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Haulover Canal Near The Wildlife Refuge

Mosquito Lagoon's Main Canal For Navigating And Fishing

Tuesday June 27, 2017

Connecting the Mosquito Lagoon and the Indian River had been a long endeavor for Army Engineers for over a century. An eight hundred yard path or "haulover" allowed travelers to carry their cargo from one lagoon to the other to catch vessels on each side. This disembarkment process was finally solved in the later part of the 1800's and completed Florida's inland waterway from Jacksonville to Miami.

Fishing the Haulover is a local favorite as large redfish, black drum and other gamefish use this coridoor to traverse between bodies of water. "Simply hook on a chunk of bait or live bait and wait for the fish to swim through and if you're patient... you will catch a good fish" explains Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides.

Most anglers use the Haulover to launch at the popular Bairs Cove Boat Ramp, but it's also used to travel between the Indian and Mosquito Lagoons in search of popular gamefish and unique fishing territory on each side. There's plenty of current when the winds are blowing hard from the north or south on the canal and this seems to make the fishing better in many cases.

For Lagooner Fishing Guides and their customers, Haulover Canal host the easiest access point on the Mosquito Lagoon at Bairs Cove Boat Ramp. Bairs Cove is located on the south side of Haulover and west of State Road 3. Accomodations are minimal, but Bairs Cove has a parking lot for cars and trailers, a small single lane boat ramp and a porta-potti for toilet use. During much of the year, you can see wild pigs foraging beside the road as you enter the park, manatees in the boat basin and alligators floating amongst them.

A large drawbridge spans over the Haulover Canal with traffic flowing north and south on SR3. The drawbridge opens on demand for vessels with tall mast or large heights. Fishing is restricted under the bridges and the attendant will give you warnings if you encroch regularly.


Haulover Canal is mainly used for navigating from the Mosquito Lagoon to the Indian River Lagoon through the National Wildlife Refuge with some fishing.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

Author Captain Richard Bradley

Captain Richard Bradley is the author and contributor for many of the articles written on the Lagooner website. Richard is a professional fishing guide, taking anglers in his native waters near the Banana and Mosquito Lagoons on Florida's central east coast almost three hundred trips seasonally. When not charter fishing, Captain Richard enjoys time with his family surfing, fishing, camping and various other outdoor activities.

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