The Hammock Beach and Matanzas inlet area of the river is red hot for reds, flounder , jacks, tarpon, mangrove snapper, drum and trout .
While the depth of the river varies greatly depending on the tidal cycle, in the Fort Matanzas area lower spots within the river can reach as deep as twenty feet. The Matanzas Inlet is the only remaining un-dredged inlet on the east coast of Florida.
JOHNS COUNTY – See you later, alligator ! People are being reminded to be safe while kayaking, boating and enjoying the Matanzas River after a St. Johns County woman spotted an alligator last week. Sarah Maguire Marston tells News4Jax she was boating with her husband and friends going south in the Matanzas River .
The Matanzas River is a body of water in St. Johns and Flagler counties in the U.S. state of Florida. It is a narrow saltwater bar-bounded estuary sheltered from the Atlantic Ocean by Anastasia Island.
Local experts say it is generally safe to eat fish and shrimp from the St . Johns River since Vibrio is usually found in salt or brackish water. But the recommendation is to always wash freshly caught fish with fresh water before cleaning them.
From that time, the inlet was called Matanzas — meaning “slaughters” in Spanish.
This windswept estuary 14 miles south of the nation’s oldest city, at the mouth of the Matanzas River , sealed the Spanish heritage of Florida with the blood of 245 murdered French prisoners in 1565. The coquina watchtower of Fort Matanzas was built by the Spanish in 1742 to protect the back door to St.
Matanzas Inlet is a channel in Florida between two barrier islands and the mainland, connecting the Atlantic Ocean and the south end of the Matanzas River. It is 14 miles (23 km) south of St. Augustine, in the southern part of St. Johns County.
Alligators inhabit all 67 counties in Florida and can be found anywhere there is standing water, state biologists say. It’s common to see alligators on the banks of the St . Johns River or its tributaries including Black Creek in Clay County. Alligators become more active during the spring when temperatures rise.
Currently, there is an alligator that hangs out on the rock jetty at Carolina Beach State Park in the Intracoastal Waterway .
“The rule of thumb in Florida , including Palm Coast : If there’s a body of water, of any size, it’s got a gator in it. … The critter experts tell me that we probably have over 1,000 alligators within Palm Coast that live amongst us.”
Inshore & Offshore Fishing Flounder, black drum and speckled sea trout are also frequently caught inshore. From June through September, the seaward mouths of Matanzas and St. Augustine inlets offer the opportunity for one of fishing’s most exciting experiences – battling with a big tarpon!
NRHP reference No. The Fort Matanzas National Monument Headquarters and Visitor Center, located at 8635 A1A about 15 miles (24 km) south of St. Augustine, Florida, was built in 1936.
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