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Flagler County - Boating Opportunities

Van Snider
Van Snider

Whether you’re a visitor to our County or a new resident, boating provides an opportunity to appreciation Flagler’s unique water resources and another perspective of the beauty Flagler County offers.

Prior to moving to Palm Coast, my wife and I lived in Michigan, the Great Lakes state.  As active boaters, we had the opportunity to boat on four Great Lakes and many of the state’s lakes and rivers.  Once we arrived in Flagler County, we launched the boat and started our water adventure.  We were not disappointed; we were ecstatic after our first outing.   In addition to the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway runs north and south through the county.  Inland is Cresent Lake, a 15,960-acre freshwater lake approximately 13 miles in length and 2 miles wide.  At the north end it connects to the St. John River by way of Dunn’s Creek. The waterway system also includes the Matanzas River located in Flagler and St. John Counties which runs 23 miles and is part of the Intracoastal Waterway.  Pellicar Creek, an aquatic preserve, is part of the northern watershed and flows into the Matanzas River.

If you have a trailerable boat, Flagler offers several launch sites, Bing’s Landing, Herschel King Park, Moody Park as well as Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area to name a few.  If you are cruising either north or south on the Intracoastal Waterway, you’ll find short or long-term slip rentals available at Marineland Marina, the Marina at Hammock Beach Resort and Palm Coast Marina.

After we arrived in Flagler, we explored the county by car.  Traveling on both North and South Oceanshore Boulevard (A1A), it helped us get familiar with the area.  So we decided to duplicate our trip made in the car by cruising in our boat on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) north and south viewing the areas we had previously seen from the roadway. This was a delightful experience and provided another perspective of Flagler County.  As you view a map or nautical chart of the county, you will see an extensive canal system providing waterfront access to the ICW.  Some of our boating time has been spent cruising these canals and looking at lovely waterfront homes.

Experiencing Flagler County should include spending time on the water.  You may want to visit some of our waterfront restaurants which are accessible by boat.  I hope you can spending time with family and friends on a boat enjoying Flagler’s waterways.