Governor’s Creek Boat Ramp (2 lanes)- located east of US Highway 17 in Green Cove Springs on the north bank of Governor’s Creek. The fishing pier and covered picnic area are in constant use by the public
Middleburg (Main Street) Boat Ramp is located off SR 21 (Blanding Blvd.) at the end of Main Street in the Middleburg area. Approximately 30 paved parking spaces have been provided along with a restroom, picnic areas, two fishing piers, and boardwalks through the wetlands and a modular play structure. Additional parking is provided south of the boat ramp.
Old Ferry Boat Ramp serves Black Creek and the concrete ramp is in good condition, and the parking area is paved and marked. The boat ramp is located at the end of Old Ferry Road off CR 209 in the Doctors Inlet/ Ridgewood area. Parking is limited.
Knight’s Boat Ramp and Marina Facility is located on Black Creek at Highway 17 north of Green Cove Springs. The facility consists of 3 boat ramp lanes, a new restroom, paved parking, a 250' fishing pier and a 40-slip boat docking facility that is available for leasing to the public. There is a pavilion with a picnic area that provides a scenic view of Black Creek and the St. Johns River. The sale of fuel, both regular and diesel, is also available.
Lake Shore Boat Ramp (2 lanes) is located at the northerly end of Lake Shore Drive and serves Doctors Lake. The boat ramp and parking area are paved and in good condition. There is a pier adjacent to the boat ramp for loading and unloading as well as fishing. Construction of new restroom was recently completed
Recreational activities include camping, picnicking, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, fishing, bird watching, wildlife viewing, outdoor photography, and hiking. Our trail systems through the uplands and the wetlands offer scenic tracts for the hiking enthusiast. Camping facilities include 15 tent sites, two lodges with bunk beds sleeping 16 people per cabin, 9 tree house cabins, each accommodating 4 people, and 7 cabins with bunk beds sleeping 4 – 8 people. Each campsite has a bathhouse with full restroom accommodations, and a unit house with electricity, including a stove and refrigerator. Located throughout the park, and at each campsite, are picnic tables and grills for use by campers and park visitors. To minimize impacts on our natural resources and to protect our plant and wildlife communities, vehicle access is limited. Camping sites and cabins are accessed by walking trails. The park is ideally suited as a natural outdoor environmental education facility when you consider the setting, location, and proximity of diverse upland and wetland ecosystems. Classes and naturalist programs for organized groups and the public will be available in outdoor and indoor classrooms. The natural outdoor laboratory will allow an opportunity for all conservation minded organizations to become involved with projects to promote protection and conservation enhancement of aquatic, terrestrial habitat, and wildlife in St. Johns watersheds.
Stop by for a picnic or a scenic nature hike, attend one of our naturalist programs, or stay for a day or two in one of our tree house cabins. Enjoy a bird’s eye view overlooking the Peters Creek floodplain surrounded by spectacular forested wetland communities of mature cypress and hardwoods. We have it all for the outdoor enthusiast.
Spring Park is located on Magnolia Avenue and opened to the public from dawn to dusk. This park hosts many of the City's activities, such as our famous Memorial Day RiverFest held in May. The park includes state-of-the-art playground equipment for children of all ages and numerous covered shelters for family gatherings, picnics or just relaxing in the shade.
The Park is nestled serenely along the western bank of the St. Johns River. As the river's cool breeze sweeps through the Park, the spanish moss draping the beautiful oaks becomes animated and visitors are captivated by the majestic St. Johns River. Nature's signature piece of art is the mystical spring. The water surges up from below at a rate that has at times exceeded 3,000 gallons per minute and at a constant temperature of 78 degrees. It flows out the spring, through the municipal swimming pool and finally into Spring Run as it makes its journey to the St. Johns River some 200 feet away.
Note. Docking is 10.00 for the day (24 hours)
*Also, there are 5 Restaurants within walking distance of the dock.
The creek is named for the water coloration, caused by the presence of tannin from decaying leaves and vegetation. It is considered to be one of the cleanest creeks in the state. In shallow areas, the creek water is stained red, and in deeper waters, the water appears black. Sections of the creek have eroded surrounding terrain and have formed deep ravines. The lower creek basin is affected by the tidal influences of the St. Johns River. Be sure to bring your camera.
This is a great ride if you would like to spend the day on the water.