This list provides descriptive, historical, and Global Positioning System (GPS) location information for the Volusia County reef system. If you plan on going to any of these sites, be sure to read the Additional Notes section below.

Site 1 was permitted by the Corps of Engineers in 1979. It is 10.8 nm from the inlet. The first culverts were placed on the center of the site in 1990. The old culverts and the barge Argoil are popular fishing locations. These are excellent locations for divers to see invertebrates that not usually found in the Keys and south Florida.

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1990 - Site 1 Center Culverts (V01-90C3/V01-90C4)
DD MM.MMM: 29°07.18', -080°41.80'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.119667°, -080.696667°
Scattered concrete culverts placed back in the 1990. When the pile was originally placed there was some stacking and culverts that landed vertically to achieved a relief of 10' to 15'. Now after many years of being moved around by storms there is little or no stacked material with a maximum relief of 8'.

1994 - Site 1 Argoil Barge (V01-94ESE1)
DD MM.MMM: 29°07.07', -080°41.58'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.117833°, -080.693000°
The 195 ft. steel barge Argoil is east of the center culverts. It is intact and upright.

1996 - Site 1 Reef Balls (V01-96S1/V01-96S2)
DD MM.MMM: 29°07.03', -080°41.85'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.117167°, -080.697500°
Two dozen scattered reef balls in an area.

2010 - Site 1 South Culverts (V01-10SE3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°06.996', -080°41.681'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.116600°, -080.694683°
In July 2010, 500 tons of clean concrete culverts were placed on the south part of site. The pile is approx 17 ft. high. The depth is 74 ft.

2011 - Site 1 NW Culverts (V01-11NW3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°07.365', -080°41.954'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.122750°, -080.699233°
In June 2011, a barge load of clean concrete culverts was placed in the northwest part of the site. The depth is approx 75 ft.

2011 - Site 1 NE Culverts (V01-11NE3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°07.385', -080°41.432'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.123083°, -080.690533°
On July 23, 2011, a barge load of clean concrete culverts was placed in the northeast part of the site. The deposit is approx 14 ft. high and 80 ft. long. The depth is approx 75 ft.

2012 - Site 1 SW Deposit (V01-12SW3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°06.860', -080°42.011'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.114333°, -080.700183°
On July 27, 2012, a barge load of clean concrete culverts and seawall material from Rose Bay was placed in the southwest part of the site. The deposit was made from both sides of the barge. The height of the deposit is approx 8 ft. and the length is 80 ft. The depth is approx 75 ft.

2013 - Site 1 W Deposit (V01-13W3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°07.152', -080°42.026'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.119200°, -080.700433°
On June 28, 2013, a barge load of approximately 147 clean concrete pipes and other materials was placed in the west part of the site. The height of the deposit is approx 13 ft. and the depth is approx 75 ft.

2013 - Site 1 SE Deposit (V01-13SE3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°06.874', -080°41.407'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.114567°, -080.690117°
On June 24, 2013, a barge load of approximately 207 clean concrete pipes and structures was placed in the south part of the site. The height of the deposit is approx 8 ft. and the depth is approx 75 ft.

2013 - Site 1 SSE Deposit (V01-13SSE3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°06.862', -080°41.698'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.114367°, -080.694967°
On August 6, 2013, a barge load of clean concrete structures was placed in the south part of the site. The height of the deposit is approx 12 ft. The depth is approx 70 ft.

2014 - Site 1 N Deposit (V01-14N3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°07.396', -080°41.716'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.123267°, -080.695267°
On September 14, 2014, a barge load of 350 tons of clean concrete culverts was placed in the north part of the site. The height of the deposit is approx 8 ft. The depth is approx 63 ft.

