Samson’s Island: A Hidden Jewel in Satellite Beach

This week, we paddled to Samson’s Island in Satellite Beach, Florida. It is a 52 acre nature park owned and maintained by the City of Satellite Beach.  Though there are many spoil islands in the Banana and Indian River Lagoons, few if any can compare with the beauty of Samson’s Island. The island is only accessible by water and there are docks on the south, east and north sides. The island is a great place for hiking nature trails, bird watching, a picnic or just taking a stroll through nature. There are numerous picnic tables and bbq grills throughout the island as well as a restroom and a camping area. For the paddler, canoe and kayak trails wind through sections of the island offering great opportunities to view and observe wildlife. If you don’t have a boat, the City of Satellite beach offers a first come-first serve ferry at 1:00 P.M. on Sundays and will pick you up a few hours later.

If you have never been here, it is definitely worth a visit. To get there, launch at Oars and Paddle Park, enter the lagoon then head north for approximately 1.5 miles either staying in the lagoon or by following the Grand Canal. Either way will get you there.

 

Banana River Lagoon

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A shady spot to park my canoe.

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The North and South Docks

 

Nature Trails

Wildlife

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Flowers and Plants

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The Bridge

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The Boat Rack

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Pavilions, tables and restroom

 

When you visit Samson’s Island, bring your own water because there is no drinkable water on the island and depending on the time of year, insect repellant is also a good idea.

Find your headwaters,

Jaucque and Dave

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