Z180. Bear Point Sanctuary
SiteID: E180 (E134 old)
County: St. Lucie
Nearest City: Fort Pierce
Phone Number: 772-462-1692
Website: Z180. Bear Point Sanctuary
Features/Amenities: Birding by foot/hiking, Birding by bicycle, Best time of day: Both morning and evening, Recommended length of visit: quick stop br>
Habitats: Mangrove Swamp, Lake/Pond/Impoundment
Managed by the St. Lucie County Mosquito Control District, this wetlands park/mitigation bank on South Hutchinson Island features a series of mangrove-lined impoundments along the Indian River Lagoon. Hike or bike the unpaved dike trail west to an observation platform on the impoundments and two great viewing spots along Bear Point Cove: an elevated viewing tower and a 500-foot fishing pier. Numerous wading birds like Wood Storks, Great Egrets and Roseate Spoonbills are common in the canals and lagoon, and Reddish Egrets and Green Herons occur here as well. Black- and Yellow-crowned Night Herons skulk in the mangroves. This spot can have good migratory songbird fallouts during spring migration, as they return and make landfall on the coast. Launch a canoe or kayak to journey into the lagoon, where you might encounter manatees and sea turtles. Bear Point Sanctuary is worth a visit if you’re in the area--you never know what you might find until you stop and look! Guided walks, boat tours and interpretive programs are offered; call for details. Bring water plus protection against the sun and biting insects.
Directions: From the intersection of CR 68/Orange Ave. and US 1/SR 5 in Fort Pierce, go northeast on US 1/SR 5 for 0.6 mi. to SR A1A/Seaway Dr. Turn right (east) on Seaway Dr., and travel across the Indian River for 2.5 mi. to SR A1A/S. Ocean Dr. The site is 2.9 mi. south on S. Ocean Dr., on the right (west) side of the road.
Open all year, 24 hours/day.
Location: 27.429794, -80.281424