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"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
(772) 429-2995



The Indian River Lagoon is one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in the nation. 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.

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Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves

If you want to help preserve the Indian River Lagoon, consider joining Friends of the Spoil Islands at http://friendsofspoilislands.org.

Last updated: March 21, 2017

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