Mosquito Lagoon

New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32169

Mosquito Lagoon

Mosquito Lagoon Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Mosquito Lagoon is a long lagoon stretching parallel to the Atlantic shore for 30 miles from New Smyrna Beach in the north to the Kennedy Space Center in the south. It connects to the Indian River near the south end via the Haulover Canal near
Titusville. For at least 10,000 years before European arrival, the area was inhabited by Timucuan Indians who built numerous large mounds from the shells of oysters and clams harvested in the lagoon.

While early settlers also harvested shellfish, fished, and
hunted here, later there were some large sugar plantations and more recently, in the early 1900s, orange groves. Orange Island was the site of one of the most prominent orange groves, with another on Shipyard Island. Shipyard Island was a Confederate shipbuilding site during the Civil War. This route explores part of the Canaveral National Seashore Park."

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Trail Information

New Smyrna Beach
Nearby City
10-15 miles
Distance
Moderate
Skill Level
7-8 hours
Duration
About half of Mosquito Lagoon is 3 feet deep or less but the tidal range is small: up to about 1 foot. Tides fill and drain from the larger northern entrance to the lagoon north of New Smyrna Beach. Tidal streams are fastest through narrows. Explore on a rising tide to reduce the risk of being trapped in shallows, otherwise take care to follow the deeper channels.
Tidal Information
Thunderstorms are common in summer, and the area is exposed to wind. Constrictions can accelerate the tidal streams, which will be fastest at spring tides: Currents may be stronger than expected in windy weather, when the wind and tide run together. Watch out for boat traffic along both the Intracoastal Waterway, which runs along the west shore, and the old Intracoastal that runs along the eastern shore. Expect oyster beds in quiet shallows: Take care of your hull, and wear sturdy-soled shoes in case.
Hazards/Cautions
Topo map, USGS 1: 24,000, Ariel
Local Maps