The Thousand Islands Conservation area is located in Cocoa Beach, Florida along the Banana River Lagoon. It is perfect for paddling and the wildlife you will encounter while there is amazing. Eagles and ospreys soar overhead while wading birds tip toe through the shallows. Fish jump and splash everywhere and occasionally you will even see dolphins and manatees.
It is a great place to paddle if you like mangrove tunnels. Access is at Ramp Road Park, (401 Ramp Rd. Cocoa Beach, Fl. ) which has free parking, restrooms, and a boardwalk,
and two boat ramps, the small one is perfect for launching a kayak or canoe.
Directly across from the launch is one of the many tunnels Thousand Islands has to offer. It starts out fairly wide.
But soon narrows to a cave like opening.
Once you pass through the entrance, it’s like another world.
It’s peaceful and tranquil.
It winds through the islands like a ribbon.
Becoming more narrow in some places
And wider in others.
Soon you will exit this one.
But don’t worry, there are plenty more for you to explore.
If you want to take a break, there are places to park your boat and stretch your legs.
There’s also well maintained hiking trails.
But soon you will want to get back to the water.
Because the lure of the mangrove tunnels is irresistible.
I hope you enjoyed our trip through Thousand Islands. If you’ve been there, let us know. We would love to hear about it in the comment section.
Find your headwaters,
Photographs by Jaucque LeSavage