A Paddle Trip Up Turkey Creek

Turkey Creek is located in Palm Bay, Florida. It flows from the Melbourne -Tillman Water District Dam through the Turkey Creek Wildlife Sanctuary then empties into the  Indian River Lagoon. At only three miles, it is a short yet relaxing paddle trip that will appeal to both the novice and experienced paddler. Turkey Creek Sanctuary is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail and is a great place to observe and photograph wildlife such as alligators, manatees, turtles and birds including ospreys and owls.

You can enter from the Indian River Lagoon or launch from Goode Park which has a boat ramp, restrooms and free parking.

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Boat launch at Goode Park

 

At first, Turkey Creek is wide with houses and boat docks lining  the sides.

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Turkey Creek is very popular

Eventually you come to a fork.

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One way continues past houses, the other looks like this.

 

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The path narrows in a few places, and there are different water trails you can take.

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But don’t worry about getting lost, because there are signs that show the way.

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Soon you will come to a bridge.

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Then you enter the sanctuary.

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Here the creek flows past high banks.

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And another boat launch. A great place to take a break. There’s a picnic table up the hill where you can have lunch.

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Once inside the sanctuary, you will encounter many obstacles like this to navigate around, but they are all very easy to get past.

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And like this.

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And many trees that lean across  and into the creek.

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But it’s all worth it because you will see turtles

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Birds

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And the occasional alligator.

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You will see manatees too, but they would not cooperate for a photo.

Your trip will take you past the Sanctuary observation deck which also has a place to stop and stretch your legs. You could even take a hike on one of the trails in the sanctuary if you want.

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You will continue to paddle while enjoying the serene beauty.

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Until you reach the dam.

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Now its time to turn around and go see it all again.

 

I hope you enjoyed this trip with us. Tell me about your trip to Turkey Creek in the comments section.

Jaucque

 

Special thanks to B. Toms and T. Byhanna for photography and sharing their adventure.

 

 

 

 

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