Friday, July 25, 2014

River Breeze Park

The view looking south along the Indian River
River Breeze is a Volusia County park along US 1, south of New Smyrna.  The popular boat launching ramp is heavily used by fishing boats in the Mosquito Lagoon with access on the Indian River.  The 37 acre park offers restrooms, picnic tables and a playground.  The pier extends into the river along the Intercoastal Waterway along one of the most diverse water areas in America.  Check out the park brochure here..
This location is great for enjoying the outdoors, launching your fishing vessel or kayak, a picnic lunch or just spending a day with a fishing line in the water.  Canaveral National Seashore is across the lagoon and there is camping on some of the spoils islands you can see from the pier. Seminole Rest, a portion of the Canaveral National Seashore is just a couple miles down the road.
A few years ago, the Boy Scout Troop I was with camped in the woods on the north side of the property,  We visited NASA, fished and enjoyed being on the water and spent 2 nights beneath the clearest skies and stars I have ever seen in Florida.  A hiking trail runs through the old grove site there today.
If you are into birding, Merrit Island is just a short way down the road.  You can also reach the lower end of the Canveral National Seashore beaches there.
The park is not close to a large city and it is rural in nature.  I mention it because of the kayak launching, nearby National Parks and on-the-water-camping close by.  To get there, go south from New Smyrna or north from Titusville on US 1.
Shallow water by the dock and ramp

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