|Duval County Boat Launching Ramps|
Talbot Island State Park: ICW, Sawpit Creek at old Fla. A1A bridge over Nassau River; new ramp built in 1999 by Florida DOT as part of new Nassau River Bridge project; operated by Florida DEP Division of State Parks; single-lane ramp, crowded on weekends; $2 charge on honor system.
Fort George River: At Fla. A1A bridge; unimproved sand-and-shell ramp behind old Camp Alamacani; suitable only for small craft and personal watercraft; limited parking; picnic area and grills, portable restrooms; great ICW access for small craft, but beware at low tide.
Sisters Creek Park: ICW at 8203 Heckscher Dr. (Bridge); recently improved double-wide ramp opened last September; adequate parking and new floating concrete docks; restrooms, paved parking lot, other park amenities are currently under construction, but ramp remains open except for brief periods; can't be used much of July because of use of site by Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament.
Joe Carlucci: ICW, McKenna Dr. off Heckscher Dr. on north bank of St. Johns River at juncture with ICW; new, double-wide, rippled-surface ramp; picnic area, restrooms.
Mayport: Off Fla. A1A at village of Mayport just east of ferry slip, about 3 miles from the St. Johns River entrance. After extensive expansion and renovation over the last several years, probably one of the finest ramps for ready access to the ocean on the East Coast. For that reason, it can also be one of the most crowded, despite expanded parking and other facilities; currents, wakes from ocean-going vessels can be a problem.
Oak Harbor: In Oak Harbor Subdivision at 2428 Seaway St. in Mayport off Florida A1A; good access to the ICW and ocean. Good facilities, secluded and seldom overcrowded, but shoaling is an ongoing problem and shallow water at low tide can be a danger even for smaller boats.
Beach Blvd.: Just east of B. B. McCormick drawbridge in Jacksonville Beach behind Beach Marine and Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission headquarters. Good ramp, but parking is very limited.
St. Johns River and tributaries
Lonnie Wurn: At 4131 Ferber Rd. in Fort Caroline area on St. Johns south bank. Recent renovations and dredging have improved the facility, but like all old ramps built in what are now residential areas, parking space is limited.
Bert Maxwell: Located just north of I-95 at 680 Broward Rd. on Trout River: about 3 miles from the St. Johns: this little-used ramp has plenty of parking and a good launching surface. But despite recent dredging, care is needed going in and out.
Dinsmore: On upper reaches of Trout River at junction of U.S. 1 North and Dunn Ave. Recently renovated; limited parking.
T.K. Stokes: On upper reaches of Ribault River on Riverview Ave., off Lem Turner Rd; limited parking.
Harborview: On upper reaches of Ribault River on Harborview Dr.; limited parking.
Arlington Lion's Club: At Lion's Club Park on University Blvd. North, above Jacksonville University campus. One of the best on St. Johns, set in an idyllic park with plenty of parking, nature trails, picnic areas, restrooms.
Arlington Rd.: At foot of Arlington Rd. just north of Mathews Bridge; old single-wide ramp has been renovated over the years, but parking is extremely limited.
Pottsburg Creek: On upper reaches of Pottsburg Creek/Arlington River on Beach Blvd; old ramp with limited parking.
St. Johns Marina: Last ramp going south directly on St. Johns in Duval county, on Gulf Life Dr. downtown directly behind River City Brewing Co. restaurant and hard by Acosta Bridge. Wide and well-surfaced, but parking and access are limited because of location near restaurant and other businesses and ramps to bridge; currents can also be a problem.
Lighthouse Marine: Cedar River, 5434 San Juan Ave. at bridge; recently improved ramp with floating dock, restrooms; opened in 1999; limited parking.
Wayne B. Stevens: Fishing Creek off Ortega River at Ortega Farms Blvd. and Seaboard Ave. (off Timuquana Rd.); recently renovated and dredged; adequate parking, restrooms.
Hood Landing: On Julington Creek at foot of Hood Landing Rd. at Clark's Fish Camp; old single-wide ramp with no dock; parking is virtually non-existent, but ramp offers only ready access to St. Johns from east bank between downtown Jacksonville and St. Johns County.