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By Water 28.903900, -80.824000 Mosquito Lagoon florida

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Mosquito Lagoon is part of the Indian River Lagoon system and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. It extends from Ponce de León Inlet in Volusia County, Florida, to the north end of Merritt 435MLIsland. It connects to the Indian River via the Haulover Canal. The Lagoon divides the city of New Smyrna Beach. It also runs next to the Canaveral National Seashore on Cape Canaveral and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The Kennedy Space Center is located on the lagoon as well.

By far the most popular part of the lagoon is the middle section. Tiger Shoals marks the middle of the lagoon with an old plane wreck protruding from it's southern end. Eest of Tiger shoals is a marl of islands and saltwater marshes adjacent to Playlinda and Apollo beach, both mecca's for nudest, sun worshippers and surfers.  There are so many nooks and crannies on the eastern shoreline where fiddler crabs are abundant and raccoons wade the mudflats. You'll find places like twin palms where traditionally redfish schools and skiddish trout lurk in the grass and marl bottom. Sightfishermen can get buck fever by casting with pinpoint accuracy at the tailing redfish lazily wallowing in the shallow waters and sandbars. West of Tiger Shoals is a series of islands often referred to as the klinkers. Anglers trying to stay out of the wind use these islands as refuge from a strong easterly flow and often find their quarry there too. Keeper sized redfish and trout stay comfortable with crab, shrimp and baitfish nearby in these warm shallow backwaters.

 

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4.28.07_8During low tide every day, an island appears as the water recedes at the inlet where Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna almost meet. When it does, boaters from all around come to play on the pure sandy land. It is as if it were made for recreational boating!

The island is easily accessible from various boat ramps in the area. But, it is only accessible by boat. We typically launch from North Causeway in New Smyrna. It is a very busy park so please be patient with your fellow boaters. Another good ramp is Port Orange Causeway Park

From the boat ramp, it is a short leisurely ride north to the island. The channel is minimum wake until you reach the inlet where the island is located. Along the way, you will see some beautiful homes. I look at them with extreme envy. You will pass underneath a statuesque draw bridge that brings people to and from New Smyrna.

Boat parking is plentiful. You can ride all the way around the island to the north and come back around on the west side. There is a canal back on the west side of the island that protects boats from the waves. That is normally where the larger boats park since it is easier to handle them over there. We like to park on the east side where the waves roll up on the newly created shore as the island appears and disappears. We park the boats off from the shore so that we don’t beach her. Some folks like to beach their boats and that is fine too.

We carry our chairs, grills, tables and coolers up to a spot where we can enjoy the day. People like to set up all kind of games like horseshoes, bolo golf, and bean bag toss. Throughout the day we watch people, play games, eat, drink, sun bathe, enjoy our friends, and make new ones. It really does make for a great day!

If you have not been and you get the chance, don’t pass it up. This is one of Florida’s great boating spots of which there are many. Hope to see you there.

Article by Randy, http://www.activeboating.com/article/viewArticle/3/

 

 

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