St Catherine Creek Refuge provides opportunities for visitors to experience nature from a boat as well. Gilliard Lake, Butler Lake, and The Swamp are all great places to take out a boat. The Refuge does not provide boats for vistor use, so be sure to bring your own if you wish to explore the aquatic portions of our land!
Gilliard Lake is an ideal place to take out a canoe or kayak, as the cypress trees provide a picturesque backdrop and are home to many birds. Keep your eyes open and you will likely see an alligator or two basking in the sun on partially submerged logs. Fishing boats are welcome in Gilliard Lake as well and there is a boat ramp available for visitor use. Gilliard Lake is located on the Sibley Unit of the refuge.
Butler Lake is more open than Gilliard Lake and can experience some wind which may make it a more difficult for those wishing to canoe. It is also a very popular fishing ground and has a boat ramp available for visitor use. Butler Lake is located north of headquarters on the Butler Lake Unit.
The Swamp, a favorite spot for fishermen to fish from the banks, is only available to canoes and kayaks. No motorized boats are allowed in the Swamp, and there is no boat ramp. The sunsets from the Swamp are some of the best on the Refuge. The Swamp is located on the Sibley Unit.
Salt Lake and Old St. Catherine Creek
Salt Lake is also available to boats and provides a boat ramp for visitor use. Old St. Catherine Creek has two boat ramps along Lake Lucille Road. All three ramps are located on the Butler Lake Unit.
River Road Unit
There is one boat ramp available on the River Road Unit.