"From the time of the Ais Indians, the Indian River Lagoon has been and remains an important
feature that continues to shape the lives of those that reside near it, recreate within it,
and earn a livelihood from it."
Volusia, Brevard, Indian River,
St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties
Nearly 100,000 acres of sovereign submerged lands
Irene Arpayoglou, Manager
Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves
3300 Lewis Street
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
The Indian River Lagoon is one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in
It is one of 28 estuaries in the United States Environmental Protection Agency's
National Estuary Program, and the only estuary with
this designation on the east coast of Florida. The
Indian River Lagoon stretches approximately 150 miles from
Volusia County in the north to Jupiter Inlet in northern
Palm Beach County. This estuary supports seagrass beds, mangroves, drift algae, salt marshes, oyster bars,
and tidal flats, which serve as important spawning and/or
nursery grounds for commercially important species, such as shrimp, groupers,
snappers, snook and drum. The spoil islands provide visitors with
opportunities for camping, fishing, picnicking, hiking,
snorkeling, and birding.
Leave No Trace 2017 Hot Spot Week
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and its
Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers team partnered with the Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves to host
free community events and educational activities Feb.
27- March 6, 2017. The scenic and popular Indian River
Lagoon and its spoil islands have experienced an
increase in excessive trash, damage to vegetation and
trail erosion over recent years.
The Hot Spot Program, a key component of the Leave No
Trace in Every Park initiative, raises community
awareness and brings solutions and prevention measures
to popular natural areas around the country facing heavy
recreational use and consequently, the misuse of trails,
parks and open space areas.