 

Site 2 is a very popular bottom fishing and trolling location. It's near Cracker Ridge, a few miles west of the Party Grounds natural reef. The northwest corner of the site connects with site 13. This area had numerous scattered concrete reefs that were deployed in the early 1980s. Many of these smaller deployments are sanded over. In 1994, a 76' steel ship called the Semarca was reefed. By 2014, many additional concrete piles were added for a total of 9 marked piles. It's our goal to investigate the northwest area of this site to get the deployments from the early '80s added to the map.

Site 2 is approximately 12.5 nm from the Bell Buoy at a bearing of 067°. The site is approximately 12.5 nm offshore at a depth of about 75'.

 

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1993/1997 - Site 2 Center Culverts (V02-93C3/V02-97C3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°09.36', -080°40.59'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.156000°, -080.676500°
Several barge loads of culverts were placed near the center of Site 2 in 1993 and 1997. In the early '80s, a few culverts were scattered to the north and northwest of the Center Culverts site; you might be able to find these old scattered culverts using your depth gauge or sonar.

1993 - Site 2 East Culverts (V02-93E3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°09.31', -080°40.35'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.155167°, -080.672500°
The East Culverts are a small pile of culverts a few hundred yards east of the Center Culverts.

1994 - Site 2 Ship Semarca (V02-94S1)
DD MM.MMM: 29°09.16', -080°40.64'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.152667°, -080.677333°
The 76 ft. steel ship Semarca is on the south end of the site.

2012 - Site 2 Middle North Culverts (V02-12N3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°09.593', -080°40.640'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.159883°, -080.677333°
On August 17, 2012, a barge load of clean concrete culverts and a metal tank were placed in the middle part of the site, to the north. The deposit was made from both sides of the barge. The height of the deposit is approximately 10 ft. and the length is 80 ft. The depth is approximately 75 ft.

2013 - Site 2 West Deposit (V02-13W3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°09.394', -080°40.961'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.156567°, -080.682683°
On May 24, 2103, a barge load of clean concrete culverts was placed in the west part of the site. The deposit was made from both sides of the barge. The height of the deposit is approx. 9 ft. The depth is approx 75 ft.

2013 - Site 2 SW Deposit (V02-13SW3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°09.095', -080°40.972'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.151583°, -080.682867°
On June 4, 2013, a barge load of clean concrete culverts was placed in the southwest part of the site. The deposit was made from both sides of the barge. The height of the deposit is approx. 6 ft. The depth is approx. 75 ft.

2013 - Site 2 NNE Deposit (V02-13NNE6)
DD MM.MMM: 29°09.697', -080°40.410'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.161617°, -080.673500°
On July 1, 2013, a barge load of 1100 concrete railroad ties was placed in the north-northeast part of the site. The height of the pile is approx. 11 ft. The depth is approx. 75 ft.

2013 - Site 2 NE Deposit (V02-13NE3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°09.563', -080°40.409'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.159383°, -080.673483°
On July 8, a barge load of clean concrete culverts was placed in the northeast part of the 2013 site. The height of the pile is approx. 11 ft. The depth is approx 75 ft.

2013 - Site 2 SSE Deposit (V02-13SE3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°09.090', -080°40.382'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.151500°, -080.673033°
On August 8, 2013, a barge load of clean concrete culverts was placed in the south-southeast part of the site. The height of the pile is approx. 11 ft. The depth is approx. 75 ft.

2014 - Site 2 NW Deposit (V02-14NW3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°09.622', -080°40.959'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.160367°, -080.682650°
On August 30, 2014, a barge load of clean concrete culverts and concrete structures were placed in the Northwest part of the site. The height of the pile is approx. 14 ft. The depth is approx. 76 ft.

