Comments: 5AM-10PM. This ramp located at the confluence of Sisters Creek and the St. Johns River is a well utilized ramp for offshore and inshore boaters. Since the construction of the new Sisters Creek Marina/Kingfish site, some of the crowds have been reduced by boaters using the alternate site. However, this ramp is always at capacity on weekends and some weekdays during the summer. Overall, the ramp is in excellent condition and well regarded by boaters.
Sisters Creek Park: ICW at 8203 Heckscher Dr. (Bridge); recently improved double-wide ramp opened last September; adequate parking and new floating concrete docks; restrooms, paved parking lot, other park amenities are currently under construction, but ramp remains open except for brief periods; can't be used much of July because of use of site by Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament.
Important notice: Sisters Creek Marina will serve as the host site for this year's Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament July 5 through July 27. During this time, the boat ramps and park will be closed to the general public.
During this time, the closest available boat ramps will be Joe Carlucci and Palms Fish Camp boat ramps.
Mayport boat ramp is used almost exclusively by boaters heading offshore and to the Mayport jetties for fishing. It is the largest ramp in Duval County and can handle the largest trailerable boats. Some shoaling has been reported just off the base of the ramp, however this is only a problem for the largest boats at very low tides. Recent improvements have alleviated many of the problems of overcrowding, although parking is still tight on busy weekends. Swift currents make loading and unloading boats challenging during extreme conditions. The sometimes difficult water conditions and crowds may intimidate less experienced boaters who may use Intracoastal
Catering to the casual and avid fisherman and their families, outdoor enthusiasts, or just those looking for a quiet respite in a beautiful setting, Welaka Lodge and Resort luxury cottage accomodations in an Old Florida setting.
Welaka Lodge & Resort consists of one and two bedroom cottages. These cottages are built in the Florida Vernacular (Cracker) style with wide porches, metal roofs, and traditional lap or board-n-batten siding.
In addition to cottages we offer twelve full hookup 20/30/50 amp RV sites with picnic table and fire ring.With the amenities provided we are an ideal location for family reunions, corporate retreats, and wedding.
Notes from Owner: 6 Years ago we purchased an old fish camp. we totally renovated and built new cottages ,Rv sites and marina. (12 Full Hook Up 50 amp RV Sites accomadate any size RV. Four modern cottages, swimming pool and 14 slip marina)
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.
Lake Crescent, at 16,000 acres, is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the State of Florida. The lake is approximately 13 miles in length and 2 miles wide. It connects to the St. John's River on the North via Dunn's Creek. Largely undeveloped, the entire eastern shore of Lake Crescent is in it's "natural state".
If you would like to stay at Crescent Lake check out the Lake Crescent Resort Lake Crescent Resort features 6 Motel Efficiency Rooms, 2 Suites, Park model RV rental, 26 RV Sites, Marina with 28 Covered Slips, Fishing Pier, Boat Ramp, Swimming Pool, Bait and Tackle Store
The Ocklawaha River was dammed up when the Cross-Florida Barge Canal was being built. You can only go as far as the Rodman Dam. Upon entering the river, we felt like little kids seeing Disney World for the first time. The scenery was breath taking and I can't adequately describe it. It was like being in Florida before it was settled. The Cypress trees, alligators, many species of birds, etc. were sights to behold. The only signs of civilization until the Rodman Dam were some pontoons and other shallow fishing craft. There is a landing just before the bridge at Rodman Dam, and this is a good time to break for a picnic lunch before returning to the St. Johns.
Cross-Florida Barge Canal: The building of the canal, that was supposed to go all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, was stopped, due to environment concerns. We entered into the lock, cruised a while into the canal and then returned to the river. The scenery on the canal bank is quite plain, but we spotted lots of alligators, herons, a wild turkey and other bird life.