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
Indian River-Malabar to Vero Beach Aquatic Preserve
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
Indian River-Vero Beach to Fort Pierce Aquatic Preserve
Jensen Beach to Jupiter Inlet Aquatic Preserve
St. 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
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
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).
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.