Micco Water Management Area

Description

The Micco Water Management Area (WMA) covers approximately 458 acres in Brevard County within the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Indian River Lagoon Basin. It improves the quality of water discharged to the North Prong of the St. Sebastian River, a tributary of the Indian River Lagoon. The WMA is an environmental engineering achievement that benefits our coastal waters while providing aesthetic benefits and a multitude of recreational opportunities. The park uses a series of ponds and restored wetlands to remove pollutants from a 21,000-acre watershed before they reach the Indian River Lagoon, one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in North America. This stormwater is treated as it travels through a series of ponds, the Herndon Swamp constructed wetland treatment system, and additional created wetlands. The Micco WMA is contiguous with the St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park. Funding partners are Florida Department of Environmental Protection, St. Johns River Water Management District, Brevard County, Florida Department of Transportation. The Micco WMA is one of several projects that are part of an effort to improve water quality in the Indian River Lagoon Basin. Other restoration projects in the Indian River Lagoon Basin include the Sebastian Stormwater Park, Canal 1 and associated Sawgrass Lake Water Management Area, and the continued reconnection of historic mosquito impoundments.

Wildlife viewing

Please respect Florida’s wildlife and use caution while visiting district lands. These are wild animals. For your safety, do not approach or feed any wild animal. The Micco WMA supports a variety of listed species, including wood storks, northern crested caracaras, bald eagles and more.

Recreational activities

Hiking, nature study, photography, wildlife viewing, bicycling and equestrian activities are allowed on the property. The ponds’ primary purpose is to remove excess chemicals and nutrients from the water. Therefore, fishing, swimming, boating and other water-based recreational activities are strictly prohibited.

Access

The area can be accessed on Fleming Grant Road, south of Micco Road.