In 1964 the Wildlife Refuge was established. This Diamond in the rough refuge borders the St. Johns River and is comprised of 19,000 acres of freshwater marsh, swamp, and uplands.
Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge has miles of hiking trails and dikes that surround the impoundments. There are two nature trails that travel through pine and hardwood forests.
We found that October through February is the best months to visit the refuge. You may have the opportunity to see the 21 species of waterfowl that come here over winter, including fulvous whistling ducks, ring-necked ducks, and hooded mergansers. Interestingly enough, Bald eagles nest in the refuge from November through April.
Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to go and explore. If you are visiting it is free. However, if you are going to partake in the hunt, you must pay all hunting fees. The Refuge is only about 15 minutes North on Woodland Blvd.
After your tiring but exciting day make your way back to the Comfort Inn to enjoy some time indoors.