Six Water Sports Spots in Jacksonville
Whether you like to kayak, paddleboard, fish, pontoon, or ski, one thing is true. Jacksonville is a great place to live! We have water everywhere you look.
Here's how to start taking advantage of all our waterways. Use these spots to put in and enjoy life on the water.
Beach Boulevard Boat Ramp
If you’re between downtown and the beaches this is an easy way to get on the water. This urban put-in has space for trailers and quieter water for those who want to avoid motors. This spot is also next to All Wet Sports, making rentals an easy option as well.
Bee Street Park
Want the urban paddling experience but with a smaller craft? Bee Street Park is for you! Located on the Saint John’s River, this launch is made for non-motorized crafts only. It’s location - just east of San Marco - makes it a great retreat from the concrete and an easy commute for those living just east of the river.
Dinsmore Boat Ramp
If you’re on the Northwest side of town, this ramp may be right for you. Restrictions keep this spot for boats under 22 feet, making this Trout River area feel a little more secluded. It’s a great option if you prefer to keep to smaller waterways.
Little Talbot Island State Park
It’s no secret that this park is one of the most charming in the area. Beautiful surf and fishing have made this a well-known destination for enjoying the long Florida summers. Two miles of trails keep options open if you want a longer and more varied day beyond the water.
Manatees on the South Side
Mandarin Park Boating
If you live South of the JTB, a great option is Mandarin Park. This spot has a boat ramp ideal for motors or paddles. Grills and a playground make for fun after the water too. You may want to stay in the water a little long though, because this park is 1000’ from a manatee zone!
Wayne B. Steven Boat Ramp
If you live on the west side of downtown, don’t fret. This boat ramp is closer than you think. With room for motors and paddles, this spot is close to small inlets, bigger thoroughfares, and the Saint John’s River. Ample parking makes this ramp a great option if you want in the water without the drive.
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