Canoe, Kayak Fishing Access

Space Coast North, Freshwater

(State Road-46 Lake Harney Area to SR-528 Cocoa)
Note; Click on property name to go to official website for property.
 
C.S. Lee Park(Seminole County)
4600 E. State Road 46
Geneva, FL 32732
Phone: (407) 788-0405
Heading east on State Road 46 from I-95, you will pass through a sliver of Volusia County, then cross the St John's River and the park will be on the right. This park is open 24 hours a day. This park also has a boat ramp and a pavilion available. Lake Harney offers great speck fishing and is found about a mile north of the Ramp while the mouth of the Little Big Econ River, is located about a mile to the south.
GPS N 28 42.897 W 81 02.140
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Six Mile Creek;
5900 State Road 46, Mims
FROM I-95 take SR-46 Exit-223, go west 5.9 miles on W Main St/SR-46. The entrance is on the north side of the road.
Boat ramps open 24 hours a day.
Located in the Six Mile Creek Wildlife Refuge, this 4.15-acre community river park features a boat ramp with unpaved parking for up to 50 cars and boat trailers. The ramp allows access to the St. John’s River six miles southwest through Little Salt Lake, Salt Lake, Loughman Lake and Clark Lake. This ramp is best reserved for smaller boats and Gheenoes.
ADA ACCESS: Advance notice needed for special accommodations.
Editors Note; Be prepared for shallow waters in the first pond after going under the State Road 46 Bridge. Very shallow and may be impassible during dry season.
GPS N 28 39.960 W 80 54.668
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Hatbill Park
100 Hatbill Road, Mims
FROM I-95, take SR-46 Exit-223 west towards Mims/Sanford. Stay on SR-46 for 4.1 miles to Hatbill Road. Turn left and go 8.5 miles to the Hatbill Rd/Baxter Point Rd intersection, keep left and go 0.5 miles to the park.
Boat ramp open 24 hours a day.
This 15-acre park offers sport fishing from shoreline or boat. Features include a boat ramp accessing the St. Johns River and port-o-lets. Primitive camping by permit on weekends. Call 321-264-5037 for permit and info.
GPS N 28 36.351 W 80 57.731
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Loughman Lake Lodge
1955 Hatbill Rd, Mims, FL. (321) 268-2277
Loughman Lake Lodge is a lodge on Loughman Lake that can be accessed from Hatbill Road. Follow the directions for Hatbill Park just above from I-95 to Hatbill Road. Soon after entering Hatbill Road you will see the signs for the Lodge on the left side. Follow signs. It is a privately owned lodge with a restaurant, RV sites, tent camping, and several cabins for rent. They offer Airboat tours of the St. John's from here and there is also a pay per use boat ramp. They do allow shoreline fishing on their property without charge for day visitors (Verified by phone call). Word of Caution; It is very easy to become trapped in this wilderness setting due to the fact that they serve great food, cold beer, a great view of the St. John's River Wilderness from the restaurant and bar, live bands, biker parties, airboat races, kids activity days and other distractions which could entirely ruin a day of fishing!!
GPS N 28 38.774 W 80 56.270
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Chain of Lakes
Snowy Egret Drive, Titusville
Parks Referendum Project
FROM I-95, take SR-46 Exit 223 toward Mims, and go east on W. Main Street (FL-46) 1.5 miles. Turn RIGHT onto US Hwy 1, go 1.5 miles then left on Jay Jay Road. The entrance to Snowy Egret Drive is on the right.
FROM US Hwy 1, turn east onto E. Jay Jay Rd (.3 miles north of Dairy Rd or .5 miles south of Parrish Rd). The entrance to Snowy Egret Drive is on the right.
Open after 7:00 a.m. until dark.
Chain of Lakes is a regional stormwater park and athletic facility, containing soccer fields, softball fields, a walking trail and a large stormwater retention lake east of the fields that has been stocked with freshwater gamefish. Due to the fact it is a stormwater facility it is posted as catch and release only.
GPS N 28 38.584 W 80 49.642
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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge South Barrow Pits;
Take the Max Brewer Causeway to the Refuge on State Road 406 and follow the road as it turns to the right at the Black Point Wildlife Drive. Just before you reach the entrance to the Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center you will see a pull off to your right with a barricaded Trail. You can pull up to the barricade and off to the side and park. Just beyond there will be a canoe launch area and just down the trail a bit is a fishing dock overlooking the first pond. The Refuge personel advise catch and release fishing only due to elevated mercury levels in the fish of unknown origin.
GPS N 28 38.577 W 80 44.399
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Fox Lake Park
4400 Fox Lake Road, Titusville
Parks Referendum Project
FROM SR-50 AT SR-405, go north 2.1 miles on SR-405, turn left and go 1.4 miles to the end of Fox Lake Road (west of I-95).
Open after 7:00 a.m. until dark, except for scheduled use.
Fox Lake park is a popular fishing area in Titusville that has plenty of shoreline fishing opportunities. In fact it is probably one of the better shoreline freshwater fisheries around. My second largest largemouth bass came right off the dock at this park, 7.5 lbs, on a live shiner caught on breadballs at the dock. Also, this lake has a good crappie fishery from shore during the early spring.
GPS N 28 35.271 W 80 52.385
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Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area; (Orange County)
3365 Taylor Creek Road
Christmas, FL 32709-9130
(407) 568-5893
Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area (WMA) covers 30,701 acres along 19 miles of the St. Johns River in eastern Orange County. There are several shorline fishing site you can drive to. The shoreline of the St John's can be access by driving into the entrance road, (Beehead Road), pay fee at self pay kiosk (a few bucks) and continue on Beehead until the first left at Nicholas Road. Proceed to next right at Powerline Road and follow road to absolute end. It will feel like forever and you will cross Jim Creek over two rustic looking auto bridges. Don't be afraid to fish the ditches on the side of the road in some of the wider sections. There are also several man made lakes along the southern edge of the property. Take Beehead from main entrance until you come to Fish Hole Road, take a right and follow this until it meets with Long Bluff Road, go under State Road 528. One lake is on Long Bluff Road while the other two are off of a side road to the left of Long Bluff. You can also try Tootoosahatchee Creek, which can be accessed by a bridge over the creek, by taking the entrance road to Nicholas, turning left and following it past Powerline Road to a parking trailhead just past the Horse camp area. The creek will be a short hike up this section of the Florida Scenic Trail.
GPS N 28 29.912 W 80 59.903
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Florida State Parks Website
The Florida National Scenic Trail Map 23, Tosohatchee, covers this region and can be purchased via the Florida Trail Association; visit their Web site for an order form.
Florida Trail Association Website
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Map
Out in the Boonies Website Good site!
 
