Leave No Trace on the Spoil Islands and in the IRL

The Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves (IRLAP) have been a proud partner with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics since 2016.  The partnership was inspired by a need to address the human impacts on the spoil islands, with a particular focus on human waste. IRLAP was also named a 2017 & 2018 Leave No Trace Hot Spot.

To learn more about the Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves as a Leave No Trace Hotspot, check out the IRLAP Hot Spot page.

How do you Leave No Trace on the Spoil Islands and in the Lagoon?

You can help protect our beautiful Indian River Lagoon and the spoil islands through the Leave No Trace Seven Principles!

1. Plan Ahead and Prepare

  • Check out the Spoil Island Project website or IRLAP Facebook for the latest information or updates to plan your trip.
  • Prepare for your trip with proper equipment and clothing for the weather, terrain, environmental conditions, and emergencies. Do you have a rain fly for your tent? What about a first aid kit, backup water, cell phone, extra bags for trash?
  • What about human waste? Don’t forget your portable toilets or approved landfill-friendly human waste bags to pack out ALL human waste and pet waste.
  • Be safe. Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.

2. Stick to Trails and Camp on Durable Surfaces

  • Concentrate use on existing trails, campsites, and boat launches.
  • Much of the vegetation in the lagoon (seagrass) and on the islands, is incredibly sensitive. Avoid trampling or damaging while on land or  in the water, whether swimming, wading, or boating.
  • Good campsites are found, not made. Tent trenching and building campsite “furniture” is unnecessary and causes lasting impacts.