Kayaking - Canoeing - Rafting - Fishing - Surfing




St. Johns River at Route 520,
West of Cocoa, Florida USA

By reading further, you agree to our Terms of Use

Copyright 2011 Closewaters LLC- See Terms of Use

Our Route Summary

  • Submitted by: Rob Walker
  • Date Submitted: 1/2002
  • Location: Lone Cabbage Fish Camp west of Cocoa
  • Class: 1, with wind driven waves on the sound
  • Distance Paddled: 4 miles round trip
  • Water Level: tidal
  • Water: fresh
  • Wildlife: Alligators, large flocks of herons, ducks, ibis, etc.
  • Special Regulations: none, be as visible as possible to other boaters; take a flag and horn on your boat and paddle on the outside of turns

Entry and Exit

  • Directions: Exit Interstate 95 at Route 520 west. The boat launch is on the north side of SR520 at the St. Johns River bridge
    - GPS : North 28 degrees 22.320' West 80 degrees 52.263'
  • Fee: none
  • Description: nice boat ramp with 2 floating docks
  • Parking: adjacent paved parking
  • Facilities: Lone Cabbage Fish Camp restaurant and restrooms down the parking lot at the public park
  • Handicap Access:

What We Saw

Launched in a small bay and paddled down stream for 2-3 miles. Upon exiting the bay, veer right and follow the narrow stream.

W3e saw several large alligators and some very large flocks of nesting birds. There were many places along the way to pull out for a break.

You have to be wary of Airboats but you can hear them coming from a long way.

The river flows about 1 mph so paddling upstream is not a problem. After you are done paddling you can always paddle to other side of 520 and have lunch at the fish camp.

This part of the St. Johns seems like it would be a good north up through SR50 but I am unsure of the time It would take.