Lake Jesup Conservation Area

About this property

This conservation area is composed of three separate tracts, purchased to protect water resources around Lake Jesup in Seminole County. Initially, the North Lake Jesup Tract and the Marl Bed Flats Tract were purchased to meet legislative requirements established for mitigation of the Seminole County portion of the Eastern Beltway. Now, along with the East Lake Jesup Tract, these lands contribute to the enhancement and protection of water resources, increased flood protection and increase the protection of ecological functions and habitats around Lake Jesup. The Marl Bed Flats Tract was jointly acquired with Seminole County, and the county’s Wilderness Park with boat ramp is located on the southwest corner of this tract. Lake Jesup is mostly composed of floodplain wetlands and wooded hammocks.

This property protects thousands of acres of shallow marsh habitat that are a haven for migratory birds. Birders flock here, particularly in May at the Marl Bed Flats tract, to view large flocks of shorebirds that stop over every year on their spring migration. It’s also a good place to see large flocks of American White Pelicans, wintering ducks and sparrows. The East Lake Jesup tract offers a short shady hike to an observation tower overlooking the marsh at the edge of the lake.

Wildlife viewing

Please respect Florida’s wildlife and use caution while visiting district lands. These are wild animals. For your safety, do not approach or feed any wild animal. There are many eagles, ospreys, hawks and alligators around the shores of Lake Jesup, as well as numerous egrets, ibis and great blue herons. The restoration of natural systems will improve the habitat and feeding areas for a wide variety of waterfowl.

Recreational activities
  1. Hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing.
  2. Boating and canoeing opportunities are available on Lake Jesup and the St. Johns River.

Three separate parking areas/entrances. Water access can be made via Cameron Wright or Lake Jesup parks, owned by Seminole County. For details and to get driving directions from your location, see the Google Maps link on this page.