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Trip report: March 2015

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.)

paddle Callalisa 
		    Creek, New Smyrna Beach, kayak, canoe

Distance: varies
Location: Volusia County (New Smyrna Beach)
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Tidal: Yes
Launch points: Callalisa Park (See map)
Nearby points of interest: New Smyrna Beach, Ponce Inlet, Canaveral National Seashore (north)

Rentals/Outfitters/Tours:

Nichols Surf Shop  (rentals)

Paddleboard New Smyrna  (rentals)

Callalisa Creek... Comments and Photos

The best better paddling is to 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.


Callalisa Park - mangrove channels

We launched at Callalisa Park and paddled around along the channels, through the mangrove.


Callalisa Park - Indian River

North from Callalisa Park, to the Indian River and Atlantic Ocean access at Ponce Inlet is about 3 miles. In this area you'll run into powerboats.

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