Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area
The Jupiter Inlet provides a natural outlet for the Loxahatchee River and the Indian River portion of the Intracoastal Waterway to the Atlantic Ocean. Although this tropical estuarine system has been dramatically modified since the turn of the Twentieth Century, it supports healthy mangrove covered shorelines, lagoons, and seagrass beds. Jupiter Inlet is known as the premier snook fishery of South Florida and its brackish waters support numerous other fish species like tarpon, snappers, redfish, sheepshead, jacks, bluefish, grouper, sea trout, and many others. The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area (ONA) encompasses 120 acres of open space within the highly urbanized South Florida coast and affords public access to roughly 2 miles of shoreline.
Since its inaugural 2015 event, the BLM has hosted its annual Jupiter Inlet Veterans Family Fishing Classic, a community-fishing event in partnership with FishingCommunity.Org, to bring wounded veterans and their families to enjoy fishing instruction free of charge, and provide educational and interpretive activities to foster a deeper appreciation of America’s public lands. The Jupiter Classic provides an opportunity for underrepresented communities, such as veterans and those who are transitioning out of the military, to socialize with their community and uses fishing as a tool to encourage health and reduce stress.