LUCIE INLET KAYAKING & CANOEING
Paddling Information For Kayak & Canoe Trail
St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park in Stuart, Florida
can enjoy dedicated kayak trails through mangroves.
Welcome to Palm
Beach Kayaking Guide's St. Lucie Inlet Trail page. Thank
you for visiting.
This page will provide you with all the information you need to
enjoy a day of paddling at St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park near
Stuart, Florida (about a half hour north of West Palm Beach.)
The Park comprises the northern 928 acres of Jupiter
Island. Paddlers can enjoy mangrove-lined creeks. Wildlife
is abundant in this beautiful estuary environment.
Paddlers should plan to bring all the supplies they will
need. There are no concession services available. Don't
forget food, drinks, snacks, sunscreen, a hat, towels, a map, a cell
phone and a first aid kit. This is a wilderness area in which it
can be difficult to summon help. Be self reliant.
St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park
4810 S.E. Cove Road
Stuart, Florida 34997
The Park is
open from 8am until sundown 365 days a year.
Take Cove Road
Salerno/Stuart area) east until it dead-ends at the Intracoastal
Waterway. Park on the side of the street. There is a small
county park at the end of Cove Road. Launch from the designated
kayak and canoe launching area.
Note that St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park can only be
accessed by boat. There are no roads within the park. You
will have to paddle across the Intracoastal Waterway from the Cove Road
County Park before getting to St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park.
here to see a driving map. Once the map is displayed, "zoom
east" down Cove Road to see the launch site displayed.
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From the launch site, paddle east across the Intracoastal Waterway.
Then paddle a short distance north until enter a mangrove-lined
creek. Paddle up the creek and into the Preserve.
The main paddling area are outlined above in blue. Land is
solid white. Water is dotted.
Feel free to paddle in other locations. Strong
current can be a factor because the park is located near an ocean
inlet. Wind and power boats can be a factor along the
This picture shows the extreme east end of Cove Road in Port
Saloon. Park along the side of the street. Chances are you
will see several other vehicles with kayak trailer and roof
racks. This is a popular place to paddle!
Carry your boat through the small county park at the end of Cove
Road. The park features a sandy launch site and picnic tables.
This picture shows the launch site available at the end of Cove
Road. In the distance note the power boats using the Intracoastal
Waterway ("ICW") channel. Further east (in the distance) is the
dock and ranger station at St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park.
Just north of the dock and ranger station is the mangrove-lined main
creek through St. Lucie Inlet Preserve Park.
TIP: The best time to paddle is from two hours
before high tide until two after high tide. There are many
sandbars and shallow spots in the area. It's easy to get hung up
at low tide.
eyes open for large birds of prey, manatees and dolphins.
kayak trail is exceptionally clean and well preserved.
Boaters can find St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State
Park in Port Salerno, on the Intracoastal Waterway, 2/3 of a
mile south of the inlet. Day use docking facilities are
available. A small State Park admission fee is charged to use the
dock or other park facilities.
Paddlers can stop at the docks for a break and to
visit the ranger station.
From the ranger station there is a tram. It travels over a long
boardwalk to the beach.
The beach at St. Lucie Inlet Preserve Park is unusually quiet
and natural. There are 2.5 miles of Atlantic beach along
stretch of a Florida barrier island.
The beach is wide, uncrowded and beautiful!
That concludes our paddling information for St. Lucie
Inlet Preserve Park. Click on the links below for additional
Kayak Tours & Rentals At St. Lucie Inlet Preserve Park
Of St. Lucie Inlet Preserve Park Boardwalk & Beach
St. Lucie Inlet Preserve Park
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