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Artificial reef locations

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The artificial reef program began in late 1970 when local recreational and commercial fishermen approached Volusia County with a request for the county to obtain permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct artificial reefs.

Since that time, the Ponce de Leon Inlet and Port District has increased its effort and involvement. To date, more than 60 artificial reefs have been constructed with the remains of ships, barges, concrete culverts, airplanes, Intracoastal Waterway bridges, FDOT concrete roadway construction barriers, concrete telephone poles and other large pieces of concrete rubble.

The Ponce de Leon Inlet and Port District values the economic, recreational, ecological and quality-of-life benefits of artificial reefs and has established a capital improvement plan to continue building marine habitat in the Atlantic Ocean off Volusia County.


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How to find deposits

The locations for artificial reefs constructed by the Inlet and Port District are listed below:

For greatest accuracy, use a GPS unit to navigate to the coordinates listed for the site. When you are near the coordinates you selected, use a bottom recorder to find the deposit. Once you see the deposit on the recorder, drop a temporary buoy and note the Lat/Long in your personal log to use for your next visit. Bear in mind that some searching may be necessary to locate the reef.  

SITE 1

1990 - Site 1 Center Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°07.18N', 80°41.80'W

1994 - Site 1 Barge Argoil
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°07.07 'N, 80°41.58'W

1996 - Site 1 Reef Balls
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°07.03'N, 80°41.85'W

2010 - Site 1 South Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°06.996'N, 80°41.681'W

2011 - Site 1 NW Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°07.365'N, 80°41.954'W

2011 - Site 1 NE Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°07.385'N, 80°41.432'W

2012 - Site 1 SW Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°06.860'N, 80°42.011'W

2013 - Site 1 SE Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°06.874'N, 80°41.704'W

2013 - Site 1 W Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°07.152'N, 80°42.026'W

2013 - Site 1 S Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°06.862'N, 80°41.698'W

SITE 2

1993/1997 - Site 2 Center Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°09.36'N, 80°40.59'W

1993 - Site 2 East Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°09.31'N, 80°40.35'W

1994 - Site 2 Ship Semarca
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°09.16'N, 80°40.64'W

2012 - Site 2 Middle North Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°09.593'N, 80°40.640'W

2013 - Site 2 West Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°09.394'N, 80°40.961'W

2013 - Site 2 SW Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°09.095'N, 80°40.972'W

2013 - Site 2 NNE Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°09.697'N, 80°40.410'W

2013 - Site 2 NE Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°09.563'N, 80°40.409'W

2013 - Site 2 SSE Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°09.090'N, 80°40.382'W

SITE 3

1980 - Site 3 Ship USS Mindanao
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°11.93N, 80°44.86'W

1992 - Site 3 Concrete Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°11.62N, 80°44.77'W

1995 - Site 3 Ship Rio Yuna
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°11.7 'N, 80°44.8W

1995 - Site 3 Tug Alexandra McAllister
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°11.63'N, 80°44.81'W

1995 - Site 3 Tug Thomas H
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°11 .74'N, 80°44.92'W

1995 - Site 3 Barge Atlas
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°11.39'N, 80°45.04'W

2012 - Site 3 SE Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°11.432'N, 80°44.320'W

2012 - Site 3 NW Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°11.975'N, 80°45.077'W

2013 - Site 3 Eastern Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°11.670'N, 80°44.462'W

2013 - Site 3 NE Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°11.974'N, 80°44.506'W

SITE 4

1989 - Site 4 Center Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°19.26'N, 80°44.66'W

1992 - Site 4 SE culverts/small barge
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°19.17'N, 80°44.54'W

1994 - Site 4 Ship Maxine D
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°19.40'N, 80°44.84'W

2004 - Site 4 Ship Antilles Star
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°19.198'N, 80°44.770'W

2011 - Site 4 NNE Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°19.500N, 80°44.476'W

2011 - Site 4 NNW Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°19.568'N, 80°44.976'W

2011 - Site 4 SW Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°19.019'N, 80°44.959'W

2012 - Site 4 S Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°19.023'N, 80°44.658'W

2013 - Site 4 E Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°19.286'N, 80°44.354'W

2013 - Site 4 W Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°19.268'N, 80°44.990'W

SITE 5

1990 - Site 5 Concrete/steel From the Old Port Orange Bridge
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°07.18N, 80°48.32'W

1997 - Site 5 NSB Bridge Concrete
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°07.14'N, 80°48.35'W

2002 - Site 5 Port Orange Bridge Fenders
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°07.27N, 80°48.36'W
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°07.251N, 80°48.253'W
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°07.198N, 80°48.223'W

2011- Site 5 NW Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°07.489'N, 80°48.657'W

2011- Site 5 NE Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°07.443'N, 80°48.102'W

2011 - Site 5 SE Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°06.919'N, 80°48.029'W

2011 - Site 5 SW Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°06.894'N, 80°48.634'W

2012 - Site 5 W Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°07.188'N, 80°48.635'W

2012 - Site 5 East Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°07.168'N, 80°48.030'W

2013 - Site 5 North Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°07.475'N, 80°48.308'W

2013 - Site 5 South Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°06.884'N, 80°48.311'W

SITE 6

1990/1995 - Site 6 Center Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°03.04'N, 80°43.36'W

1994 - Site 6 NE Culverts and Poles
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°03.23'N, 80°43.16'W

