U139. Joe Overstreet Landing
SiteID: E139 (E102 old)
Nearest City: St. Cloud/Kenansville
Website: U139. Joe Overstreet Landing
Features/Amenities: Good for beginners, Birding by car, Birding by boat, Birding by foot/hiking, Birding by bicycle, Best time of day: Both morning and evening, Recommended length of visit: a few hours br>
Habitats: Freshwater Marsh/Wetlands, Field/Pasture, Pines, Lake/Pond/Impoundment, Hardwoods/Mixed Forest
If you’re looking for a fun, car-birding/minimal walking experience, this is it. Joe Overstreet Rd. can be as rewarding as the landing itself. As you drive down the 5.4-mile road, look carefully in the pastures on either side for Whooping Cranes. These cranes are part of a former reintroduction project led by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to establish a nonmigratory flock. As this flock is small, and the migratory Whooping Crane flocks currently being established through the international Operation Migration project are not readily accessible to the public, this is an ideal location to try for “whoopers” in Florida. Also, watch the pastures for Sandhill Cranes and Wild Turkeys, and the fence posts for Eastern Meadowlarks, Bald Eagles and Crested Caracaras. At the end of the road, check the boat ramp area and marsh for Limpkins and other wading birds. Bring along a spotting scope to search for Snail Kites, which cruise over Lake Kissimmee in search of apple snails. Scan the lake for ducks and other waterbirds as well. Joe Overstreet Rd. is fairly rural, so you can feel comfortable pulling over for a better look. Please respect private property, however, and stay on the road, the right-of-way, and the public boat ramp area at the end of the road.
Directions: From US 192/US 441/Bronson Memorial Hwy. in St. Cloud, head south on CR 523/Canoe Creek Rd. After 19.7 mi., turn right (southwest) on Joe Overstreet Rd. Follow this road for 5.4 mi. to the small park and boat ramp at the end.
Open all year, sunrise to sunset.
Location: 27.936999, -81.225397