Mosquito Lagoon's Intracoastal Waterway
Florida's Coastal Transportation Alley
Saturday October 21, 2017
The History of the Intracoastal Waterway is long and varied in accounts, but the general knowledge is that it's been in the minds and thoughts of the United States people before the conception of our United States. The real work on the waterway became reality in the 1800's in Florida and earlier in some of the northeastern states. Florida was a territory before it became a state and political wherewithal was not expanded until state status in 1845.
Heavy loads were thought to be more manageable by barge rather than road, but by the turn of the century rail road was becoming the prominent way to carry cargo up and down the east coast. Thoughts of commercial transport on the Intracoastal Waterway were quickly becoming less feasible but the public sentiment for an inland waterway was great and gave way to the Army Corps of Engineers completing most of the dredging and marking of the waterway from Maine to Biscayne Bay, Miami.
Today's Intracoastal Waterway in Brevard County starts in the Mosquito Lagoon and ends at Sebastian Inlet on the Indian River Lagoon. Haulover Canal was dug and dredged to complete much of the inland canal allowing commercial and recreational vessels safe inland passage.
Mosquito Lagoon at the northern part of the Indian River and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway runs along the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Last modified: November 02 2016 22:46:30.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides©