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Clapboard Creek

 
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TRAIL DESCRIPTION

Length: varies

Put in/Take out: Palms Fish Camp boat ramp, 6359 Heckscher Drive.Palms
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.

Route: Launch at Palms Fish Camp boat ramp and proceed north on Clapboard Creek. The creek is fairly wide and heads nearly due north. At approximately 2.25 miles the creek turns to the NW while smaller creeks continue north and east. Head NW for approximately ½ mile. At this point Clapboard Creek continues to the north/northwest. Fitzpatrick Creek heads due north, if there is sufficient tide, you can land on the east end of Pescatello Island where there is a small clearing and a picnic table. If the tide is low, you can proceed on Clapboard Creek to the western end of Pescatello Island. (Note: Pescatello Island is not named on topographic maps. If you see a dock, you have gone too far and missed Fitzpatrick Creek).

Highlights: North from the bridge the creek is fairly wide and it can be very windy. Fitzpatrick Creek narrows quickly and is known for good fishing. There are no opportunities to get out of your kayak on this trail, since there are no beaches or sand bars.

Trail extensions: Numerous creeks fork from Clapboard Creek and offer additional paddling routes. Cedar Point Creek is to the east ¼-mile after the launch. On a high tide it is possible to work your way to Browns Creek, but the lack of land marks make getting lost a very real possibility.