|From the Martin County Archives, it has been estimated that the Inlet Barge was deployed sometime between 1980 and 1986 in the Donaldson Permitted Area. The reason it is called the Inlet Barge is not known, as there are other barges that are closer to the St. Lucie Inlet. It sits upright in about 58 feet of water.
The F.O.S. Dive Team has very little data on the Inlet Barge prior to the Monitoring event of 2004. It is not a very attractive site for divers as it rests in a high silt area. The current data shows this barge to be in very poor condition with extensive collapse and it is partially buried. What is left of the barge is heavily encrusted and has a decent fish population including 2 resident Goliath Grouper.
In 2005, the Inlet Barge reef site was augmented with the addition of four Reefmaker units that now surround the site and add to the available growth structure.