Distance: 6.55 miles
Level: Advanced paddlers
Summary: Before launching, check the wind and tide direction to determine if you want to start your tour in the river or on the backwaters. Either way, you will see a nice mix of birds in the backwater and dolphin (and manatee during warmer months) in the main river.
In Smyrna Creek, there is very little powerboat traffic except possibility at high tide. However, please be cautious of boat traffic when you get into the river.
Directions: This paddle begins at the public floating docks at 162 North Causeway. Paddle east around to go under the North Causeway Bridge. Continue up the river beside the mangrove forest.
At the intersection of the Intracoastal Waterway’s Ponce de Leon Cut, make a left turn and continue until you get to the housing area. Make a left into Smyrna Creek and paddle south.
You will emerge behind the Marine Discovery Center. Make a right. Follow the property and turn at the next left canal. Continue south to Riverside Drive and turn left. Go under the North Causeway and through the New Smyrna Beach Marina. You will pass two bird rookeries before you return to the launch area.
Launch GPS: N 29 01' 49.84" W 80 55' 01.58"