2010 - Site 6 SSE Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°02.866'N, 80°43.175'W

2011 - Site 6 SW Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°02.765'N, 80°43.435'W

2011 - Site 6 East Barge
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°03.067'N, 80°42.892'W

2012 - Site 6 SSE Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°02.791'N, 80°42.919'W

2012 - Site 6 NE Material
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°03.352'N, 80°42.916'W

2013 - Site 6 N Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°03.376'N, 80°43.184'W

2013 - Site 6 NNW Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°03.342'N, 80°43.443'W

2013 - Site 6 South Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°02.749'N, 80°43.176'W

SITE 7

1991 - Site 7 Center Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°01.18'N, 80°41.41'W

1992 - Site 7 Water Barge
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°01.22'N, 80°41.03'W

2010 - Site 7 SE Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°01.034'N, 80°41.033'W

2011- Site 7 North Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°01.461'N, 80°41.040'W

2011- Site 7 East Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°01.218'N, 80°40.720'W

2012 - Site 7 SW Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°00.952'N, 80°41.285'W

2012 - Site 7 SE Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°00.940'N, 80°40.783'W

2013- Site 7 NE Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°01.459'N, 80°40.731'W

d2013- Site 7 NW Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°01.446'N, 80°41.286'W

SITE 8

1989 - Site 8 East Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
28°55.27'N, 80°42.5'W

1996 - Site 8 West Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
28°55.27'N, 80°42.68'W

SITE 9

1996 - Site 9 Ship
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°21.23'N, 80°21.44'W

1996 - Site 9 The USN Intruder Planes
 

SITE 10

1998 - Site 10 Center Piles of Concrete From DOT
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°21.46'N, 80°49.77'W

2003 - Site 10 NE Pile
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°21. 56'N, 80°49.65'W

2003 - Site 10 SE Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°21.35'N, 80°49.67'W

2010 - Site 10 NW Pile
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°21.638'N, 80°49.966'W

2011 - Site 10 South Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°21.199'N, 80°49.753'W

2012- Site 10 West Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°21.430'N, 80°49.978'W

2013- Site 10 SSE Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°21.159'N, 80°49.465'W

2013 - Site 10 North Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°21.740'N, 80°49.745'W

2013- Site 10 NNE Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°21.731'N, 80°49.447'W

2013 - Site 10 NW Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°21.735'N, 80°50.063'W

SITE 11

2001 - Site 11 Concrete Culverts at Center of Site
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°16.427'N, 80°41.906'W

Four Other High Profile Piles of Culverts are located approximately 500 ft. NW, NE, SE, and SW of the center

2011 - Site 11 West Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°16.415'N, 80°42.132'W

2011 - Site 11 East Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°16.420'N, 80°41.704'W

2012 - Site 11 North Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°16.710'N, 80°41.911'W

2012 - Site 11 South Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°16.102'N, 80°41.928'W

2013 - Site 11 NNE Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°16.659'N, 80°41.641'W

2013 - Site 11 SSE Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°16.127'N, 80°41.654'W

2013 - Site 11 SSW Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°16.124'N, 80°42.225'W

SITE 12

1998 - Site 12 Culverts Near the Site Center
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°11.89'N, 80°46.50'W

2000 - Site 12 South Concrete Material
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°11.84'N, 80°46.53'W

2001 - Site 12 Broadway Bridge Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°11.93'N, 80°46.39'W

2010 - Site 12 SW Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°11.690'N, 80°46.685'W

2011 - Site 12 SE Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°11.674'N, 80°46.340'W

2011 - Site 12 East Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°11.881'N, 80°46.095'W

2012 - Site 12 South Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°11.595'N, 80°46.472'W

2012 - Site 12 West Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°11.890'N, 80°46.792'W

2013 - Site 12 NNW Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°12.102'N, 80°46.752'W

SITE 13

1989 - Site 13 Car Transport Trailers/Culverts
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°10.16'N, 80°41.65'W

2002 - Site 13 NE Concrete Poles 
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°10.256'N, 80°41.478'W

2002 - Site 13 South Poles 
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°10.098'N, 80°41.438'W

2010 - Site 13 NE Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°10.362'N, 80°41.264'W

2011 - Site 13 NNW Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°10.404'N, 80°41.595'W

2011 - Site 13 SW Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°09.927'N, 80°41.655'W

2013 - Site 13 Eastern Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°10.128'N, 80°41.167'W

2013 - Site 13 SSE Deposit
Lat/Long: (GPS)
29°09.961'N, 80°41.026'W

 

Please note

GPS Lat/Long for the deposit locations listed above are also available on the Volusia Reef Research Team website: www.volusiareefs.org

The Ponce de Leon Inlet and Port District thanks the following organizations for their contributions to the artificial reef program:

  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • CSR Hydro-Conduit Corporation
  • Florida Bureau of Marine Fisheries Management
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • Halifax Sport Fishing Club
  • U.S. Coast Guard, New Smyrna Beach
  • Volusia County Reef Research Dive Team - Joe Knott, President

Coastal Division Director
Jessica Winterwerp
JWinterwerp@volusia.org

Questions and comments
RecProCoastal@volusia.org

Daytona Beach
386-248-8072 

DeLand
386-736-2700, ext. 18072

New Smyrna Beach
386-423-3300, ext. 18072