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D. J. Wilcox Preserve!
This preserve is named after Dewey J. Wilcox, who served as a St. Lucie County Commissioner for 16 years in the 1930s and 1940s. A one-mile self-guided interpretive trail winds through the 105-acre site along the Indian River Lagoon.
Boardwalk Around Gator Lake
Trails: A one-mile self guided interpretive trail identifies the common species of plants of the site.
Habitat: Pine flatwoods, mangrove swamp, hammock and bay-gall swamp. The Preserve borders the Indian River Lagoon. Several large specimens of Slash Pine are found on the site. Commonly seen wildlife: alligator, pelican, osprey, red-shouldered hawk, ibis, herons, egrets, wood stork and spoonbills.
Why it's called Gator Lake
The site was named after D. J. Wilcox, past owner of the property and County Commissioner. Dewey Wilcox was a foreman for the East Coast Development Company (partly owned by Edwin Binney from Crayola fame) that was to create a new town called Indrio during the land boom of the late 1920's. The depression stopped the town from being built, and Dewey purchased much of the land from the company. D.J. moved his in-laws (the Aubrecht's) to the site in the late 1920's. Remnants of the Aubrecht homestead (circa 1925) remain, and a short trail interprets its history.
Fishing in the Indian River Lagoon
Please excuse the mess! The D.J. Wilcox pond is currently undergoing habitat restoration. Caution should be taken when hiking the trail, as alligators are known to frequent the area around the lake.
Mosquito Road Next to Indian River Lagoon
Location: 300 Michigan St.
Fort Pierce, Florida 34946
Pier On Intracoastal Waterway
Contact Number: 772-462-2526
This is a nice preserve just off the end of Indrio Road. Make a left at the end of the road and it will be the first right. Be careful not to miss Michigan St. because it comes up fast! There is a nice parking area and the boardwalk is just off the north side of the parking lot. There is a second trailhead on the southeast side of the parking lot that leads directly out to the Indian River Lagoon. Bring some bug spray just in case of mosquitos!
Some Text Source: St. Lucie County Florida
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