The St. Johns River begins its 310 mile freshwater journey from headwaters in central Florida, and flows north where it meets the Intracoastal before going out to sea in Jacksonville. One of the most beautiful areas of the St. Johns River is just 30 minutes West of St. Augustine. Your day begins in Palatka and heads south where the river narrows and the destinations are many! You will be surrounded by the tranquil beauty of Spanish moss covered cypress trees and fields of water lilies. You are very likely to spot manatees, turtles, an alligator or two, otters and several species of birds.

Mike knows all the best fishing spots! The fish are plentiful including Bass, Drum, Stripers, Speckled Perch, Bream, Bluegills and Catfish. In Dunns Creek you can visit “Georgia Boys Fish Camp” to stock up on more bait, tackle, sodas or snacks. Then choose to visit Crescent Lake or leisurely cruise the beautiful winding Ocklawaha River or watch the fish swimming in crystal clear Salt Creek Run.

For those wanting to jump in the water, Salt Springs or Silver Glen are popular swimming holes! Another favorite place for boaters to gather, picnic and get wet is the Palatka Sandbar! There are also several spots along the river to get off the boat, have some lunch or quench your thirst. Some favorite stops are featured on this page. There is something for everyone from places for picnics to casual dockside dining or a gourmet meal.