Things to Do
There is bank fishing available in the ponds at the Public Use Area.
Bass, crappie and sunfish are the most commonly caught species. Hook and line fishing is also allowed in the various lakes and streams within the refuge boundaries, however a boat is needed to reach these sites. A valid state of Florida freshwater fishing license is required.
Wildlife Observation & Photography
The refuge observation tower provides a beautiful and vast view over the impoundments, marshes and islands. Large parts of the refuge can only be reached by water and a slow canoe ride can be the most enjoyable way of observing many plants and animals.
Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge contains more than 21,500 acres of marsh, swamp and uplands bordering the St Johns River. The habitat and geographical location are ideal for many birds in central Florida. Much of the refuge is accessible only by boat; most birders use the man-made dikes that form the pools. The pools attract marsh birds and waterfowl throughout the year, especially in the winter months. Other trails, roads and firebreaks, also open year-round, can be equally rewarding.
***No Pets*** ***No Camping***