Finding an easy spot to launch your kayaks can sometimes be a challenge.  The public boat ramp at 6 Mile Landing is a great option that makes it easy to get on the water.

Kayaking 6 Mile Landing Experience

6 Mile Landing gets its name by being located about 6 miles north of the Guana Dam right off A1A.  You will paddle along the Guana River and can decide to either go north or south.  Its about 3.5 miles to reach the Micklers Road if you go north and as noted previously, about 6 miles if you go south to the Guana Dam.

There are only about 12 parking spaces at the launch, so parking at the launch can sometimes be a challenge.  If you go out earlier in the day you’ll not only likely see more of the area’s wildlife on the shores, you will also have a better chance of finding parking.

Launching from this area is dependent on water levels which can vary, so check in advance to confirm that water levels are high enough.  Once you are on the waterway it is a beautiful, unique experience.  It twists and turns through the brackish estuary and has a lot of wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled as you are underway.

If you are not comfortable renting and adventuring out on your own, outfitters also offer guided tours and lessons with  both kayaks and stand up paddleboards, so don’t let your inexperience let you miss this great opportunity to see these unique ecosystems.

As you are out kayaking, remember these waters are very sensitive ecosystems that can easily be damaged.  You can be a “Sustainable PVB Guest” by keeping these tips in mind.

  • Bring a refillable water bottle that can be attached to your vessel to eliminate any plastics from accidentally entering the water.
  • Stick to sunscreens that are free of oxybenzone and octinoxate, two of the most common ingredients found in chemical formulas.
  • Be careful when launching your kayak, or when entering or exiting waters along the way – make sure you are not disturbing sensitive vegetation or habitat used by area wildlife.
  • Keep the “natural” in “natural areas” by packing out what you pack in.


Experience: Launch from 6 Mile Landing

Address: 1700 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082



Facilities Available: The launch provides direct launching and a dirt parking lot.

Level of Difficulty: Easy to moderate – waters on the Guana River and Lake Ponte Vedra are typically calm.

Other Information: Great facility and launch for those will limited experience.

Tips From The Experts

  1. The north side of the Guana Dam is a great place to learn how to kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)! The easy access, calm waters and no boat traffic make perfect conditions for mastering your skills.
  2. Beat the heat in the summer by getting on the water early. The birds are usually more active in the morning as well.
  3. Bring a hat, sunscreen, camera, phone, water and wear comfortable clothing for paddling that can get wet. Also think about getting waterproof phone cases and sun protective clothing.
  4. Keep an eye out for rosette spoonbills, otters, and fish. The water is clear!
  5. If you are renting equipment, book ahead! By making a reservation for your rentals ahead of time, all you have to do is show up and get on the water faster!