Jupiter and Intracoastal Waterway

Jupiter, Florida 33468

Jupiter and Intracoastal Waterway

Jupiter and Intracoastal Waterway Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This relaxing route highlights the contrast between Old Florida, with secluded mangrove channels and tiny sandy beaches, and the contemporary Florida dredge-and-fill canal development with parks, golf courses, and sumptuous architect-designed properties backing onto dredged waterways. I enjoy this particular route, which typifies much of the character of east-coast Florida, with the Intracoastal Waterway south toward the Florida Keys. It shows a land of gated communities, private docks with personal motor yachts, and bug-screened swimming pools. Yet despite the number of power boats and fenced sections of waterway, this is also an area where manatees and wild birds can be seen almost anywhere.

On the east coast, development is accelerating at a crazy pace. Paddling this area I was acutely aware of a new road bridge under construction, the natural waterfront of mangrove and slash pine being ripped out to make way for further development, and the packing of new buildings into the remaining spaces along the waterfront."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3.8-12 miles
Skill Level
1-6 hours
Class I
The tide runs swiftly in and out through Jupiter Inlet and into nearby waterways. You will almost certainly need to paddle against the tide at some point. Keep close to the shore for the weakest current, farther out for the strongest current.
Tidal Information
The boat docks in this area are generally supported on piles. Take care when paddling on the upstream side of such docks to avoid being washed underneath by the current. Jupiter Inlet itself is best avoided. The inlet is notorious for its strong tide stream (faster than paddling speed), which can produce a very rough and confused sea, especially where it meets surf conditions in the Atlantic. It is not even a good place to seek rough water for fun because of fast boat traffic in the narrow entrance and the lines of anglers along both shores. Take particular care during an outgoing tide.
Waterproof Charts #17; NOAA chart #11472
Local Maps

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Dec 2018