The internet has opened up the hidden secrets of the Banana River Lagoon and it's No Motor Zone in the northern most part of this remarkable waterway in East Central Florida. Sandwiched between the eastern shore of Merritt Island and Cocoa Beach/Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center the Banana River Lagoon is really just another lobe off of the Indian River Lagoon or the Intracoastal Waterway that runs pretty much the whole eastern seaboard of the Unitied States.
You'll find that there really is no freshwater tributaries in Brevard County excepting the Sebastian River and Crane Creek in the south, but the effects of freshwater has little bearing on the saltwater content in the Banana River Lagoon as the salinity often raises above what the ocean normally is because of evaporation and the distance from an ocean source.
Sebastian Inlet is approximately thirty five miles south and New Smyrna Inlet is about the same north, Port Canaveral's locks don't contribute to any significant tidal movement and neither do any of the nearest inlets. It's a unique habitat that keeps many of the schools of redfish from migrating to and from the ocean and thus many speculate that it's the largest population of non-ocean spawning redfish in the world.
Meeting your fishing guide at this ramp is easy as the park is small and you can see the small marina or "boat basin" located to the south of the facility. More than likely you'll see your fishing guide waiting with his boat at the boat ramp or standing in the parking lot adjacent to the ramps.
2550 N Banana River Drive, Merritt Island
Opens in New Window Parks Referendum Project
Open after 7:00 a.m. until dark, except for scheduled use. Boat ramp open 24 hours a day.
This 15.37-acre community river park and internationally recognized windsurfing area on the Banana River features a natural catamaran / sailboard launch area with sandy beach and shower, boat ramps with dock, and adjacent parking for cars and boat trailers. Near a small scenic lagoon, a paved walkway connects a mid-size pavilion, 5 grills, restrooms, drinking fountains and recreation amenities. Two small pavilions and picnic tables provide picnicking by the riverís edge. With the waterfront view and facilities attracting numerous group gatherings through the spring and summer season, advanced reservations are recommended.
Whatever ingredients that God gave the Banana River Lagoon, seems to be the right combination of saltwater, mangrove shorelines and grassflats producing some spectacular gamefishing for anglers seeking to catch redfish, sea trout and tarpon while they visit the Banana River Lagoon.
If you are traveling from the Orlando Airport it's an easy drive with little or no turns after you exit the airport and head east on 520 for exactly 40 miles, then turn on exit 52 or Banana River Drive. Head south for a couple of hundred yards and you'll see Kelly Park on the left. It's that easy... You can't go wrong! But if you insist on putting the address in your GPS.
Banana River Boat Ramp
2550 North Banana River Drive
Merritt Island, FL 32952
WATCHABLE WILDLIFE: Listed in State of Florida Great Florida Birding TrailóMigratory Ducks such as Green-Winged Teal, Common and Red-throated Loon, and Horned Grebe (fall/winter); Shorebirds, Waders
FACILITY RESERVATIONS: 321-455-1380
Medium Pavilion (seats 100), Small Pavilions (seats 32), Small Pavilion (seats 32), Family Picnic Shelter (seats 25)
ADA ACCESSIBLE: Parking, Restrooms, Pavilion, Playground, Boat Dock, Cocrete Walkway
Boat Ramp (4-lane, lighted)
Boat Dock (5x60)
Catamarran/Sailboard Launch Area
Grassy Activity Area
Charter Boat Fishing & Ecotours
DOS & DONíTS: 1) Service animals only or dogs on short leash and only when leading dog between vehicle and boat. 2) Alcoholic beverages in designated areas only. 3) Other restrictions as posted.