Summary: Due to length of paddle, this trail is not recommended for novices. There is very little powerboat boat traffic and no strong current. Callalisa Creek is a great paddle on low or high tides. This is a tidal creek on the north end of the Mosquito Lagoon that includes mosquito drainage ditches built in the 1960s. You often will see a lot of coastal birds on this quiet, pleasant paddle through mangrove forest. Because the creek is shallow, dolphin or manatee sightings are unlikely.
Directions: Launch into the creek from Callalisa Park on the northwest corner of the intersection of S. Peninsula and Third avenues. When paddling south, the rule of thumb is to go to the right at any turn areas. When paddling north, turn left at turn areas. This will take you to the main river where it’s easy to find your way out if you get lost.