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Turkey Creek - Palm Bay, FL USA
As we paddled westward from the park, we saw turtles sunning themselves on logs and several manatees. The creek narrowed as we passed under a road bridge and entered the Turkey Creek Sanctuary area. The creek turned back and forth under a nice canopy past high sand bluffs, a unique geological characteristic of this creek.
On one trip, my son and I watched a young manatee with its head completely out of the water nibbling on some bushes in this area.
Please stay in your kayak or canoe throughout the sanctuary until you arrive at the park's canoe takeout shown at left. You may get out there and take a hike along a nature trail on elevated boardwalks along the sand bluffs overlooking the creek (see below) or to the park office where there is a small, excellent museum of local wildlife, refreshments, and a restroom.
After lunch, we continued up the creek (with a paddle) about a quarter of a mile to the foot of a dam that marks the end of the kayak trail. This area is almost always full of manatees, so proceed with care to avoid scaring these large, gentle creatures.
Turkey Creek is a great kayak trip for the family with wonderful wildlife and a great park to visit at the turnaround point.
You can read about Palm Bay Florida or learn about it's wildlife and geography while you're earning your online degrees but in order to really experience it you need to visit. It truly is a beautiful place.