Importance of the Indian River Lagoon

Apart from the great selection of boats, 312 Boat Club is located right on one of the most important coastal water bodies in North America.

The Indian River Lagoon system is a diverse, shallow-water estuary that stretches 156 miles across 40 percent of Florida’s east coast. It runs from the Ponce de Leon Inlet in Volusia County to the Jupiter Inlet in Palm Beach County.

The three main bodies of water that make up the lagoon are the Indian River Lagoon, the Banana River Lagoon, and the Mosquito Lagoon. Despite commonly being referred to as rivers, the Indian and Banana Rivers are not rivers at all. Instead, they are estuarine lagoons that were formed about 7,000 years ago by the formation of the barrier island complex to the east.

These three lagoons have an average depth of four feet and their width varies anywhere from a half mile to five and a half miles.

The lagoon has an enormous impact on the state’s east coast. It is responsible for an estimated annual economic value of $3.7 billion. It also supports 15,000 full and part-time jobs and provides recreation for 11 million people each year.

There are many freshwater tributaries, streams that feed into larger streams or rivers, connected to the lagoon. Additionally, the fact that there is a variance of salinity (the measure of all salts that dissolve in the water) and the fact that the northern portion is located in a temperate climate zone and the south portion is subtropical helps to make the Indian River Lagoon the highest biodiversity of any estuarine ecosystem in North America.

Due to these reasons, the lagoon has over 700 fish species. This makes the lagoon one of the top fisheries in the country.

When renting from 321 Boat Club, you set off into one of the most important coastal water bodies in North America, the Indian River Lagoon. With an expansive variety of marine life that includes bottlenose dolphins, manatees, and over 700 species of fish, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable experience.