"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 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
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.