Length: 4 miles
Put in/Take out: South end of 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.
Route: West from launch to the ICW. Paddle north on the ICW about 200 yards and turn eastward into De Blieu Creek at the #15 channel marker. (***Note on a low tide take the second entrance into the creek. It is about 1000 feet north of the southern entrance). Continue northward by selecting the largest creek you can take. About a mile north of Dutton Island, turn east into a canal that runs east-west. From this point take San Pablo Creek north to the Wonderwood Bridge. Turn around is at the Wonderwood bridge.
Highlights: With quick access from the city, this trail offers views of a healthy salt marsh, lots of bird life, good protection from the wind and powerboats, excellent fishing and a feeling of remoteness even within this urban area.
Trail extensions: Proceed north beyond the Wonderwood Bridge on San Pablo Creek to Chicopit Bay if the tide is above mid height. Chicopit Bay has lots of nice creeks to explore and the fishing is renowned!