Hot Spot and Great Florida Birding Trail site
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.
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.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Department of
North of St. Augustine on Florida Highway A1A, 10.5 miles.
Other North East
Florida Wildlife Sites