Come enjoy the cobalt-blue Atlantic Ocean edged by white sand beaches, the peaceful flow of the St. Lucie River, the bountiful Indian River Lagoon – as well as countless quiet lakes and other bodies of water! As you can imagine, St. Lucie offers endless possibilities for aquatic recreation. Whether it’s fishing, boating, diving, surfing, canoeing or kayaking you enjoy, you’ll find it all here in this truly unmatched destination for fun in – and on – the water!
There are many reasons Fort Pierce, located on the central east coast of Florida, is considered to be one of the best fishing and boater friendly spots in the country. As St. Lucie County’s oldest city, Fort Pierce offers one of the safest inlets on the east coast. And compared to other inlets, Fort Pierce’s is one of the most beautiful and uncrowded. The scene entering and leaving the inlet isn’t cluttered with high-rise buildings and cruise ship traffic—it’s a tranquil and tropical experience that will set the tone for your boating or fishing excursion.
The offshore waters off of Fort Pierce are home to a wide variety of game fish, providing year round action. Permit, tarpon, jack, grouper, snapper, cobia, sailfish, dolphin, wahoo, kingfish, tuna and swordfish are biting in these parts at various times of the year.
The inshore fishing opportunities are just as plentiful. Fort Pierce has a natural lagoon/waterway called the Indian River Lagoon – the most diverse estuary in North America, home to more than 4,000 species of plants and animals. The lagoon offers anglers year round activity, with a vast array of fish to catch. Snook, trout, jack, snapper, tarpon, ladyfish, flounder and reds are abundant during various times of the year. The Indian River Lagoon is well known for producing large trout. In fact, the world record spotted sea trout – tipping the scales at over 17 pounds – was hooked here.
Fort Pierce’s great weather and multitude of boat ramps and facilities make fishing, boating and kayaking a year round activity. And the abundance of preserved natural resources and beauty make it one of the best destinations for any outdoor enthusiast.Once you’re here, you’ll notice many local businesses that thrive on the water activity culture, providing a multitude of services -- including bait and tackle shops, dive shops, hotels, restaurants, marinas/docking facilities, marine services, private charters, and boat dealers -- all situated on or near the waterfront.
To learn more about Fort Pierce’s coveted waterfront lifestyle, visit www.visitstluciefla.com or call 1.800.344.8443. Information provided by St. Lucie County Tourism Office.