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"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 generations."

Ernie Rivers,
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
(850) 595-0683

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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.

Last updated: May 30, 2017

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