The Fernandina Beach public boat ramp offers; A wide single launching lane, courtesy docks parking for about 15 boat trailers ( lot south of ramp ) and restrooms. Please be aware, ramp is a little steep.
Goffinsville Boat Ramp
95001 Goffinsville Road
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
GPS 30° 34'10.15" N 81° 31'25.58" W
( Entrance )
GPS 30° 33'56.43" N 81°31' 19.02" W
( Waters edge at ramp )
GPS 30° 33'57.99" N 81° 31'17.71" W
( Foot of fishing pier )
A small fishing pier about 150 feet in length is on site also.
Fees and Hours: The boat ramp, fishing piers and the park are free and open 24/7.
The entire park is 19 acres in size. The boat ramp is 118 feet long. There is generally right around 6 feet of water at low tide. This is a popular park and parking is not unlimited so you might want to arrive early. There are 30 double spaces to accomodate vehicles with trailers, two of these are marked handicapped. There are only an additional 12 spaces for cars..
Nassau Sound is about 4 miles away from the ramp. Local boaters warn that if your vessel has more than a two foot draft you should not attempt to navigate the Sound no matter how tempting it might be.
There is a hand launch area for kayaks and canoes. This is done from the floating dock that is next to the boat ramp. Both the dock, and the fishing pier next to it are lit to accomodate boaters and night fishing.
A little history on the park: The park is named after Saul Goffin. Mr. Goffin was a Russian immigrant that came to Amelia Island and purchased the 19 acre land parcel, along with a cannery that was already there, in 1893. He was responsible for establishing and creating the community of Goffinsville on this site.
Goffinsville was considered almost totally self sufficient after a time. It included a fleet of shrimp boats, an oyster packing plant, a cannery, a post office, a scrap metal busienss, a commissary, and even coined its own money. Homes for the workers of the businesses were built on the property.
The cannery was a thriving business, and eventually processed shrimp, crabs, oysters and grapefruit.
Recycling was at its finest even back then, as the oyster shells from the cannery were crushed and used to build and repair the roads in Nassau County, Florida. The land stayed in the family until 2002, when his granddaughter sold the land to the Trust For Public Land.
In 2009, Nassau County held a grand re-opening of the park, which now includes the boat ramp, a hand launch area for small boats, a fishing pier, another 118' dock, a nice playground, 6 covered picnic pavillions ~ each with one table, 3 of the small pavilions have grills also, and a handicap accessible trail (about 3/4 of a mile long). If you want to see some video from 2009, just before the grand re-opening,
check out this youtube video.
The North End ~ Dee Dee Bartels boat ramp offers; very wide ramp, courtesy docks, restrooms, large pavilion, grills, and about 80 paved boat trailer parking spots. Very easy access to the open Atlantic waters from this location.
The John F. Claxton / Wilson Neck / Whiskey Creek offers; single lane ramp, courtesy dock, shoreline fishing, 15 boat trailer parking spots and hand launching of a kayak or canoe is quit easy here.
There are no restrooms at this location.
Areas in Nassau County Florida Include; Amelia Island, Amelia City, American Beach, Andrews, Becker, Black Rock, Boulogne, Bryceville, Callahan, Chester, Crandall, Crawford, Dahoma, Dyal, Evergreen, Fernandina Beach, Franklintown, Glenwood, Gross, Hedges, Hero, Hilliard, Ingle, Italia, Keene, Kent, Kings Ferry, Lessie, Mattox, Nassauville, O'Neil, Verdie, Yulee Heights and Yulee.
Bodies of Salt and Brackish Water in Nassau County Florida Include; Alligator Creek, Amelia River, Atlantic Ocean, Bells River, Christopher Creek, Crady Creek, Crady Lake, Cuno Creek, Egans Creek, Gardner Creek, Jackson Creek, Jolly River, Kingsley Creek, Lanceford Creek, Lofton Creek, Lumber Creek, Milisa Creek, Nassau River, Nassau Sound, Plummer Creek, Saint Joeseph Creek, Soap Creek, St Marys River, Thomas Creek and Walker Creek.