Brevard County, Florida.
Indian River ends in Palm Bay, Florida.
116.32 miles long (187.20 kilometers)
About The Indian River
The Indian River in Florida is a 121-mile brackish river and lagoon that is part of the Indian River Lagoon system, forming part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway along the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. The river carries on down south from the Ponce De Leon inlet in New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County and beyond the Haulover Canal and along Merritt Island’s west shore, continuing south to the St. Lucie Inlet where its mouth is located. Indian River County in the Treasure Coast region was named after the river. The island’s south side is where waters from the Banana River flow into the lagoon.
The Indian River used to be called Rio de Ais, named after the Ais Indian tribe who resided along the east coast of the state. Bridges at the river tend to impede the flow of gracilaria, a form of red algae, at certain times of the year, resulting in an odor of hydrogen sulfide in its area. Palm Bay is an estuary of the river and its tributaries include the man-made Merritt Island Barge Canal and C-54 Canal as well as Crane Creek, the Eau Gallie River, St. Sebastian River, St. Lucie River, Sykes Creek, Turkey Creek, Horse Creek, and Mullet Creek.