Connecting the north end of the Indian River Lagoon with the Mosquito Lagoon, Haulover Canal is always a tumultuous waterway due to the tides rushing back and forth between the two.
Having a place to drop a kayak without getting into the rough flow is a blessing, and Bairs Cove is the spot.
Trailhead: 28.733150, -80.756378
Fees: $10 per vehicle, $2 per bicycle. If you have a National Parks/Interagency Pass, it covers all fees.
Restrooms: On site. No drinking water.
Land Manager: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Open 24 hours. Ample parking for boat trailers. No camping permitted.
Follow CR 406 east from Titusville. Once you enter the refuge, keep left at the fork to continue on CR 406 to CR 3. Drive north to Haulover Canal. The turnoff for Bairs Cove is on your left, just before you see the bridge.
A boat dock is available for larger craft, and the restrooms are near it.
The launch point lets you quickly slip away from the canal and into the Indian River Lagoon in an area well-known for its bioluminescence for paddlers who head out on the water in the dark.
Several area outfitters offer tours that launch from here, or bring your own kayak for your own adventure. Bioluminescence is strongest during the summer months.
Nearby destinations on Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Where Haulover Canal connects the Indian River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoon in Merritt Island NWR, a manatee observation deck makes it easy to watch for manatees drifting by
Park Map (PDF) Official Website