Manatee "Hot Spots" in Florida

Brevard County: The Banana River, also the USFWS has designated the Canaveral Barge Canal, between the ICW and the locks, and all of Sykes Creek a slow speed manatee refuge. These zones are posted and are being enforced.

Broward County: The ICW and the inlet areas, the Dania Cutoff Canal and the New River

Charlotte County: The Peace River, Charlotte Harbor, Turtle Bay, and the southern portion of Lemon Bay

Citrus County: All of Kings Bay and the Crystal and Homosassa Rivers

Collier County: Rookery, Naples, and Chokoloskee Bays and the Everglades City area; the Marco Island area, Wiggins Pass, and Henderson Creek

Dade County: Biscayne Bay and the Coral Gables Waterway, the Miami, Little and Oleta Rivers, and the Sky Lakes and Blue Lagoon

Duval County: The entire St. John’s River system, with emphasis on the tributaries such as Julington Creek and the shorelines

Hillsborough County: The downtown area, the Alafia River and the Little Manatee River

Indian River County: Primarily the Jungle Trail Narrows, around the Sebastian Inlet and the Sebastian River

Lee County: The Caloosahatchee River, Matlacha Pass, Estero Bay, Pine Island Sound and the vicinity of Sanibel Island and the Bokeelia Point area

Manatee County: Terra Ceia Bay and the Manatee and Braden Rivers

Monroe County: The Florida Bay side of the Upper Keys and the canal systems located in Key Largo and also Whitewater Bay in the Everglades

Palm Beach County: The Loxahatchee River, Jupiter Sound, Lake Worth Creek and the Intracoastal Waterway, especially in the area around Boca Raton

Pinellas County: The Ft. Desoto and Clearwater Harbor

Sarasota County: Lemon Bay, the Little Sarasota Bay, Roberts Bay, and the Myakka River

St. Lucie and Martin: The north and south forks of the St. Lucie River and the St. Lucie Inlet area, including the Intracoastal Waterway, Manatee Pocket and the Crossroads

Volusia: Ponce Inlet, and the Halifax River system including the Tomoka River, the Oak Hill area and the St. John’s River system

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