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Recreation at North Fork St. Lucie River Aquatic Preserve Quick Topics

Recreation at North Fork St. Lucie River (SLR) includes canoeing, kayaking, motor boating, sailing, water skiing, wake boarding, catch-and-release fishing and nature viewing. Two eco-tour operations, the River Lilly Cruise and Sunshine Wildlife Tours, provide pontoon trips to educate residents and visitors about the biology and ecology of the North Fork SLR. A highlight of both tours is a visit to the bird rookery in Mud Cove during the peak of the nesting season (February to July).

Club Med - Sandpiper, which occupies over 1,000 acres along Kitching Cove in Port St. Lucie, provides recreational opportunities to guests that are directly associated with the preserve such as boat rentals and guided tours. Other water-related activities at Club Med - Sandpiper include triathlons, swimming, and sunbathing on the preserve's only sandy beach. St. Lucie County Canoe and Kayak rents to paddlers that wish to explore the North Fork between Prima Vista Boulevard and White City Park. Maps are provided, and there is interest for additional preserve information for unguided trips.

The preserve currently contains four public boat ramps, three public canoe stopovers and one public marina. The four public boat ramps include:

  • White City Park.
  • River Park Marina.
  • Veteran's Memorial Park at Rivergate.
  • Club Med - Sandpiper.

The three canoe stopovers are located at:

With the exception of Club Med - Sandpiper, public access points are associated with adjacent public lands and managed by local and state agencies.


Signage at Veteran's Memorial Park at Rivergate

Public Access Points
Boat Ramps
1 White City Park
2 River Park Marina
3 Veteran's Memorial Park at Rivergate
4 Club Med - Sandpiper
Canoe Stopovers
5 Idabelle Island
6 Oxbow Eco-Center
7 Savannas Preserve State Park
Marina with Public Restaurant
8 Club Med - Sandpiper
River Lilly Cruise tour boat
Map of public access for North Fork St. Lucie River









Last updated: October 20, 2015

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