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"Although located in an urban area, the Banana River Aquatic Preserve offers many opportunities to view and experience the estuarine resources of the Indian River Lagoon system. Paddling the mangrove-lined backwaters of the Thousand Islands in Cocoa Beach or walking the trails along the marsh at Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary adjacent to Sykes Creek are just a few of the opportunities available to visit this natural treasure."

Bob Day, Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program


Brevard County


30,000 acres


Irene Arpayoglou, Manager
Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves
3300 Lewis Street
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
(772) 429-2995

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Spoil island
  • Sykes Creek is the main tributary within Banana River Aquatic Preserve.
  • The most important spring habitat (300-500 individuals/survey day) for the east coast population of manatees has been the northern Banana River (2001, Florida Manatee Recovery Plan). Large numbers of manatees use the Banana River almost year-round.
  • The Banana River supports the largest pelican rookery on the Atlantic Coast, a significant population of alligators, and diamondback terrapin turtles.
  • Favored by recreational fisherman, the shallow seagrass and mangrove based ecosystem supports large gamefish.


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Indian River Lagoon Management Plan Update

The Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves Management Plan is being updated. This management plan covers Banana River Aquatic Preserve, Indian River-Malabar to Vero Beach Aquatic Preserve, Indian River-Vero Beach to Ft. Pierce Aquatic Preserve and Jensen Beach to Jupiter Inlet Aquatic Preserve. A draft plan was produced and made available to the public for review and comment. Four public meetings were held to present the plan to the public and receive feedback. Those comments and those of the advisory committee were reviewed and the plan has been amended accordingly. The plan was presented to, and approved by the Acquisition and Restoration Council at their June 17, 2016 meeting.

Last updated: August 12, 2016

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