 

Site 3 is best known for its shipwrecks, with five vessels of various sizes on which to dive and fish. Site 3 is approximately 10.5 nm from the Bell Buoy at a bearing of 048°. The site is approximately 10 nm offshore at a depth of between 75-85'. V03-12NW3 V03-13NE3 V03-80N1 V03-95NW1 V03-95N1 V03-14W3 V03-95W1 V03-92C3 V03-13E3 V03-95SW1 V03-14SSE3 V03-12SE3

1980 - Site 3 Ship USS Mindanao (V03-80N1)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.93', -080°44.86'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.198833°, -080.747667°
The USS Mindanao (ARG-3) is the oldest artificial reef in the Volusia County artificial reef system. The ship rests in 85 feet of water, 11 miles northeast of Ponce Inlet. She is a 446 ft. World War II Liberty ship. Her main deck is at 60 ft. and the ship lies in a general north-south direction. The superstructure was removed before sinking. The shipwreck suffered damage during the 1995 winter storms and the bow is now to the north, separated from the rest of the hull. Schools of bait fish, tomtate grunts, mangrove snapper, and a few small boat anchors are often seen in her open holds. Small clumps of ivory bush coral and encrusting sponges and tunicates are growing on the steel hull.

1992 - Site 3 Concrete Culverts (V03-92C3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.62', -080°44.77'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.193667°, -080.746167°
In 1992, a small pile of culverts was placed just south of the hull of the Mindanao.

1995 - Site 3 Ship Rio Yuna (V03-95N1)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.7', -080°44.8'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.195000°, -080.746666°
The former Caribbean trader Rio Yuna has been broken up by storms and by the nets of trawlers. Schools of mangrove snapper, angelfish, amberjack, barracuda, goliath grouper, and spadefish are usually on the ships and the barge. Cobia, tarpon, and manta rays also visit the ships.

1995 - Site 3 Tug Alexandra McAllister (V03-95W1)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.63', -080°44.81'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.193833°, -080.746833°
1995 - Site 3 Tug Thomas H (V03-95NW1)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.74', -080°44.92'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.195667°, -080.748667°
The two sturdy tugs are upright and intact.

1995 - Site 3 Barge Atlas (V03-95SW1)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.39', -080°45.04'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.189833°, -080.750667°
The wooden main deck of the barge is gone.

2012 - Site 3 SE Deposit (V03-12SE3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.432', -080°44.320'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.190533°, -080.738667°
On July 30, 2012, a barge load of clean concrete culverts and seawall material from Rose Bay was placed in the southeast part of the site. The deposit was made from both sides of the barge. The height of the deposit is approx. 10 ft. and the length is 80 ft. The depth is approx. 85 ft.

2012 - Site 3 NW Deposit (V03-12NW3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.975', -080°45.077'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.199583°, -080.751283°
On August 1, 2012, a barge load of clean concrete culverts and seawall material from Rose Bay was placed in the northwest part of the site. The deposit was made from both sides of the barge. The height of the deposit is approx. 10 ft. and the length is 80 ft. The depth is approx. 85 ft.

2013 - Site 3 Eastern Deposit (V03-13E3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.670', -080°44.462'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.194500°, -080.741033°
On June 18, 2013, a barge load of clean concrete culverts was placed in the eastern part of the site. The deposit was made from one side of the barge. The height of pile is approx 11 ft. The depth is approx 75 ft.

2013 - Site 3 NE Deposit (V03-13NE3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.974', -080°44.506'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.199567°, -080.741767°
On June 20, 2013, a barge load of clean concrete culverts was placed in the northeast part of the site. The height of the pile is approx. 12 ft. The depth is approx. 75 ft.

2014 - Site 3 W Deposit (V03-14W3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.653', -080°45.070'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.194217°, -080.751167°
On September 19, 2014, a barge load of 350 tons of clean concrete culverts and utility poles were placed in the western part of the site. The height of pile is approx. 10 ft. The depth is approx. 80 ft.

2014 - Site 3 SSE Deposit (V03-14SSE3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°11.398', -080°44.552'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.189967°, -080.742533°
On October 1, 2014, a barge load of clean concrete culverts, structures,utility poles, and wheel stopes were placed in the SSE part of the site. The height of pile is approx. 10 ft. The depth is approx. 80 ft.

