Lake Monroe Conservation Area: Kratzert Tract

Reed Ellis Rd., Osteen, 32764
(386) 329-4404
Daily, sunrise to sunset


Although this property is largely composed of freshwater wetlands, a mile long multi-use trail on slightly higher topography provides a different experience than the surrounding marshes. The best birding here is in spring and fall. Start by picking up a map at the entrance kiosk and hike the loop trail through hardwood/sabal palm hammock and longleaf pine restoration plots. Swallow-tailed Kites and Blue Grosbeaks have nested here in the past. Migratory songbirds include Gray-cheeked Thrushes, Ovenbirds and Louisiana Waterthrushes. Expect resident woodpeckers such as Downy and Pileated, and in summer nesting Northern Parula and White-eyed Vireo. Sandhill Cranes are possible. Primitive camping is permissible via a separate foot trail located off SR 415. Mosquitoes can be bad so come prepared. Seasonal hunting may take place when the lake drops below the average water level; call ahead for more information.

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