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Public Launch Sites


The following sites are the primary access points for the blueways listed in this guide. As noted, some may have fees and other requirements.

1. Alimacani Boat Ramp. From Jacksonville –North on I-95 to SR 9A and exit to Heckscher Drive/SR 105. Follow northbound signs for Heckscher Drive (actual direction is easterly) and drive past Huguenot Park. Approximately 1⁄2 mile past the park, exit to right at the sign for the boat ramp before crossing the bridge. From Amelia Island - South on A1A past Amelia Island Plantation toward Jacksonville, over Nassau Sound bridge, past Big and Little Talbot Island State Parks, over next bridge, go 2/10 mile and turn right at jug handle U-turn, head back towards bridge, exit right at boat ramp sign before bridge. No fee. Launch area is a sand/shell beach. Portable toilets, picnic shelter/grill, no water, no phone.

2. Big Talbot Island State Park. From Jacksonville: North on I-95 or SR 9A, exit to Heckscher Dr/SR 105. Follow northbound signs for Heckscher Drive (actual direction is easterly) about 20 miles to Big Talbot Island State Park’s northern end. Turn left just before crossing the Nassau Sound Bridge. From Amelia Island – South on A1A, over Nassau Sound Bridge, to the first right turn after the bridge and Big Talbot Island State Park boat ramp. There is a $3.00 user fee to launch. The launch area is a concrete ramp with floating dock with restrooms and water fountains available.

3. Cedar Point Boat Ramp. From Jacksonville: From I-95 or SR 9A, exit to Heckscher Dr/ SR 105. Follow northbound signs for Heckscher Drive (actual direction is easterly). Proceed to first traffic light east of State Highway 9A and turn left onto New Berlin Road. On New Berlin Road, travel approximately 3.8 miles and turn right (east bound) at the “Y” intersection onto Cedar Point Road Travel 6 miles on Cedar Point Road. Launch is a dirt ramp on dirt road to left before end of pavement. From Amelia Island - South on A1A past Amelia Island Plantation toward Jacksonville, over Nassau Sound bridge, past Big and Little Talbot Island State Parks, go 18 miles, turn right at New Berlin Rd. On New Berlin Road, travel approximately 3.8 miles and turn right (east bound) at the “Y” intersection onto Cedar Point Road. Travel 6 miles on Cedar Point Road. Launch is a dirt ramp on dirt road to left before end of pavement. No fees. No restrooms, food, water, or phone. Access to Cedar Point Creek, Horseshoe Creek, Hannah Mills Creek, and the ICW.

4. Deedee Bartels County Boat Ramp. From Jacksonville: North on I-95 to exit 373 (Callahan/Fernandina Beach/A1A). East on A1A/SR 200 for 16 miles to the intersection of Atlantic Ave and A1A. Turn right on Atlantic Ave. then left on 14th St. Continue 2 miles to boat ramp at end of road. Launch is a sandy beach. No fee or phone.

5. Dutton Island (marked as Pine Island on USGS topographical maps). East on Atlantic Boulevard (SR-10), cross the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), Mayport Road exit, left at third traffic light onto Dutton Island Road, follow to Dutton Island Preserve. Follow road to left to launch area. Launch is a floating dock. No fees. Trash cans and restrooms available.

6. Long Island Outfitters. From Jacksonville: From I-95 or SR 9A, exit to Heckscher Dr/ SR 105. Follow northbound signs for Heckscher Drive (actual direction is easterly) and drive past Little Talbot Island State Park. 1/2 mile past entrance to the Park turn left at kayak/sign for Kayak Amelia. From Amelia Island – South on A1A, over Nassau Sound Bridge, 4.5 miles on right at kayak/sign for Kayak Amelia. Fee: $1/person. Launch is gravel ramp and a floating dock at low tide. Phone, water, restroom, picnic shelter, cold drinks/snacks, and some supplies.

7. Melton Nelson Boat Ramp on A1A in Yulee. From Jacksonville: North on I-95 to exit 373 (Callahan/Fernandina Beach/A1A). East on A1A/SR 200 toward Yulee, about 4 miles, the boat ramp is on right. From Amelia Island: west on A1A/SR200, boat ramp is 5.5 miles past ICWW bridge on left. Launch is concrete ramp. No fee. No restrooms, food, water, or phone.

8. Palms Fish Camp Boat Ramp. From Jacksonville: From I-95 or SR 9A, exit to Heckscher Dr/ SR 105. Follow northbound signs for Heckscher Drive (actual direction is easterly). Proceed on Heckscher Drive for 3.8 miles from 9A. Palms Fish Camp is on the left side of Heckscher Drive just across Clapboard Creek. From Amelia Island - South on A1A past Amelia Island Plantation toward Jacksonville, over Nassau Sound Bridge go 13.8 miles to Palms Fish Camp on right. No fees. Launch is a concrete ramp. No restrooms. Parking is limited.

9. Pumpkin Hill Road. From Jacksonville: From I-95 or SR 9A, exit to Heckscher Dr/ SR 105. Follow northbound signs for Heckscher Drive (actual direction is easterly). Proceed to the first traffic light east of State Highway 9A and turn left at New Berlin Road. From Amelia Island - South on A1A past Amelia Island Plantation toward Jacksonville, over Nassau Sound bridge, past Big and Little Talbot Island State Parks, go 18 miles, turn right at New Berlin Rd.

From either direction, once on New Berlin Road, travel approximately 3.8 miles and turn right (east bound) at the “Y” intersection onto Cedar Point Road. Proceed east on Cedar Point Road for 4.7 miles and turn left (north bound) onto Pumpkin Hill Road. Proceed to end of road and park. Near the end of the pavement, look for a series of bollards and a grassy trail to the right. The crushed shell launch area is located approximately 200 yards from the road. Carry your boat or use dolly wheels to the launch area. There are no entrance fees, water or phone. Portable toilets and trash cans are available.

Thomas Creek Preserve. From Jacksonville: North on I-295 to Exit 32 for Lem Turner /State Road 115. North on Lem Turner approximately 5 miles. Right (east) on Lannie Road (traffic light). Travel approximately 3 miles and turn left (north) onto Ethel Road. Ethel Road goes through the Montgomery Correctional Center and ends at the launch site. From Amelia Island: west on A1A/SR200 to SR 301 in Callahan. Turn left (south) on SR 301 and travel approximately 0.1 mile and turn left (south) onto SR115/Lem Turner. Travel approximately 4 miles to Lannie Road (traffic light). Left (east) on Lannie Road. Travel approximately 3 miles and turn left (north) onto Ethel Road. Ethel Road goes through the Montgomery Correctional Center and ends at the launch site. There are no fees to use the launch site, which contains both a paved ramp and the creek shoreline. There are no restrooms or trashcans.