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Old 10-24-2019, 08:47 PM   #1
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Question St Johns River FL

Anyone run the river tip suggestions,

average water depth?
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Old 10-24-2019, 09:17 PM   #2
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St. John’s River is deep. I ran it last year. I don’t remember exactly how deep.
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Better that 12’ all the way from Jacksonville to Sanford when I ran it earlier earlier this year. A lot of 20’ to 30’ except in lakes where it gets a little shallower.
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good info, someone told me it had many shallows, how about fuel just in case I ran low.


Any stops for groceries?
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We did the St. Johns in 2018, no problems in our 5' draft, it gets skinny on some of the lakes, but really a non-issue. There are plenty of places to provision, lots of Old Florida charm, we had no problem with provisioning, most of the larger towns you can find an Uber. We carry 900 gal of fuel, so that's not ever a concern. There are places along the route to fuel. A number of public free docks, no power most no water, but great stopovers. Hontoon State Park is really delightful. All very laid back. There's a large marina at Sanford, lots of cruisers make it a winter camp out destination. Delightful town. St John's cruise should be a must on every cruiser's itinerary list. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
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About 24 mi in from the ICW past downtown Jax is Ortega Landing, one of the nicest marinas you’ll ever visit (if they have transient space), they have a pool and free bicycles to ride to nearby restaurants and a nice Publix grocery store.
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About 24 mi in from the ICW past downtown Jax is Ortega Landing, one of the nicest marinas you’ll ever visit (if they have transient space), they have a pool and free bicycles to ride to nearby restaurants and a nice Publix grocery store.

As of today, very limited availability until after the 1st of the year. Bruce indicated they're at about 98% occupancy. Some smaller slips available, none for our requirements (16W 47L 5D) Arrivals outnumber departures. You'll have to call to be sure. We always enjoy our time there, frequent flyers.
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Old 10-25-2019, 05:14 AM   #8
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Thinking maybe March, 2 weeks or so
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I went up to Sanford in March, and really enjoyed the trip. Much of it is in quiet old Florida, and away from the crowds once you clear Jacksonville area. Lots of water.
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