Indian River Lagoon
The lagoon is 156-mile-long estuary where salt water from the Atlantic Ocean mixes with freshwater from the land and tributaries. The resulting brackish (slightly salty) water is moved more by the wind than by the tide and does not flow from headwaters to a mouth like a river. The width of the lagoon varies from one-half mile to five miles, with an average depth of four feet.
St. Sebastian River
If you head west and take a trip down the St. Sebastian River, a tributary of the Indian River Lagoon, it will take you back in time. The water is brackish which sustains both freshwater and saltwater species. Some examples of species found in the river are tarpon, snook, trout, redfish, bass and mullet. As you head farther back into the River, it forks off into two mangrove-lined branches. The north fork has been channeled and dammed and is a great place for novice fly anglers to hone their skills. The south fork has remained natural and meandering. This river is lined with sawgrass and mangroves, offering excellent habitat for both predator and prey. A no-wake zone makes the St. Sebastian River a truly peaceful place to fish!
A tributary of the Indian River with its mouth in the bay of Palm Bay, Turkey Creek is a 4.1 mile-long waterway that runs through the Town of Malabar and City of Palm Bay. Take a guided tour through the Turkey Creek Sanctuary which offers two distinct habitats, each home to endangered plants and animals. Winding through the wildlife sanctuary is a 4,000-foot boardwalk and 1.5 miles of hiking trails.
Photo Courtesy of John A. Masters
Three Forks Marsh
Three Forks encompasses nearly 52,000 acres of marsh lands near the headwaters of the St. Johns River. The first signs of the river appear as a three prong fork (hence the name Three Forks) just south of Lake Hell 'n Blazes.
At Three Forks, a vast network of levees is being constructed to impound the water runoff from neighboring agricultural lands. Much of it has already been completed and is open to the public.