Trout River (Florida)

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Trout River
Origin Northwestern Duval County, Florida
Mouth St. Johns River
at Sandfly Point.
Basin countries United States
Length 20 miles (32 km)

The Trout River is a 20-mile-long (32 km)[1] tributary of the St. Johns River in Duval County, Florida. Located entirely within Jacksonville, the river is brackish in its lower section. The widest point of the river is near the St. Johns River, where it is 0.6 miles (1.0 km) across. The Trout River has wetlands as far as the mouth of the river's longest tributary, the Ribault River.

Tributaries[edit]

Major tributaries of the Trout River include the Ribault River, Little Trout River, and Moncrief Creek.

Course[edit]

An aerial photo of Jacksonville, Florida with the Trout River in the distance near the top of the picture.

Beginning in northwestern Jacksonville, in Duval County, the river starts out as a creek. 0.03 miles (0.048 km) east of the source, the river is crossed by U.S. 1. 0.4 miles (0.64 km) downstream, the creek passes through the subdivision of River Falls. After this, the river widens into wetlands with a multitude of tributaries. 2.3 miles (3.7 km) downstream, a long tributary named "Little Trout River". It originates at the forest at the corner of U.S. 1 and Interstate 295. 2.1 miles (3.4 km) downstream, Lem Turner Boulevard (State Road 115) crosses the river as the C Ray Greene Bridge. 2.2 miles (3.5 km) downstream, the river becomes brackish. There is also the Ribault River, the longest of the three main tributaries. 0.7 miles (1.1 km) downstream, Interstate 95 crosses the river as the Trout River Bridge. 0.4 miles (0.64 km) downstream is Moncrief Creek, the third and last tributary of the Trout River. 0.7 miles (1.1 km) downstream, U.S. Route 17 crosses the river, spanning 0.2 miles (0.32 km). 1-mile (1.6 km) downstream is the St. Johns River, the mouth of the river at Sandfly Point.

List of crossings[edit]

Bridge Route Location Coordinates
US 17.svg US 17 Jacksonville
Trout River Bridge I-95.svg Interstate 95 Jacksonville
C. Ray Greene Bridge Florida 115.svg SR 115 Jacksonville
I-295.svg Interstate 295 Jacksonville
US 1.svg US 1 Jacksonville

Destinations along the river[edit]

  • Jacksonville Zoo
  • Trout River Boulevard is a residential road that run along partially along the Trout River. It runs for 3.9 miles (6.3 km) along the floodplain of the river. At the 2-mile (3.2 km) mark, the road turns away from the river.

Western Terminus: Old Kings Road

Eastern Terminus: Lem Turner Boulevard

Riverside parks[edit]

  • North Shore Park is a forested park at the north end of Pearl Street in Downtown Jacksonville, covering 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2).

Coordinates: 30°23′23″N 81°39′22″W / 30.38972°N 81.65611°W / 30.38972; -81.65611

  • Riverside Park is a park that features two docks.

Coordinates: 30°24′54″N 81°41′19″W / 30.41500°N 81.68861°W / 30.41500; -81.68861

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed April 21, 2011