Trip report, March 24, 2012
Myself and 4 teenagers paddled from the Stuart Causeway north 2 miles, then returned. We found balmy gentle breezes, a sea turtle, and clean water.
The Indian River Lagoon is remarkable clean. There is very little trash and the fish and bird life is prolific, likely due to the cleansing inlets that allow water to flow in and out from the Atlantic Ocean 4 times a day, without fail.
We were trying out paddle boards on this day. Paddle boards require greater strength and endurance as compared to kayaks however are fun and great exercise. Wind and waves pose a particular problem and boarders often fall off the boards. They are, however, very easy to remount from the water.
Stuart Causeway is easily located as Ocean Boulevard crosses the Indian River Lagoon, approaching Hutchinson Island. The parking access points are at the east end. There is a sign on the south side. The north side parking/access area is not marked. Drive slow and look for it on the left as you cross the bridge heading east.
Stuart Causeway Park has boat ramps that are open 24 hours. There are several nice areas to launch kayaks from a sandy beach. Pavilions and restrooms are available, as well as a fishing catwalk.