Headwaters Lake boat ramp construction begins

Large excavator truck

Project to enhance public use of the 10,000-acre lake in Fellsmere

PALATKA, Fla., Jan. 7, 2020 — Construction has begun on the highly anticipated boat ramp and recreation facility at Headwaters Lake, located at the north end of the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Fellsmere Water Management Area (FWMA) in Indian River County.

“The Fellsmere Water Management Area is a successful, multi-faceted project that works to serve water supply and flood control purposes while enhancing public recreation opportunities,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Thanks to our partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Headwaters Lake Boat Ramp will be the capstone of what is sure to become a world-class fishing attraction.”

The project includes construction of an improved parking area, restrooms and a floating dock along with the boat ramp. FWC contributed a 50 percent funding match ($842,000) through the Florida Boating Improvement Program. Contractors estimate the work will take 140 days.

The Fellsmere Water Management Area and its multi-function reservoirs serve water supply and flood control purposes and help improve the water quality of agricultural and surface water drainage. Additionally, the area offers opportunities for public recreation. Even before construction on the boat ramp began, kayakers were taking advantage of the north reservoir, and because of FWC’s habitat improvement work, the FWMA is quickly becoming an attractive destination for anglers.

The 10,000-acre Fellsmere Water Management Area is expected to grow in popularity as a fishing destination once the boat ramp is completed.