The day was mild and sunny. I and my favorite paddling buddy put in at Sebastian Riverside Park.
There is a small sandy beach suitable for launching a canoe or kayak. It is not marked. Look for a break in the rocks at the south end of the park. Park your vehicle under a sign "Sebastian Riverside Park", unload your gear, then move your vehicle to a nearby parking spot.
Do not try to launch at the boat ramp to the north.
We paddled north, into the wind out of the northeast. There are numerous little islands created by the dredging of the main channel. They have filled in with trees and plants and many are heavily populated with birds. These are a community treasure for camping and day use. They are remarkable clean . We stopped at each one to explore, snack, and nap. Marvelous.
Our destination was Grant however we ran out of steam after 5 miles (at Roseland) and returned south. The wind swung around to the east so did not assist us on the return. Oh, well.
This area is not at all remote. There are restaurants, boat ramps, houses , and a bridge along the way. Not that you should be careless, but assistance is easily available if you need it, unlike many wilderness sites. I also like this area because the Lagoon is 2-4 miles wide and it feels more like sea kayaking than river paddling. Great paddling if you like waves without being in the ocean. There is also a profusion of fish and birdlife.
Parking is free and permitted overnight. Overnight camping is permitted on select spoil islands.
From I-95, take the Fellsmere exit (county road 512) to US1. The park is at the intersection of US1 and county road 512.
For more information, get your hands on a pamphlet "Spoil Islands of the Indian River Lagoon" (available locally in bait and kayak shops) or contact the Florida Inland Navigational District, 1314 Marcinski Road, Jupiter, Florida 33477 or www.aicw.org.