Report Type: Destination Report Nearest City: Oak Hill, FL Difficulty: Easy Submitted by:JackFL
River Breeze Park is an easy put in with lots of parking, but the boat ramps can be quite busy early and late in the day with power boaters. The Intracoastal channel passes right past, so be wary of yachters and the weekend power squadron. However, once launched there’s wonderful paddling to be had. Dolphins seem to love the boat channel, and we frequently see a number of pods actively feeding. On this trip we saw frequent aerial acrobatics, almost Sea World in the wild within reach of our paddles.
Today we went north from the put in about 1.5 miles. There is a passage to the right moving into Mosquito Lagoon proper. Keeping to the right there is a river-like channel following the island south. This channel ends at a sandy shore suitable for a quick rest stop and picnic or an overnight campsite. There are also a number of NPS campsites in the vicinity.
There are miles of relatively sheltered paddling in and around mangrove islands. The water level can be low so watch the tide tables. However, this keeps the powerboats at bay. There is a plenty of marine life below water and a very diverse bird colony above. This is a terrific place for either a day paddle or a weekend destination.
Ample parking, rest rooms with showers, boat ramps.
River Breeze Park just north of the center of Oak Hill on US Route 1.