"The Tomoka Marsh Aquatic Preserve protects a lasting legacy a magical part of
old Florida, where waters from palm lined subtropical rivers mix with vast salt
marshes just back from the sea. This rich estuary serves as a nursery for so
many species identified with Florida like manatees, snook, blue crabs, and
wading birds. Perhaps just as important, it captures its place name from the
Timucua, the last of the native tribes who lived in close relationship with
these unique lands and waters. Protection of these lands did not just come about
on its own but through partnerships between the state, county, conservation
organizations, and concerned citizens who continue to appreciate the magical
sense of place which is the Tomoka."
former Chair, Volusia County Council
President emeritus, Florida Audubon Society
Northeast coast of Florida, along the Tomoka River and portions of the Halifax River, in Flagler and
Volusia counties, between the towns of Ormond Beach and Flagler Beach
8,000 acres of sovereign submerged lands
Aquatic Preserve Manager
8300 West State Road 46
Sanford, FL 32771
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A cabbage palm leans over Bulow Creek.
The Halifax River, Smith Creek and the Tomoka River are an important
travel corridor for the endangered West Indian manatee. The Tomoka
River and its tributaries Strickland, Thompson and Dodson Creek are a
designated Manatee Sanctuary.
In the early 1980s, a tributary of the Tomoka River was the site of
the first witnessed and documented birth of a free-ranging manatee.
The aquatic preserve is a valuable nursery area for fish, shrimp, and
crabs caught by commercial and recreational fishermen in the Atlantic
The preserve is utilized by over 120 species of fish including snook,
redfish, croakers, flounder, red drum, black drum, pompano and seatrout.
The small, often unseen anchovy dominates as forage for larger and more
popular game fish.
The Tomoka area has important archaeological and historic resources.
Nineteen prehistoric sites are located near the preserve, including the
remains of the Timucuan village Nocoroco located at Tomoka State Park.