The lands and waters that the Florida Coastal Office manages are full of recreation opportunities. Aquatic
preserves are all along Florida's coastline and even some rivers and a lake. Since
they don't lend themselves to having obvious boundaries, such as fences or roads, you
may have already been enjoying their beauty. Whether you've been kayaking among the
mangroves at the Ten Thousand Islands, laying on the white sand beaches of St.
Joseph Peninsula, tubing down the Rainbow River, or fishing off of Cedar Key, you've been
enjoying aquatic preserves.
Of course, you probably weren't trying to visit an aquatic preserve. Often the easiest
way to visit an aquatic preserve is to visit a state park. Most of the aquatic preserves
have state parks bordering them so you can take advantage of their pristine condition.
The Florida Coastal Office also manages uplands through their three National Estuarine Research Reserves
(NERRs). Each of the NERRs offers opportunities for low impact recreational activities,
such as hiking, bird-watching and canoeing/kayaking.
The Florida Coastal Office partnered with the Office of Greenways and Trails
to establish the
Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail,
a 1500 mile sea kayaking trail that passes through 29
aquatic preserves, as well as all three NERRs, the
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and 47 state