Lets All Go Down To The River!Here we are again, another weekend, and another new place to explore with my son. We had tons of other things to get done and we were expecting bad weather so we decided to take a quick little trip to a park we have already been too. Located right-smack-dab on the Indian River, this park is perfect for a quick trip or a full days worth of activities! We were only there for an hour or two, but despite having visited this park multiple times I still managed to discover a few new things I wanted to share.
|The Fishing Pier @ Low Tide|
The Playground Scoop
|Covered Playground Facilities|
Full FacilitiesOk, so you can't plug in your RV or anything, but there were a few things of note as we wandered through the park. First off, the bathrooms were actually clean. To me this is surprising as there was no attendant. Maybe they were just cleaned, or maybe my outlook on humanity is improving, but people seemed to really take pride in the rest room cleanliness. Some parks I have visited have been absolutely disgusting, but not this one. Over by the boat ram, there is what I can only describe as a boater's shower. It's not really meant for bathing, but rather rinsing the salt off you of after a long day on the river.
|Example of Large Pavilion|
|Example of Small Pavilion|
Pet FriendlyAlthough this is my no means a dog park, it is pet friendly. You must keep you pets on a leash and clean up after them at all times. There are also notices that aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated. If you plan on bringing your four legged friend, be sure to bring an ample supply of waste bags. Although there were a few waste stations throughout the park, don't count on them always being fully stocked with bags. On my way out, I did notice a large field where a family was playing with their dogs off leash. It was a bit secluded from the rest of the park, and they appeared to be well behaved (the dogs not the family), however it was not fenced in, and if you have dogs that are easily distracted, might not be a good idea for you.
Boating FacilitiesIf your have a boat and want to head into Mosquito Lagoon, then this is THE place to launch from. There are plenty of parking spaces for boat trailers as well as additional cars, and since it is open 24 hours a day, you can come and go as you please. Taking a few moments to soak in the sights of an operating boat ramp, I was pleased to find very friendly folks, and even saw a few people helping strangers out with the launching process. Since there are no fees to launch from this location, you may want to get there early for launching if you are planning a day on the river. Just a word of warning: the boat launch drops off quickly, a friend of mine has actually seen a truck roll backwards at the ramp only to be pulled out by a tow truck. Many professional fishing guides also launch from this park if they are headed to the Mosquito Lagoon, so you may even have the opportunity to get some free advise from the professionals!
|Checkout the paddling trail!|
Fishing PierIn addition to the boat launch, I should also mention that there is a large fishing pier heading out into the Indian River. I have cast a few lines from this park in my experience and have found it to be a great place to relax and toss a line out. A friend of mine swears by this park catching a few small fish, but nothing really of note. Besides, fishing is all about the experience, not what you catch. If you plan on using the pier, be sure to check the tides, because when it's low tide, it's really low tide!
If you are in need of recycling fishing line, you will also find a few line recycling stations in the park. One by the pier, one by the boat ramp. Because unused fishing line can be a hazard to wild life, take a few moments to do the right thing.
CampingPrimitive camping is also available for a few dollars a night. These spots must be reserved in advance and are for tents only. Because there is no direct access to your camping spot with your vehicle, be aware you must lug your gear to your location. I wouldn't consider it a hike or anything, but this may be one of those location you might want to pack light for. Each spot has a fire ring, lantern post/hook grill, and table. Each spot seems to be in a pretty well shaded area. I have never camped here, but wouldn't mind giving it a try one day.
Location Specifics250 H.H. Burch Road, Oak Hill
Open 24 Hours A Day Days A Week
386 736-5953 Pavilion Rentals
Operated by Volusia County Parks & Rec
River Breeze Park Map & Flyer (PDF)
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