 

Site 4 is another excellent site with shipwrecks and culverts. Site 4 is approximately 16.7 nm from the Bell Buoy at a bearing of 028°. The site is approximately 14 nm offshore at a depth of between 70-80'.

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1989 - Site 4 Center Culverts (V04-89C3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°19.26', -080°44.66'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.321000°, -080.744333°
Site 4 is one of the first four sites permitted by the Corps of Engineers in 1979. It is 17 nm northeast of the inlet and known as "Rainbow Reef" by older fishermen. In August 2012, the Volusia County Council passed a resolution naming Site 4 "John Lane Reef" in honor of John's more than 30 years of work in the development of the artificial reefs of Volusia County. The first culverts were deposited near the center of the site in 1989.

1992 - Site 4 SE culverts/small barge (V04-92SE31)
DD MM.MMM: 29°19.17', -080°44.54'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.319500°, -080.742333°
Additional deposits to the site were made in 1992 in the southeast part of the site. The depth is approximately 75 ft. Large masses of telesto and other soft corals are growing on the culverts. The soft corals and a variety of fish make Site 4 an excellent underwater photography and fishing site. Site 4 is often one of the first sites to clear after upwelling of cold, dirty water or after major storms.

1994 - Site 4 Ship Maxine D (V04-94NW1)
DD MM.MMM: 29°19.40', -080°44.84'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.323333°, -080.747333°
The Maxine D is a 165 ft. steel ship. She was placed on the site in 1994 and remains upright and intact. She lies in a general north-south direction.

2004 - Site 4 Ship Antilles Star (V04-04WSW1)
DD MM.MMM: 29°19.198', -080°44.770'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.319967°, -080.746167°
The 165 ft. Antilles Star was placed on Site 4 south of the Maxine D on June 29, 2004. On sinking, she was lying on her side; since the hurricanes in 2004, she is now almost upright.

2011 - Site 4 NNE Culverts (V04-11NE3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°19.500, -080°44.476'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.325000°, -080.741267°
On June 10, 2011, a barge load of large clean concrete culverts was placed in the north-northeast area of the site. The height of the deposit is approx. 10 ft.

2011 - Site 4 NNW Culverts (V04-11NNW3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°19.568', -080°44.976'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.326133°, -080.749600°
On June 13, 2011, a barge load of large clean concrete culverts was placed in the north-northwest area of the site. The height of the deposit is approx. 10 ft.

2011 - Site 4 SW Culverts (V04-11SW3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°19.019', -080°44.959'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.316983°, -080.749317°
On July 7, 2011, a barge load of large clean concrete culverts was placed in the southwest area of the site. The height of the deposit is approx. 9 ft.

2012 - Site 4 S Deposit (V04-12S3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°19.023', -080°44.658'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.317050°, -080.744300°
On August 3, 2012, a barge load of clean concrete culverts and seawall material from Rose Bay was placed in the southern part of the site. The deposit was made from both sides of the 80 ft. barge. The height of the deposit is approx 10 ft. and the length is 80 ft. The depth is approx 80 ft.

2013 - Site 4 E Deposit (V04-13E3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°19.286', -080°44.354'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.321433°, -080.739233°
On July 8, 2013, a barge load of clean concrete culverts and seawall material was placed in the eastern part of the site. The height of the deposit is approx. 10 ft. The depth is approx. 80 ft.

2013 - Site 4 W Deposit (V04-13W3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°19.268', -080°44.990'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.321133°, -080.749833°
On July 15, 2013, a barge load of clean concrete culverts was placed in the western part of the site. The height of the deposit is approx. 10 ft. The depth is approx. 80 ft.

2014 - Site 4 N Deposit (V04-14N3)
DD MM.MMM: 29°19.526', -080°44.694'
DD.DDDDDD: 29.325433°, -080.744900°
On September 16, 2014 a barge load of clean concrete culverts was placed in the northern part of the site. The height of the deposit is approx. 9 ft. The depth is approx. 76 ft.

 

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