Non-trailer parking
across the street, paved
- Facilities: Visitors Center with
restrooms and wildlife displays, trails, Indian
mound with observation tower, picnic areas,
camping with permits, old Eldora state house
What We Saw
As the map at the link at left shows, we headed west
from the boat launch across the open
channel to the
opening on the opposite shore that starts the marked
canoe trail. The trail is marked with small numbered
signs, but you'll want to keep the map handy to stay on
track. There are many canals in the Shipyard Island area
that were dug long ago for mosquito control.
The route starts to the south and winds through a
variety of types of vegetation and uplands like the ones
shown at left.
You may have to get out and pull your boat over some
shallow areas, especially at low
tide. But these areas
were taken by beautiful cactus blooms throughout the trip.
Taking in the beautiful sites and sounds while kayaking is quite relaxing and
can even bring on a feeling of meditation as you melt into the world
we also saw numerous, tiny fiddler crabs pictured above. Fiddler
crabs have that name because one
claw is much larger than the other, resembling a fiddle
and a bow.
At the north end of the trail, we continued beyond the
marked trail to have lunch at the Shipyard Campsite where
there are a couple of picnic tables.
||Be sure to allow enough time to see the visitors
center, the site of the long gone city of Eldora and the
state house (where their are huge oak tress draped with
moss) and the Indian Mound.