Area & WildLife

Mosquito Lagoon Wild Life bald eagle takng flight

GET TO KNOW THE AREA

Just a short drive from Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Brevard County, and most of the East Central Florida region, the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon are world class vacation and fishing destinations. With their pristine shallow grass flats and estuaries located inside the boundaries of Canaveral National Seashore Park and Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge, you will see an abundance of wildlife up close and personal, including dolphins, manatees, alligators, bald eagles, and many other species of birds depending on the seasons.

The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

The refuge traces its beginnings to the development of the nation’s Space Program. In 1962, NASA acquired 140,000 acres of land, water, and marshes adjacent to Cape Canaveral to establish the John F. Kennedy Space Center. NASA built a launch complex and other space-related facilities, but development of most of the area was not necessary. In 1963 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service signed an agreement to establish the refuge and in 1975 a second agreement established Canaveral National Seashore. Today, The Department of Interior manages most of the unused portions of the Kennedy Space Center as a National Wildlife Refuge and National Seashore.

The Canaveral National Seashore

The Canaveral National Seashore (CANA) is a National Seashore located between New Smyrna Beach and Titusville, Florida, in Volusia County and Brevard County. The park, located on a barrier island, was created on January 3, 1975, by an act of Congress. The Canaveral National Seashore celebrated its 25th birthday on January 3, 2000; however, the concept for the park actually originated 44 years earlier. The 25 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beach, dunes and Mosquito Lagoon is the longest expanse of undeveloped land along the East Coast of Florida and as a federally protected area will remain primarily as it is today.

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge GALLERY