Samsons Island, owned by the City of Satellite Beach, Florida, is located within the City's boundaries on a 52-acre island in the Banana River. Contrary to its name, the Banana River is not a river at all, but part of the Indian River Lagoon estuary system. Unlike a river, its brackish water, which results from salt water from the sea mixing with freshwater from the land, is moved more by wind than by tide and does not flow from headwaters to a mouth. The Lagoon makes up 40% of Florida's east coast, is 156 miles long, and run through six counties, from Ponce de Leon Inlet in New Smyrna Beach to Jupiter Inlet just north of West Palm Beach. With more than 2,200 different animal species and 2,100 types of plants, the Lagoon system contains more species than any other estuary in North America. Included are 700 fish species and 310 bird species, the most diverse bird population in North America. Also included are 36 endangered animal species, one of which is the manatee. The rich array of plants and animals results from the Lagoon's climate zones, which range from temperate to subtropical. Samsons Island Nature Park is part of this extraordinary estuary system.
Except in inclement weather, the City provides free boat transportation each Sunday from the Satellite Beach Fire Station (1390 S. Patrick Drive). The boat, which holds 11 passengers, leaves at 1 p.m. (first come, first served) and returns from the island approx. at 3:30 p.m. Park at the Fire Station, and walk to the dock behind the Station.
Rules while enjoying Samsons Island
While visiting Samsons Island please observe the following:
|Access By Boat Only||Camping||Classes|
|Dock||Dogs on Leash||Fishing|
|Nature or Hiking Trail||Picnic Pavilion||Picnic Table|
|Restroom||Wildlife Sanctuary||Wildlife Viewing|