St. Sebastian River - Rick & Mary Ann's Place

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St. Sebastian River - Sebastian, FL


The St. Sebastian River straddles Brevard and Indian River Counties on Florida's Space Coast, one of the Florida east coast's last remaining natural rivers. Feeding into Indian River Lagoon, the river is divided into a North and South Prong; the South is the more popular route. Upstream, the river is more narrow and scenic, toward the Indian River it gets wider with more motor boat traffic.

This paddle is 60 miles from my house. I launch from  Dale Wimbrow Park -- they have parking, restrooms, boat ramp and launch, picnic tables, grills, and a playground. This is flat water and perfect for beginners to see manatee, and gators. Other wildlife include wading birds, eagles, osprey, otter, turtles and fish.

This paddle is not really worth the long drive as most of the scenery is similar to other local paddles. I am a solo paddler but  was talked into this large group paddle by a friend who thought it might be interesting. My friend volunteered us to paddle "clean-up" and we were last in line to insure stragglers didn't get lost or need help. We returned to a brutal north wind making the trip back to the launch point difficult and time consuming. By the time we got back to the truck everyone was long gone, I won't do that again.

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