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Trip report: March 2015

Callalisa Creek...

Kayaking at New Smyrna Beach, FL,  Creeks & Cuts off the Indian River

Launch from Callalisa Park at the intersection of the South Causeway (Third Avenue) and Peninsula Drive, and explore the meandering Callalisa Creek system along the Indian River. This is tidal saltwater. The main creek winds through salt marsh and mangrove hammock, passing a network of old mosquito control canals and side creeks, which offer a nice respite from wind and tide. An aerial map or GPS would be wise before getting to far into the maze of canals. Popular for fishing and birdwatching. (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)


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Callalisa Creek... Comments and Photos

The more sheltered 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 water birds, plus a variety of fish. Closer to the Indian River main channel, 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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