Indian River Lagoon
The Indian River Lagoon is a grouping of three lagoons: Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River, and the Indian River, on the Atlantic Coast of Florida; it is the most biodiverse lagoon ecosystem in the Northern Hemisphere and is home to more than 10,000 species of plants and animals.
The full length of the Indian River Lagoon is 156 miles (251 km), extending from Ponce de León Inlet in Volusia County, Florida, to Jupiter Inlet in Palm Beach County, Florida, and includes Cape Canaveral. Lake Okeechobee is connected to the lagoon by the Okeechobee Waterway and the St. Lucie River meeting in Sewall’s Point. The Lagoon varies in width from .5 to 5 miles (0.80 to 8.05 km) and averages 4 feet (1.2 m) in depth.
The Lagoon contains five state parks, four federal wildlife refuges and a national seashore.
- Indian River Lagoon – The Indian River Lagoon (IRL) is a unique, highly diverse, shallow-water estuary of national significance stretching along 40 percent of Florida’s east coast. While the IRL’s environmental importance is clear, the lagoon is also an economic engine, generating more than $7.6 billion per year to the state of Florida.
- What is an Estuary?
- Indian River Lagoon Preserve State Park * photos
- Conservation * Shoreline Restoration * ProjectH20 * Citizen Science
- Resources – Florida Coastal Naturalist course at Marine Discovery Center
Pinterest “boards” – MDC