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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 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 over 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 is being updated. A draft plan was produced and is available to the public for review and comment. A public meeting will be held to present the plan to the public and receive comments specific to the plan. Following the public meeting, the advisory committee will meet to discuss the comments received at the public meetings and possible revisions to the plan.

Meeting Date and Location

  • Monday, May 23, 2016, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Santa Rosa County Extension Office
    6263 Dogwood Drive
    Milton, FL 32570-3500

Written comments are welcome and can be submitted by mail to Northwest Florida Aquatic Preserves, 160 Government Center, Pensacola, FL 32501-5794 or by email to FloridaCoasts@dep.state.fl.us by Monday, June 6, 2016.


Last updated: May 23, 2016

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