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Indian River Lagoon Treasure Coast

Florida has great natural scenery and the Indian River Lagoon is a perfect example. There are two Indian Lagoon scenic highways our focus is on Indian River Drive (highway 707) - an official Florida Scenic Highway that runs from Jensen Beach in the south along the Indian River Lagoon into downtown Fort Pierce in the north.

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Indian River Drive Dock

A dock on Indian River Drive in Fort Pierce

The scenic drive along the Indian River is 42 miles.

A few of the things you will see and can do on this drive include:

  • Fish (wading in the river is popular)
  • Eat Breakfast or Lunch
  • Sit on the Shore of the Indian River
  • See a Variety of Birds and Fish
  • Watch Fishermen
  • Park and Go Biking
  • Go Kayaking

You can start in Jensen Beach or Fort Pierce.

Jensen Beach

To get to Jensen Beach and start your drive take Jensen Beach Blvd east to Indian River Drive and turn left (north). As you begin you will quickly pass the Snook Nook - an excellent bait and tackle shop. If you plan to fish then stop at the Snook Nook to pickup bait, a fishing rod, or some great advice.

As you head north you will pass a good breakfast and coffee spot Denas Cafe. Denas is on the river just north of the Jensen Beach Causeway and serves breakfast and lunch.

As you pass Denas you will begin to see the beauty of the Indian River.

Conchy Joes

North of Denas you will see Conchys Joes. Conchy Joes is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. It is both a seafood market and restaurant.

The menu includes a variety of clams, oysters crab, conch, and shrimp as well as steaks and chicken.

Fishing Indian River

Fishing in the Indian River, Fort Pierce

Plants and Animals in the Indian River

The Indian River Lagoon is the most biologically diverse estuary in North America with more than 4,000 species of plants and animals.  It is home to one-third of the endangered manatees which you can frequently see swimming.  You’ll also see the native mangrove trees thriving in the wetlands. 

The mangrove trees provide an important ecosystem for the Indian River Lagoon for fish, crustaceans, mollusk, and wading birds.  This is where many of their lives begin, thrive, and reproduce providing 75% to 90% of the habit for the source of all commercial fishing in this region.

Fishing Spot - Local Favorite

At the intersection of Indian River Drive and Walton Road there is a small parking area that is popular with locals. If you want to wade in the river and fish one of the biggest challenges is finding a place to park so the Walton Road parking area is a local favorite.

Homes on the Indian River

As you head north you will pass some amazing homes on the west side of the road. Most of the homes are on large lots that are an acre or bigger. Some of the homes are older and smaller but many are large and remodeled.

Motels on the Indian River

There are a few motels on Indian River Drive between Jensen Beach and Fort Pierce - they are right across the street river.

Indian River Drive Sign

A street sign on Indian River Drive in Fort Pierce, FL

Fort Pierce Sign

Sign on Indian River Drive as you approach Fort Pierce

Biking on Indian River Drive

Indian River Drive is one of those roads that is perfect for a nice long bike ride. You will see many bicycles and should give them plenty of room as the road is fairly narrow and there is no real bike path.

Downtown Fort Pierce

As you approach Fort Pierce you will go around a round about - be prepared to yield to traffic as it comes up quick. Once you pass the round about you will a few blocks more and cross Avenue A - another Round About.

At Avenue A in Fort Pierce turn right to go the Fort Pierce Marina and Gazebo Park - where there is a farmers market every Saturday from 8:00am until noon.

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