S24SJRT Coastal, Rivers and Blueways Trails

St Johns River Trail

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St John's River Trail Segment 24 Information 

This Segment consists of legs 15 through 17 of the Lower Basin of the 310 mile long north flowing river. It is the longest flowing river in Florida. Water levels vary considerably with rainfall amounts.  At this point strong tidal currents become an increasingly important consideration the closer you get to the mouth of the river. Plan to use them to your advantage by riding the outgoing tide. Wind can be an important factor on some of the wider parts of the St Johns. Always make sure to carry plenty of water and food. Make sure you leave a good float plan. Carry good maps, a compass and GPS. This Segment is recommended for advanced paddlers only due to strong tidal currents, heavy powerboat traffic and exposure due to the width of the river. For more details contact the St Johns River Alliance. Make sure you make reservations ahead of time at all State and private campgrounds to make sure you have a campsite upon arrival. For the remainder of the St Johns River Trail, See Segments 22, 23 and 25.

N OTE Great care has been taken to ensure this guides accuracy, but weather, tides, and water conditions can change rapidly and create hazardous conditions. These maps are for visual reference only, please consult NOAA Charts for navigation. Paddlers should have all proper safety equipment and check conditions before departure. All paddlers should always wear PFDs while on the water, and leave a float plan. There are inherent dangers in any paddle sport. There are special hazards along the Florida rivers due to shifting tides, changing wind, weather and water levels, and treacherous bottoms with soft mud, rocks, and oysters.  It is up to each paddler to be aware of these dangers, to accept and be prepared for the risks involved, and to be certain they have the skills to safely paddle in these conditions.



Leg 15


Leg 16


Leg 17