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Reported: March 2015

Callalisa Creek... Paddling at New Smyrna Beach

Launch from Callalisa Park at the intersection of the South Causeway (Third Avenue) and Peninsula Drive and explore meandering Callalisa Creek. This is salt water and the creek winds through salt marsh and mangrove hammock. The creek is tidal, paddling against the tide can be a workout and at low tide you may need to pull your kayak or canoe in some areas. Good for fishing. (Detailed map and photos below.)



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Distance:
Various
Location: Volusia County (New Smyrna Beach)
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Tidal: Yes
Launch points: Callalisa Park (See map, left)
Kayak/Canoe Rentals: New Smyrna Beach (link, above right)
Nearby points of interest: New Smyrna Beach, Ponce Inlet, Canaveral National Seashore (north)

From the launch at Callalisa Park, going north leads to the Indian River and Atlantic Ocean access at Ponce Inlet is about 3 miles; in this area you'll run into powerboats. For better paddling, go south under the bridge and then explore the many channels and byways of Callalisa Creek. The channels were cut out for mosquito control - be careful, it's easy to get lost in the maze.

Callalisa Park has boat/canoe/kayak launch, parking and picnic tables. Wildlife along the creek include many waterbirds including ibis, pelicans and more, plus a variety of fish. Closer to the Indian River, manatee and dolphins may be seen.

Paddling at Callalisa Creek
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We launched at Callalisa Park and paddled around through the mangrove
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Launch at Callalisa Park Southbound,
under the bridge
Fishing pier On the creek
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On the creek Into the mangrove Mangrove tunnel on a side creek Returning to launch Back at
Callalisa Park
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North from Callalisa Park,
toward Indian River
Ibis Ibis Young ibis, has not shed its brown color

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- New Smyrna Beach Visitors Bureau

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