Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region

Indian River LagoonA man fishing during the sunset

The headwaters of the Indian River Lagoon and Turnbull Creek are located within the boundary of the refuge. There is limited access to this portion of the lagoon, but Shiloh Marsh Road provides bank access along a 12 mile section of the northeast section of the Lagoon and offers good bird-watching, canoe, and fishing access.  As with all refuge waters, a sports fishing permit is required. 

Shiloh Marsh Road and L Pond Road are closed annually to motor vehicles from November 1 - February 15. This is to reduce disturbance to winter waterfowl. Individuals may enter by foot to bird-watch or fish from the road.


Sunset Fishing - USFWS Photo


Bairs Cove
Bairs Cove - Photo by Susan Waldron

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