Fay Lake Wilderness Park
6300 Fay Boulevard, Port St John
LOCATED west of I-95 at the end of Fay Boulevard.
Open after 7:00 a.m. until dark, except for scheduled use.
At the west end of Fay Boulevard, this 192.7-acre community park offers access to a 27-acre fishing lake. Shoreline fishing, kayaking and small boats with electric motors allowed.
GPS N 28 27.694 W 80 50.054
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Pine Island Conservation Area;
Take I-95 to the State Road (SR) 528 East exit to Merritt Island. Proceed east on SR 528 approximately seven miles to the SR 3 exit. Turn left on SR 3 (north) over the barge canal and go approximately five miles to Pine Island Road. Turn left on Pine Island Road and proceed 2.5 miles to the main entrance gate located at the western end of Pine Island Road. This site has both freshwater pond and saltwater lagoon fishing. but shore access may be somewhat limited, particularly for salt.
Here's a couple of more websites and a property map.
GPS N 28 29.552 W 80 43.302
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SJRWMD Website / SJRWMD Property map
 
Kings Park
995 Chase Hammock Road, Merritt Island
FROM US Hwy 1, take SR-528 east 2.7 miles, turn left onto Courtenay Parkway (SR-3) and go 3.1 miles.Turn right and go 0.9 miles on Chase Hammock.
Open after 7:00 a.m. until dark.
This 240-acre park is a haven for freshwater fishing. Two lakes and a creek with a multiuse trail make for an interesting fishing location. Note; While I haven't fished this area since the park was built, back in the early 1980s when I lived in Merritt Island, I used to fish the roadside creeks of Hall Road ( 1 block south of Chase Hammock) and in one spot, access this property by jumping a narrow ditch. The creeks and channels of this property where loaded with snook, tarpon, and seatrout in addition to largemouth bass and bluegills. If it is still that way after the park has been built, I don't know, but I hope so.
GPS N 28 26.840 W 80 41.690
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North; SR 528 north
Central; SR 528 to SR 192
South; SR192 south
Shoreline / Docks
 
 

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