Considered a water body of national significance, the Indian River Lagoon spans 40% of Florida’s east coast, from New Smryna Beach to West Palm Beach, with most of its waters in Brevard County.  Fresh water mixes with ocean salt water to create a unique environment for the more than 2,000 species of plants, 600 species of fish, 300 species of birds and 53 threatened or endangered species that call it home. Manatees, horseshoe crabs, great blue herons, dolphins and sea turtles make living and boating a treasure for the communities that border these brackish waters.

Birders love Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Pelican Island for their rich birdwatching, fishing, and hiking opportunities. Dozens of parks, campgrounds, and boat ramps attract families and visitors for kayaking, sailing, fishing, boating, and camping.

The Indian River is a magical part of the community, bringing joy and prosperity to many. Today, the community is coming together to return the Lagoon to its original beauty and majesty.  Learn more about the Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition at