ST. LUCIE INLET KAYAKING & CANOEING

Paddling Information For Kayak & Canoe Trail
St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park in Stuart, Florida


Mangroves - South Florida Kayaking - Copyrighted
Paddlers 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.

LOCATION
St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park
4810 S.E. Cove Road
Stuart, Florida 34997
(772) 219-1880
The Park is open from 8am until sundown 365 days a year.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS
  Take Cove Road (Port 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.

  Click 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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St. Lucie Inlet Preserve Park Map - Copyrighted
   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 Intracoastal Waterway.


Cove Road Kayak Launch Site, Florida - Copyrighted
   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!


Picnic Table - Copyrighted
   Carry your boat through the small county park at the end of Cove Road.  The park features a sandy launch site and picnic tables.


St. Lucie Inlet Kayak, Canoe Launch Site - Copyrighted
   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.


Mangrove Estuary - Copyrighted
   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.


Canoeing - Copyrighted
   Keep your eyes open for large birds of prey, manatees and dolphins.

Mangrove Trees In Preserve - Copyrighted
  
The Park's kayak trail is exceptionally clean and well preserved.


Boat Docks - Copyrighted
   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.


Gof Cart Tram - Copyrighted
   From the ranger station there is a tram.  It travels over a long boardwalk to the beach.


South Florida Beach, Sand Dunes - Copyrighted
  The beach at St. Lucie Inlet Preserve Park is unusually quiet and natural.  There are
2.5 miles of Atlantic beach along this stretch of a Florida barrier island.


Building Sand Castles - Copyrighted
   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 information.

MORE INFORMATION
    Guided Kayak Tours & Rentals At St. Lucie Inlet Preserve Park
    Map Of St. Lucie Inlet Preserve Park Boardwalk & Beach
    Boating at St. Lucie Inlet Preserve Park
    Other Local Paddling Destinations From Palm Beach Kayaking & Canoe Guide


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