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The Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves are a popular destination for boating, fishing, kayaking and nature appreciation, such as bird-watching. In addition, the spoil islands in the Indian River Lagoon are a valuable recreational resource. Created by dredge material, they provide camping and picnicking opportunities for boaters. The Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves manages most of the spoil islands, and coordinates habitat and recreation improvements through the Spoil Island Project.

Banana River Aquatic Preserve

There are no state parks adjacent to Banana River Aquatic Preserve or nearby, but Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary, operated by Brevard County, offers excellent bird-watching opportunities. Boat ramps at Kiwanis Island Park, Kelly Park, Cocoa Beach Recreational Complex, Banana River Park and Port End Park give access to the lagoon to boaters and kayakers alike.

Indian River-Malabar to Vero Beach Aquatic Preserve

The aquatic preserve is a popular destination for boating, fishing, kayaking and appreciating nature. Sebastian Inlet State Park, which borders the aquatic preserve, has boat launches and a non-motorized boat launch for kayaks, canoes and sailboats. It's also a popular destination for swimming and sunbathing. Manatees can be seen congregating in St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park from November to March in the C54 Canal.

Indian River-Vero Beach to Fort Pierce Aquatic Preserve


Jensen Beach to Jupiter Inlet Aquatic Preserve

Boats by a spoil islandSt. Lucie Inlet State Park is only accessible by boat, but its quiet beaches are great for swimming, sunbathing, picnicking and surf fishing. Marinas, boat ramps and local parks also offer access to the aquatic preserve. The spoil islands of the aquatic preserve are popular destinations for picnicking and camping.

Indian River Lagoon is also part of the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail. Jensen Beach to Jupiter Inlet Aquatic Preserve spans two segments of the paddling trail.

Loxahatchee River-Lake Worth Creek Aquatic Preserve


Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve

Recreation in Mosquito Lagoon includes fishing, canoeing, kayaking, motorboating, sailing, water skiing and nature viewing. The lagoon, particularly the southern portion, is one of the least developed regions on the east coast. Fishing is especially popular in Mosquito Lagoon with the majority of anglers targeting redfish and spotted sea trout.

Three public waterfront parks are located east of U.S. Highway 1 along Riverside Drive, in the city of Edgewater, adjacent to Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve (MLAP).

  • Kennedy Point Memorial Park.
  • Menard-May Park.
  • Veterans Park.

Kennedy Point Memorial Park and Menard-May Park both have boat ramps. Menard-May Park also offers the public a riverfront playground, pavilion, restrooms, sandy beach, native plants, mangrove habitat and two fishing/observation piers. Veterans Park has a parking area and a fishing and observation pier that juts directly onto Mosquito Lagoon. Additional public boat and kayak launches are available around Mosquito Lagoon, outside MLAP boundaries.

North Fork, St. Lucie Aquatic Preserve

Recreation at North Fork St. Lucie Aquatic Preserve includes canoeing, kayaking, motor boating, sailing, water skiing, wake boarding, catch-and-release fishing and nature viewing. Eco-tour operations provide pontoon trips to educate residents and visitors about the biology and ecology of the aquatic preserve, such as a visit to the bird rookery in Mud Cove during the peak of the nesting season (February to July).

The aquatic preserve currently contains five public boat ramps, three public canoe stopovers, and two public marinas. The kayak launch at the Savannas Preserve State Park's Halpatioke Canoe and Nature Trail is the only ADA-accessible kayak launch on the river. The five public boat ramps include:

  • White City Park.
  • River Park Marina.
  • Veteran's Memorial Park at Rivergate.
  • Sandpiper Bay Marina.
  • C-24 Boat Ramp.

The three canoe stopovers are located at:

With the exception of Sandpiper Bay Marina, public access points are associated with adjacent public lands and managed by local and state agencies.

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: November 03, 2016

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