A Boating and Angling Guide to Brevard County A Boating and Angling Guide to Brevard County
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Florida Fish and Wildlife
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Fish and Wildlife
Research Institute
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St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

Partial funding for this project was obtained through the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Fund.
Welcome to Apalachee Bay
Brevard County is one of the longest in Florida, extending 75 miles from north to south. It is also fairly narrow, only 20 miles wide. The estuarine waters of the Indian River Lagoon have supported people here for thousands of years. The Ais Indians and their ancestors inhabited the lagoon region for hundreds of years before 1565, when the first Spanish explorers arrived. The Ais Indians knew how to defend themselves against the Spanish, who viewed the Indians as cheap slave labor. Cabo Cañaveral, or “Cape of Wild Canes," received its name after the Ais repelled a Spanish slaving party by shooting arrows made from swamp reeds with fire-hardened tips. Today, the area is known as Cape Canaveral, the home of Kennedy Space Center, America's Space Port.

image of Cape Canaveral Lighthouse
Cape Canaveral Lighthouse
on Merritt Island

This guide to the waterways and marine resources of the Indian River Lagoon in Brevard County is designed to be a boater's on-board companion. Included in the guide ate map locations for boat ramps, seagrass beds, and navigation channels. Tables provide details of marina services, boating safety, and natural resource information. Please use this guide to help do your part to protect our diverse and productive marine environment. By boating safely and with greater awareness of the natural environment, you can help protect Brevard County and the wildlife that depends on these waters for survival.

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This Web site was last updated on May 4, 2012.

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