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Trip report: Nov. 2014

St. Sebastian River... Paddling a Natural Florida River

St. Sebastian River straddles Brevard and Indian River Counties on Florida's Space Coast, one of the Florida east coast's last remaining natural rivers. Feeding into Indian River Lagoon, the river is divided into a North and South Prong; the South is the more popular route. Upstream, the river is more narrow and scenic, toward the Indian River it gets wider with more motor boat traffic. (Detailed map and photos below.)

paddle St. Sebastian River, kayak, canoe

Distance: varies
Location: Brevard and Indian River Counties (Sebastian)
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Tidal: Yes, especially closer to the Indian River
Launch points: Dale Wimbrow Park, Sebastian Canoe/Kayak Launch (See map)
Nearby points of interest: Melbourne Beach, Vero Beach, Sebastian Inlet State Park, Cape Canaveral

Rentals/Outfitters/Tours:

About Kayaks  (rentals)

St. Sebastian River... Comments and Photos

The water is brackish to fresh tidal, both salt and fresh water vegetation were observed with marsh and scrub, mangrove, oak, pine, cypress and palm trees. The South Prong is the more popular route, between Dale Wimbrow Park and the Sebastian Canoe/Kayak Launch. The North Prong connects to the C54 Canal and St. Sebastian River State Park (no launch).


Paddling on the South Prong

About Kayaks outfitter shuttled us to the Sebastian Canoe/Kayak Launch and we paddled downstream about six miles to Dale Wimbrow Park. The river upstream is more narrow with many twists and turns and a fairly swift current for the first 1.5 miles. We were there at high water and ran into no obstacles. Approaching and past Dale Wimbrow Park the river gets wider and more motorboat traffic observed. We saw some homes in this section, but much of the shoreline is set aside for conservation.


Dale Wimbrow Park

Dale Wimbrow Park has parking, restrooms, boat ramp and launch, picnic tables, grills, and playground. Located across from Dale Wimbrow Park, About Kayaks outfitter was very accommodating to paddlers' needs.


Flora and Fauna

Wildlife include wading birds, eagles, osprey, otter, alligator, turtles and fish. We didn't see much wildlife, perhaps due to the time of year - turtles, birds, one alligator. We were dodging the jumping mullet. Manatee can be found depending on the season, but we did not see any this trip. We saw signs of wild boar along the riverbanks.

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