Boating in Florida
Enjoying some time on a boat is a familiar item on the to-do list of many visitors to St. Johns River Country. Visitors will find that they have many options when it comes to touring the St. Johns River or one of the many lakes in our area. Take a look at some helpful information if boating is on your vacation itinerary.
General Boating Laws and Requirements
Any visitor who plans to go boating must be familiar with and adhere to Florida’s boating regulations. For instance, visitors should check to see if they need to register their vessel. The answer to this question depends on the type of vessel it is and its size. Boaters who drop anchor and decide they want to go diving must put out a divers-down flag that is at least 20 inches by 24 inches in size. This alerts other vessels of the divers’ presence. Boaters must adhere to the speed zones they are in and slow down accordingly so no one’s safety is put at risk. It is against the law to operate a vessel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Renting a Boat
Renting a boat is a low-stress option for visitors who want to tour the St. Johns River or cruise a lake. One option is to rent a houseboat at Holly Bluff Marina and tour the St. Johns in relaxing comfort. Or you could opt for a guided tour with St. Johns River Tours. Learn all about the river and its inhabitants from a knowledgeable guide. One of the advantages of having a guide is that they probably know just where alligators, herons, manatees, and other Florida animals like to spend time.
The Best Areas for Boating
De Leon Springs is one of the best areas for people who want to enjoy a day of canoeing or boating. Visitors can rent a canoe, boat, or kayak in De Leon Springs State Park. The Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge is accessible from the park, and visitors can spend hours discovering the marshes and creeks hidden there. Blue Spring State Park is another favorite area for canoeing and boating. Boaters can travel on Blue Spring Run or the St. Johns River. The warm water and lush scenery make this a peaceful place for spending some time on the water. Lake Monroe and Lake George are two other scenic spots for a pleasurable day of boating and fishing.