Class I Indian River Lagoon, FL

Indian River Lagoon (Wabasso Causeway to Sebastian Inlet State Park)

Whether from one of our hiking trails, observation platforms, or by kayak the Refuge offers excellent wildlife observation and photography opportunities. We offer a bird’s eye view of Pelican Island Proper were you can view the Pelican Island rookery from a distance, as well as other beautiful Indian River Lagoon scenery. A variety of wading birds, shore birds, ducks and occasional raptors, depending on the season, can be seen. Our experienced volunteers also give free wildlife tours November through March by tram to our observation platforms and over our trail system. Fishing is a popular visitor pastime on the Refuge. Almost 5,000 acres of the saltwater Indian River Lagoon is a great place for anglers to try their luck at catching sea trout, red drum, black drum, snook, and tarpon. Bank fishing is available on the Refuge, but the best opportunities are by boat. Boat launch facilities can be found in Sebastian FL, the Wabasso Causeway, and at Sebastian Inlet State Park. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

Section Details

Trip Length Full Day
Fishing Yes
Camping No
Manager U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge
Wild & Scenic No
Water Trail No
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