Hundreds pack the river on Boater Skip Day

Published on June 2, 2023 at 2:58 pm

The 2023 Boater Skip Day was one for the books as hundreds of boats hit the St. Johns River on Friday for the unofficial annual holiday where people play hooky for a day on the water.

By 9:30 a.m. Friday, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office sent an alert that Governors Creek, Knight’s Boat Ramp, Lakeshore Boat Ramp, Doctor’s Lake Boat Ramp, and Williams Park were all full.

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Boater Skip Day, described by some as “Mardi Gras on the water,” has quickly become one of the most anticipated and well-attended boating events of the year in Northeast Florida with hundreds of boats in attendance and growing each year.

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