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Thousand Islands Conservation Area

The Thousand Islands Conservation Area, located on the Banana River in Brevard County, is adjacent to the shores of downtown Cocoa Beach. The area is home to a wide variety of creatures, including wood storks, American alligators and West Indian manatees, as well as rare and endangered tropical plants. The property provides improved public access to the Indian River Lagoon Blueway through land-based and waterway trails. This 338-acre site, located in Cocoa Beach, consists of a series of islands in the Indian River Lagoon on the south side of Minuteman Causeway. With the exception of a short nature trail along Fourth Street South, all access to the islands is by boat. The primary access point is from Ramp Road boat ramp in Cocoa Beach. A short nature trail exists on the northern most island (North Crawford Island), and a marked paddling trail is in development. The islands have many channels that provide great paddling opportunities.


  • Kayak/Canoe Launch
  • Trails
  • Unpaved Hiking/Walking Trails
  • Water Access
  • Wildlife Observation Areas

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