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Indian River Lagoon
Boat Ramps & Launches

Kennedy Point Park, Lee Weener Park and Parrish Park

The Indian River Lagoon in Brevard County stretches almost 70 miles from the north to the south and host many parks and boat launches along it's coastlines. I'm going to list the three boat ramps that I frequent during the year and send my customers to with Kennedy Point & Parrish Park being the used the most and Lee Weener Park less frequently. This is by no means a definitive list of boat ramps on the Indian River Lagoon, but the three boat ramps that Lagooner Fishing Guides use to gain access to the Indian River Lagoon in the North and Central Parts of Brevard County.

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Kennedy Point Park

Located on the western shoreline of the Indian River at the southern part of Titusville immediately south of SR 50 off US 1, Kennedy Point Park is a perfect place to do a winter time charter in close proximity of the Orlando Utilities and Florida Power & Light Utility plants where the warm water outflows create a great habitat for manatees and fish alike.

Kennedy Point Park
4915 S Washington Avenue, Titusville
LOCATED on US Hwy 1 just .25 miles south of SR-50 on the Indian River.

Boat ramps open 24 hours a day.

This 5.38-acre community river park features a paved shoreline walkway with benches for wildlife, shuttle viewing and fishing; a boat ramp with central dock; pavilion, 2 grills, restrooms, and parking.

WATCHABLE WILDLIFE: Dolphin; Listed in State of Florida Great Florida Birding Trail—Wintering Duck, Loon and Grebe; Laughing, Ring-billed and Herring Gulls, Ruddy Turnstones (best winter/fall)
Medium Pavilion (seats 66)
ADA ACCESSIBLE: Parking, Restrooms, Pavilion, Shoreline
• Boat Ramp (2-lane, lighted)
• Fishing (paved shoreline)
• Picnics
• Shuttle Viewing
• Wildlife Observation
DOS & DON’TS: 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.

Parrish Park

Brevard County's Parrish Park is located directly across from Titusville, Florida on the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge side. There are great facilities and very nice boat ramps with access to the most northern part of the Indian River Lagoon near Mims and Scottsmore. Close enough to the Haulover Canal entering the Mosquito Lagoon and Central enough to fish some of the broader grass flat near Banana Creek.

Parrish Park
1 A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway, Titusville
SITUATED on both sides of SR-402 at the A. Max Brewer Causeway from the east end of the draw bridge to the security gates for Kennedy Space Center.

Open after 7:00 a.m. until dark, except for scheduled use. Boat ramps open 24 hours a day.

This urban district river park is situated on both sides of SR-402 at the A. Max Brewer Causeway from the east end of the draw bridge to the security gates for Kennedy Space Center. The 36.6-acre park provides convenient access to the Indian River for fishing, water sports, sunbathing and shuttle viewing. Recreational amenities include picnic shelters, restrooms, boardwalk, fishing pier, and boat ramps with paved parking for 46 cars and 47 boat trailer spaces. Unpaved parking for the river shoreline accommodates 100 vehicles.

WATCHABLE WILDLIFE: Dolphin, Manatee; Listed in State of Florida Great Florida Birding Trail—Migratory Ducks, Shorebirds, Common Loons and Grebes, Terns, Black Skimmers (fall & winter); Gulls, Ruddy Turnstones, Terns, Waders
11 Family Picnic Shelters (each seats 10)
ADA ACCESSIBLE: Parking, Boat Trailer Parking, Restrooms in Developed Area, Drinking Fountain, Boardwalk, Fishing Deck, Boat Ramps
• Boat Ramps (6-lane, lighted)
• Beach Access: windsurfing, sailing, jet-skiing, water skiing, canoeing, boating
• Fishing (100' fishing pier, shoreline)
• Picnics
• Swimming (shoreline, unguarded)
• Shuttle Viewing
DOS & DON’TS: 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.

Lee Weener Park

The City of Cocoa has a quaint little boat ramp located on the fringe of Cocoa Village on the western shoreline of the Indian River Lagoon. This is a great boat ramp and launch facility for fishing many of the docks, islands and sandbars on the Cocoa-Rocklege shores for snook, redfish and sea trout.

Lee Wenner Park
300 Riveredge Boulevard, Cocoa
FROM US Hwy 1 at SR-520, go east .5 miles and turn right onto Riveredge Drive. The park is on the Indian River at the southwest side of the Hubert Humphrey bridge.

Boat ramps open 24 hours a day.

This 11.55-acre community river park is a popular boat launch site. Along with the boat ramps, several other amenities make it an attractive recreational area. A pavilion, grills, picnic tables, restrooms, playground, and benches are connected by a paved walkway, while a boardwalk adjacent to the boat docks extends to Cocoa Riverfront Park and Historic Cocoa Village. The pier and a t-shaped dock are ideal for leisurely fishing. The Coast Guard Auxiliary Building features Boating Safety Classes and has a meeting room available for rental.

Large Pavilion (seats 160), Coast Guard Auxiliary Building
ADA ACCESSIBLE: Parking, Restrooms, Coast Guard Auxiliary Building, Pavilion, Playground, Paved Walkway, Fishing Pier, Docks
• Boat Ramps (4-lane)
• Coast Guard Auxiliary Building
• Fishing (500' pier, 10x153/5x54 t-shaped pier)
• Picnics
• Playground
• Strolling
DOS & DON’TS: 1) No diving from docks or pier. 2) Restrooms close at dark except for scheduled use. 3) Service animals only or dogs on short leash and only when leading dog between vehicle and boat. 4) Alcoholic beverages in designated areas only. 5) Other restrictions as posted.

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Inshore Saltwater and Shallow Water
Fishing on the Indian River Lagoon

Some of Florida's finest inshore saltwater fishing can be found on it's central east coast near Orlando on the Indian River Lagoon or IRL and it's coves, bays, harbors and tributaries. Two Inlet's feed the Lagoon with Ponce/NewSmyrna Inlet to the north and Sebastian Inlet to the the south. While there are numerous inlets along the Intracoastal Waterway and Florida's coastlines, the closest with direct access to the ocean are these two.

Stretching from Scottsmoore in North Brevard County and ending at Sebastian to the South, the Indian River Lagoon has the large tooth shaped Merritt Island running almost forty miles along it's length. While the entire lagoon system is interconnected, there are stretches of the IRL that change names as they turn and twist or pass thru smaller entrances and exits.

In the very north of the IRL the Mosquito Lagoon is connected by the Haulover Canal and as you head south on the Merritt Island side you'll find the Banana Creek and it's restricted waterway the eventually finds it's way into the Banana River Lagoon on Merritt Island's east shoreline it the public was allowed to meander through the Kennedy Space Center and on thru the famous No Motor Zone in the North Banana River Lagoon area. However if you continue southward on the IRL you'll eventually find the southern end of Merritt Island and Dragon Point where the public has legal access to the Banana River Lagoon.

Continuing south on the IRL will eventually take you by the Sebastian Inlet and it's jetties that jut out into the Atlantic. While Lagooner Fishing Guides take anglers past the inlet occasionally and on to Fort Pierce and it's inlet, this is rare and will be covered elsewhere on this website.

Indian River Boat Ramps and Shallow Water Fishing

For more information about setting up a trip on the Indian River Lagoon simply fill out the form on the lower left of this webpage or call (321) 868-4953 and ask for Captain Gina to help arrange your trip.

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