Boating Access

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There are countless opportunities to recreate on the water! Boat ramps or access points are not always familiar locations. As you’re planning your next outing, take the time to map the trip details including a detailed overview of the launch site.

Whether you’re looking for a closer ramp to your favorite fishing spot, or you’re finding a new place to boat, it’s important to have a good understanding of the area’s boating access before you arrive. With today’s technology, apps like the Deckee app provide accurate satellite and mapping data that enables you to locate boat ramps, marinas, and other waterfront destinations through a simple search. Several state agencies like Florida Fish and Wildlife have boat ramp finders, where you can search by body of water to locate all boating access points.

Once you’ve identified a boat ramp, research the location to determine the overall layout and amenities the site offers. Gather details including launch fees, parking, bathroom access, and dock space. If applicable, it’s always a good idea to drive to the ramp to check the ramp conditions prior to your trip. If you’re seeing the ramp for the first time, visually inspect the ramp to determine ramp conditions especially before backing down the ramp.

Be mindful of the features of each body of water where you’re launching. When launching into tidal water, check the tide to determine water levels on the ramp. Verify the length of the ramp, pavement condition, and that there is enough water present to safely launch your boat.

Use these tips to formulate a plan before arriving to the launch site! Start your trip with confidence to ensure a safe day on the water. Remember, always wear a life jacket, bring all required safe boating gear, and file a float plan before launching. Happy boating!