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Reported: March 2013

Pellicer Creek... Paddling in Northeast Florida

Pellicer Creek, south of St. Augustine, flows about 6 miles from west of I-95 to the Matanzas River. The designated paddling trail runs 3.5 miles between Faver-Dykes State Park and Princess Place Preserve. The Pellicer Creek Aquatic Preserve with its undisturbed salt marsh is one of the most pristine estuarine/riverine systems along Florida's east coast. (Detailed map and photos below.)   



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Distance: 3.5 miles paddling trail, 6 miles total
Location: Flagler County (St. Augustine)
Difficulty: Easy
Tidal: Yes
Launch points: Faver-Dykes State Park, Princess Place Preserve (See map, left)
Kayak/Canoe Rentals: At Faver-Dykes State Park,  at Princess Place, and at Palm Coast (links, above right)
Nearby points of interest: St. Augustine, Florida Agricultural Museum, Marineland, Fort Matanzas

The creek presents a mostly easy paddle, wind and tide can sometimes offer a bit of challenge. Along the paddling trail between Faver-Dykes State Park and Princess Place Preserve the creek is fairly wide, lined with marsh grass - no shade here!

East of Princess Place Preserve, the creek flows onto open flats popular for fishing and into Matanzas Bay. Paddling upstream from the Faver-Dykes State Park, the stream gets narrower with more trees and freshwater plants. West of I-95 it peters out and ends past US 1.

Wildlife include alligators, deer, bobcats, otter, birds (more than 100 species can be seen during migration season), and fish (fishing is popular especially on the flats to the east); manatee and dolphin are also seen.

Paddling at Pellicer Creek
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Faver-Dykes State Park
Faber-Dykes State Park is located 15 miles south of St. Augustine. Camping, biking, hiking, bird watching, fishing, picnic facilities, playground, restrooms. Boat ramp and kayak/canoe launch, kayak and canoe rentals available. Entrance fee.
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Fishing pier Pellicer Creek at pier Faver-Dykes State Park
Princess Place Preserve
Princess Place Preserve is a Flagler County park. Camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, Environmental Education Center. Kayak/canoe launch and rentals available. The property has some historical buildings dating from the 1880's Cutting estate including the Lodge, the oldest intact structure in Flagler County.
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Bridge to hiking trail
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Fishing pier Channel to river
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Princess Place Preserve

More information on paddling at Pellicer Creek (opens in a new window):

- Florida Office of Greenways and Trails - Pellicer Creek Paddling Trail (pdf)
- Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection - Pellicer Creek Aquatic Preserve

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