Safety Update

Spoil islands are now open to visitors for approved usage according to their designations. Some islands continue to be closed to the public due to bird nesting activities and accessing those posted islands is strictly prohibited. Please continue to follow CDC guidance for social distancing and always follow the Leave No Trace Seven Principals to keep our islands clean and healthy for everyone to enjoy.

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SPOIL ISLAND PROJECT

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DID YOU KNOW THAT OUR SPOIL ISLANDS ARE MAN-MADE?

A spoil island is a man-made island, often created as a byproduct of channel dredging. In an effort to promote boating and commerce throughout Florida over the years, countless channels have been dredged through the state’s shallow inshore and coastal waters to provide enough depth for vessels to travel. The material dredged up during the process is called “spoil,” and while it’s usually transported to upland storage sites nowadays, in the past it was the practice to simply deposit the spoil in piles along the edge of the channels as the dredging operation progressed along.  When these piles got big enough, they’d break the water’s surface and become spoil islands.

SPOIL ISLANDS PROJECT

The Spoil Island Project (SIP) is headed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves Office (IRLAP) with help from partnering agencies and organizations. The Project is aimed at providing recreational opportunities on the many spoil islands throughout Florida’s Treasure and Space Coast regions, while at the same time, working to preserve or enhance ecological function.
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FRIENDS OF THE SPOIL ISLANDS

The Friends of the Spoil Islands or FOSI, is a non-profit 501(C)(3) Citizen Support Organization for the Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves office. The purpose of a CSO is to assist Aquatic Preserve staff to achieve their mission of managing seven aquatic preserves and the spoil island located within the boundaries.
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If you or your organization would like to help the Friends of the Spoil Islands help us, please contact them here.

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View breathtaking drone footage shot by a supporter
during a volunteer cleanup mission.


Video: Rob Yoder Photography via YouTube

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