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Indian River Lagoon Report
(Round Island, Florida, 32963)

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Report By:  lynette422001    Date: 9/24/2009 
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Round Island Park has a canoe/kayak launch, restrooms, a boat ramp, and covered picnic tables. It extends across A1A, including the Atlantic Ocean Beach on the east and the Indian River Lagoon access on the west.

My Report:

Well, as always, a day with sun and light breezes make for great paddling, almost anywhere. On this day, myself and 3 other paddlers explored the maze-like arrangement of islands and channels near Round Island.

I found the canoe/kayak launch to be peculiar. It is marked with a sign and there is a designated parking spot to unload however it is about 50 yards from the water. No problem if you have wheels and there is a barricade to stop anyone with the idea of driving closer. After I launched, I saw the boat ramp. It is a perfectly normal ramp and there was a group of 8 kayakers perfectly normally launching without having to haul their boats 50 yards. We were there on a thursday and it was not crowded. On a busy day when there are lots of motor craft at the boat ramp, I believe that this would constitute discrimination against non motorized craft.

The boat channel is clearly marked from the launch all the way across the lagoon which is a good thing because there are lots of small and large islands and channels and a paddler could easily get lost, though not really for very long.

I and my companions paddled generally south for a short distance and stopped to explore on a spoil island. It was clean with picnic tables and fire rings. The water on the west side was deep enough for a cooling swim. We were joined by a larger group of paddlers (a guided trip with rentals), one of whom enquired as to our group arrangement then flattered me hugely by asking my advice on kayak selection. There are several other nearby islands and we saved them for another day.

We then paddled further south to avoid a big raincloud which seemed to be approaching us from the east. We were treated to the sight of a waterspout and the cloud generously passed us well to the north. After about an hour of poking about in channels and bays (looking for manatees, unsuccessfully), we returned to the boat ramp .

Wildlife sightings on this day include dolphins, osprey, kingfishers, pelicans, cormorants, laughing gulls, many fish, and, as mentioned above, one kayak tour guide.

There are several nearby restaurants which is a good thing because paddling always makes me hungry. I highly recommend Sharky's, immediately east of the North Bridge on the causeway. On this day, we journeyed somewhat farther south to Archie's, on A1A immediately south of the South Bridge in Fort Pierce. It is very quaint and the fish was absolutely fresh.

All these locales are near the ocean, so a side trip for a swim can be easily arranged.

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Location Data:

Difficulty: Easy
Location Type: River
Boat Type: Kayak
Distance (miles): 4
Fees/Costs $: 0

Photos from Round Island, Florida, 32963:    (Click image to view full size)

View from a kayak Restricted
View from a kayak

view from a kayak

Round Island Restricted
Round Island


Open water Restricted
Open water

a great view of the Indian River Lagoon, very expansive and uplifting


Special Interests and Comments:

Special InterestsInformation about the spoil islands in the Indian River Lagoon is available at

Post Date: 9/26/2009

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