Callalisa Creek... Paddling at New Smyrna Beach
Launch from Callalisa Park at the intersection of the South Causeway (Third Avenue) and Peninsula Drive and explore meandering Callalisa Creek. This is salt water and the creek winds through salt marsh and mangrove hammock. The creek is tidal, paddling against the tide can be a workout and at low tide you may need to pull your kayak or canoe in some areas. Good for fishing. (Detailed map and photos below.)
From the launch at Callalisa Park, going north leads to the Indian River and Atlantic Ocean access at Ponce Inlet is about 3 miles; in this area you'll run into powerboats. For better paddling, go south under the bridge and then explore the many channels and byways of Callalisa Creek. The channels were cut out for mosquito control - be careful, it's easy to get lost in the maze.
Callalisa Park has boat/canoe/kayak launch, parking and picnic tables. Wildlife along the creek include many waterbirds including ibis, pelicans and more, plus a variety of fish. Closer to the Indian River, manatee and dolphins may be seen.
More information (opens in a new window):
Paddling in Florida - Kayak, Canoe
Nichols Surf Shop
Paddleboard New Smyrna