Kayak among the numerous islands of the beautiful Indian River Lagoon, one of the most diverse estuaries in North America. Explore quiet trails that wind through the mangrove forests. Sandy beaches invite exploration and provide an ideal spot for a gourmet lunch or dinner. Join us for a few hours of exploration or spend a night or more camping. We are your local experts for tours of the lagoon and offer tours daily. Your naturalist guide can open a new window to understanding this amazing ecosystem.
The diversity of life, paired with beautiful scenery, make kayaking this area a must for vacationers and residents alike. Paddle the still mangrove backwaters as osprey soar overhead- perhaps carrying a freshly caught mullet. Cross expansive grass flats and perhaps see the lagoon's top predator- the dolphin- working the flats. Mangroves and sea grass beds create an environment very conducive to the marine life that support the osprey and dolphin, along with many other animals. More than 4000 animal and plant species, including manatees, stingrays, sea turtles, seahorses, nearly 700 species of fish and over 300 species of birds call the Indian River Lagoon "home".
The Indian River Lagoon is located on the east coast of central Florida. It stretches 156 miles from Ponce De Leon Inlet south to Jupiter Inlet. With an average depth of 3 feet, the lagoon waters are best seen by kayak. Watch for a cormorant to surface or a pelican to dive in the vast schools of fish that fill these waters. Thrill to the sight of numerous leaping mullet. The lagoon serves as a spawning ground and nursery for both ocean and lagoon fish.
The Indian River Lagoon is located on the Atlantic Flyway, a highway for migrating birds. Great flocks of egrets, ibis, and pelicans can be seen in the fall and spring of the year. Several rookeries give opportunities to observe a variety of birds nesting, such as brown pelicans, great blue herons, little blue herons, snowy egrets, and wood storks. You may even see colorful roseate spoonbills! The Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1903, the first wildlife refuge in the United States, is located here.