March 28, 2023

Paddle Deep Creek Conservation Area

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Southwest of St. Augustine, Florida

General Information

Hours: Open 24/7

Google coordinates: 29.723823, -81.484087

Location Description: Parking is under and alongside the bridge. Locate a small driveway on the south side of SR 207 heading east across the bridge. Beware there are no restrooms.

The kayak launch is at the end of a hard packed and broken concrete road that ends in sand and mud.

Insider Tips from a Naturalist

This location is a small boat/kayak launch into a freshwater creek, 16 miles southwest of St Augustine, along SR 207. If you are like me and in search of kayak trips that will get you away from the distractions, engine noises of the city and into protected wilderness areas, this is it. There are 5,642 acres of floodplain swamps with 5.5 miles of waterway from the SR 207 launch site to the opening into the St Johns River.

This is a beautiful wilderness area to explore with almost no signs of the modern world. A half mile out you will see one dock and the overpass for the Rails-to-Trails bike route that spans east to west over the creek – after that there is no human made structure until you see the St. Johns River.

We often see red belly cooters and Florida chicken turtles sunning themselves in the warm sun on the many logs along the banks. There are starting to be fewer alligators, but you’ll likely still see some if you’re a quiet paddler. There are many water birds here throughout the year and sightings of manatee in the spring and summer months. River otters can usually be found during the colder months of the year.

If you’re looking for a flatwater ecotour that is protected from high winds and very little tidal flow (1-2’) this is your trip.

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