Guana River Wildlife Management Area and State Park

Birding Hot Spot and Great Florida Birding Trail site

Description:
This area consists of 12,000 acres of minimally developed coastal barrier beach and sea island bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Tolomato River on the west. The ten-mile long Guana Lake is a managed, brackish impoundment that is popular among waterfowl hunters. There is an observation tower and dam from which to observe wildlife.

Watchable wildlife:
Fall and spring migrations bring dozens of species of birds, including hawks and falcons, sea ducks, northern gannets, and common loons. In April and October, particularly with a west wind, this area is reputed to be the best place to see peregrine falcons. In January and February, look for white pelicans at Guana lake, in addition to the 3,000 to 4,000 ducks, American coots, common moorhens, purple gallinules, and pied-billed grebes that use the impoundment throughout the winter. Ospreys and eagles fish the lake as well. At Big Savannah and the five other managed interior ponds, look for a variety of wading birds, including wood storks, roseate spoonbills, and white and glossy ibis.

Ownership:
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Department of Environmental Protection

Contact:
(352) 732-1225

Directions:
North of St. Augustine on Florida Highway A1A, 10.5 miles.

Related Sites:
Other North East Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks



FWC Facts:
According to the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife-Associated Recreation, 66.1 million people engage in wildlife observation, spending about $38.5 billion per year.

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