Originally Posted by Uncleg44
Splashing new build at Palatka. Then north on St Johns River to ICW. Considering putting in for a night at Jacksonville's Metropolitan Park Marina. Waterway Guide cautions about strong current. Would appreciate any feedback about this marina or others in Jax area.
There is a muni dock at Palatka, no services, one at Green Cove Springs, water and power. The Active Capt info indicates a payment box for GCS, but it is not there. I tried to pay at City Hall & was referred to the box. The small cruise ships occasionally tie up, if they show up, you'll have to move. The management of the docks is very loose, not sure the City knows when the ships come. Not a big deal, the anchorage is easy.
2nd Larry's props for Ortega, great facility. EZ access, lots around, docking not an issue with barely perceptible current. High marks.
JAX Landing is in bad shape, with limited dockage, but there is a nice floating dock just downriver of the Acosta bridge that is a good free stop, no services. Stop on Friday and hit the craft/farmer's market under the bridge Sat. AM. It's marked no overnight but not enforced.
Metropolitan Park is a good stop, water & power, FREE. 3 night limit. If there is a game ("special activity") at the stadium, it is not free, and should be avoided, it can be a zoo. So check the events lists for the stadium. Yes, there is current, it can make docking challenging, but there is usually dock space on the long docks that lie parallel to the current and are less challenging. Aim for slack if it's intimidating, or tie off on the outside and move at slack. You're on your own, marina is not staffed, 1st come 1st served, very low key. There's nothing around; a nice park to walk, a brew pub 2 blocks away. Fire Museum is closed. Fire station on site is manned, so not totally isolated. It's a great place to spend a few nights stop over. We bike from there, but even with that, it's still rather isolated. There is a free working pumpout on the face dock, self serve. Not the best suction, but it works.
There's a free dock at the ICW intersection at Sisters Creek. Frequently full with cruisers who hog dock space. Current there, too, parallels docks.