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Canaveral National Seashore


Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Canaveral National Seashore (shipyard area)

Map It!! - Canaveral NS
N 28 56' 05", W 80 49' 45" (2 1/2 hours)


  • Take SR 40 East from Ocala approx 66 miles to I-95 South.
  • Follow I-95 South 18.8 miles to Exit 249A.
  • Merge onto SR-44 (east)(Canal St).
  • Stay on SR-44 (east)(Canal St) 4.3 miles to SR-A1A.
  • Continue south on SR-A1A to 2.2 miles to CR-A1A.
  • Bear right (south) on CR-A1A  5 miles to Canaveral National Seashore.
  • After paying admission at gate, continue south to the launch site (first boat ramp on the right).
  • Parking for vehicles with trailers is at the ramp, others will have to park across the road on the beach side.

Merritt Island NWR (Haulover Canal)

Map It!! - Merritt Island
N 28 43' 50", W 80 45' 40" (2 3/4 hours)
  • From Ocala travel approximately 60 miles on Hwy 40
  • Take I-95 south for 23 Miles to exit 244, FL Hwy 442 / Indian River Blvd. 
  • Turn left and travel 3.7 miles to US Hwy 1.
  • Turn right (south) on US 1 and travel 10.25 miles. 
  • You will see a large brown sign for the Wildlife Refuge.
  • Immediately after this sign will be Kennedy Parkway, US 3, on your left.  Take this road approximately 8 miles to last dirt on the right before the Haulover Canal Draw Bridge.
  • Travel to the end of road, at the put in.