A virtual tour of the St. Johns River

Florida’s St. Johns River is the longest river in the state, flowing north from its headwaters in Indian River County to the Atlantic Ocean north of Jacksonville. Tour the river through words, images, interactive maps and videos as we explore the river and add updates to this page in 2021.

Aerial view of a road next to a stream

Chapter 1

A Journey on the St. Johns River:
The headwaters

The upper basin portion of the St. Johns River is fed entirely by rainfall. Open marshes and cypress domes conjure up images of the Florida Everglades instead of a river. It is here where the river begins a 310-mile-long journey north to the ocean. Jump in our airboat and start your tour.

Map of the upper basin of the St. Johns River

Chapter 2

A Journey on the St. Johns River:
Catching fish and growing citrus

The river tour continues by boat as we explore the water management areas that provide water storage and treatment, but also support extensive wildlife and provide fishing and other recreation.

Map if the St. Johns River Upper basin

Chapter 3

A Journey on the St. Johns River:
Final leg of the Upper Basin

Enter the portion of the upper St. Johns River that boasts numerous lakes, hence being known as “the river of lakes.” One lake even sports the name Puzzle Lake for the way some boaters could become confused when navigating in the days prior to GPS.

Map if the St. Johns River Upper bank

Chapter 4

A Journey on the St. Johns River:
Entering the middle basin

Journey to the middle basin of the St. Johns River, a twisting section of river full of lakes in central Florida.

Map if the St. Johns River middle basin