About the Refuge

Flying whooping cranes

Visitors explore the miles of man-made dikes that form the pools. The pools attract marsh birds and waterfowl throughout the year, especially during the winter months. A sharp-eyed visitor may glimpse a variety of creatures: bald eagles, deer, marsh rabbits, otters and gopher tortoises.



Lake Woodruff NWR was established in 1964 as a migratory bird refuge, part of five million-plus acres purchased by US Fish & Wildlife Service with proceeds from the Federal Duck Stamp Program. It is located in Volusia County, Florida near the community of DeLeon Springs. The famed St Johns River forms the western boundary of the 22,000-acre refuge. The refuge contains myriad habitats: among them are marshes, swamps, creeks, hammocks and uplands.

Fees and Costs

 Visiting the Refuge and Visitor Center is free. If you are participating in the hunts at the Refuge, you will be required to pay all hunting fees.

Refuge Contact Information:

Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge
2045 Mud Lake Road
DeLeon Springs, FL 32130


(386)985-4673 voice
(386)985-0926 fax

Email: lakewoodruff@fws.gov