WEDNESDAY WISDOM | Did you know…
Many of the Islands that you see from the shores of the Indian River Lagoon are Spoil Islands, man-made islands created as a byproduct of channel dredging in order to provide enough depth for vessels to travel. The islands are only accessible by boat and other types of aquatic vessels such as kayaks, canoes, SUP’s, etc. A favorite place for boaters to spend the day, the state-designated recreation “spoil” islands have beautiful sandy beaches to work on your suntan or cool off in the water. There are plenty of shaded areas to beat the Florida heat, and there always seems to be a nice sea breeze coming from the east to keep cool. A number of the Spoil Islands have campsites with large picnic tables, grills, and fire rings. The recreation island camps are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and there is no charge to use them!
There are 3 types of spoil islands throughout the Indian River Lagoon:
1.) Conservation – islands with important ecological resources or value deemed unsuitable for recreational activities or use.
2.) CWA – islands designated by the FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) as Critical Wildlife Areas and are closed to public access.
3.) Recreation – islands better suited for supporting recreational activities and camping.
If you would like to plan a visit to one of our recreational spoil islands, click here for an interactive map providing detailed information about the location and use of each spoil island: http://spoilislandproject.org/indian-river-county-spoil-islands/