Upper St. Johns River Watershed

Watershed Stats

Size of Basin: 1,888 square miles

Major Cities and Towns: Titusville, Cocoa, Rockledge, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and Fellsmere

Counties: Most of the watershed lies in Osceola and Brevard Counties, and smaller areas lie within Okeechobee, Indian River, Orange, and Seminole Counties.

Major Water Features: Rivers: Upper St. Johns and St. Sebastian

Streams: Turkey Creek, Fort Drum, Taylor, Jane Green, Cox, Wolf, and Blue Cypress

Lakes: Puzzle, Poinsett, Winder, Washington, Sawgrass, Blue Cypress, and Hell n’ Blazes


Twenty miles west of Vero Beach, dark water flows north slowly through the 20,000-acre Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area to begin the flow of the mighty St. Johns River some 300 miles from it’s ultimate rendezvous with the Atlantic Ocean. © SJRWMD

The Upper St. Johns River Basin extends from the headwaters of the St. Johns River in Indian River and Okeechobee Counties to the confluence of the St. Johns and Econlockhatchee Rivers in Seminole County. It originally contained over 400,000 acres of floodplain marsh.

via Upper St. Johns River Watershed – Blue Cypress Lake, Lake Hell n’ Blazes, Palm Bay, Fellsmere, Fort Drum – Florida’s Water: Ours to Protect.

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