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Kayak Fishing at Dutton Island Preserve
Destination: Dutton Island Preserve, De Blieu Creek, Kestner Creek, Hogpen Creek, Hopkins Creek, Atlantic Blvd Bridge.

Directions: Dutton Island Preserve (COJ) is located at the end of Dutton Dr. Take Atlantic Blvd. to Mayport Rd headed north, then make a left onto Dutton Dr at the light just past where Mayport Rd goes from 3 lanes to 2.

Description: Dutton Island Preserve is a city park with a canoe launch and fishing piers out in the marsh on the east side of the ICW just north of the Atlantic Blvd bridge. To the north is De Blieu Creek and the other creeks accessible from Oak Harbor. South of the launch is Kestner Creek. Both Kestner and De Blieu empty into the ICW and are relatively protected and are populated with oyster beds, grass, and flats. Dutton Island can also be used as a launch to reach locations just south of the Atlantic Blvd bridge such as Hogpen Creek and Hopkins Creek. If you are traveling that far south from Dutton make sure you account for tides in your paddle plan. Also beware rip currents around the pilings at the bridge.

Difficulty: Easy. Most of the water in the area is well-protected from wind so paddling is easy.

Closest Bait&Tackle Shop: B&M Bait&Tackle.

Launches: The only launch is the canoe ramp, L1 in the picture. Parking is easy and there are picnic tables and other park facilities at the preserve. When it's not low tide you can also launch in the area to the right of the floating dock.

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