|Yellow River Marsh Aquatic Preserve
"A trip on the Yellow River is like going back in time. Its tall-forested banks, pristine water
quality and productive fishing create a place one can go to be completely surrounded by nature.
The Yellow River Preserve is one of Florida's most precious contributions it has for its future
River Keeper and Bream Fisherman Associate of Northwest Florida
Santa Rosa County
11,000 acres of sovereign submerged lands
Beth Fugate, Manager
Florida Coastal Office
160 Government Center
Pensacola, FL 32501-5794
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- The Yellow River Marsh Aquatic Preserve encompasses portions
of Yellow River, Blackwater River and East Bay. The upper
most portions of the preserve are bordered by Northwest Florida Water
Management District lands and Eglin Air Force Base.
Yellow River Marsh Aquatic Preserve was designated as an Aquatic Preserve in 1970.
- The aquatic preserve consists of more than 2,000 acres of
marsh, forested wetlands and seagrass beds. These provide
filtration from pollutants and serve as flood control.
Recreational and commercial fishing are major activities within the preserve with fisherman catching variety of fish including: bass, brim & bluegill, catfish, redfish, flounder, blue crab, mullet, and
more than 100 other types of fresh and brackish water fish.
- It is very common to see
several different types of snakes and turtles along with an
occasional alligator on a trip down the Yellow River.
Management Plan Development
The Yellow River Marsh Aquatic Preserve Management Plan
has just been updated. A draft plan was produced and is
available to the public for review and comment. A public
meeting was scheduled to receive comments and a
subsequent advisory committee meeting was held to
discuss the plan and those comments. Revisions have been
made to the plan based on those comments. The
management plan was presented to the
Acquisition and Restoration Council, for review, and
approved on February 17, 2017. Then, the management plan
was approved by the Board of Trustees on April 11, 2017.
May 30, 2017
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 235
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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