V145. Lake Washington Park
SiteID: E145 (E107 old)
Nearest City: Eau Gallie
Phone Number: 321-255-4400
Website: V145. Lake Washington Park
Features/Amenities: Restrooms, Birding by foot/hiking, Best time of day: Morning, Recommended length of visit: a few hours br>
Habitats: Freshwater Marsh/Wetlands, Lake/Pond/Impoundment, Hardwoods/Mixed Forest
Lake Washington is the largest lake in Brevard County, and it is one of the first in a series of lakes that give rise to the St. Johns River. Wading birds, shorebirds, Purple Gallinules and Limpkins can be found on this community park’s waterfront. In addition, Bald Eagles and Snail Kites occasionally are seen from this vantage. Sparrows inhabit the fallow edges of the park, and Bobolinks and warblers pass through in spring and fall migration. In winter, both Marsh and Sedge Wrens occur at this site, providing a good opportunity to compare these two skulkers. Other interesting winter finds include Nashville Warblers, Painted Buntings and Hermit Thrushes. This park has a boat ramp and an airboat launch, and can have heavy traffic on weekends. During off-peak times, consider boating down to the southern end of the lake, which may provide a better chance of finding Snail Kites.
Directions: From US 1 north of Melbourne, take Lake Washington Rd. west for 5.8 mi. to the park at the end.
Open all year, 7 AM to dark. Boat ramp open 24 hours/day.
Location: 28.147617, -80.733118