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George E. LeStrange Preserve!

George E. LeStrange Preserve
George E. LeStrange Preserve

George E. LeStrange Preserve is a 94 acre site that contains a large catch and release lake, canoe & kayak launch and 1 mile of interpretive trail that runs along Ten Mile Creek.

Large Catch and Release Lake
Large Catch and Release Lake, George E. LeStrange Preserve

Electric motors are permitted on the lake. Please note; that small Jon boats must be carried from the parking area to the launching site.

One-mile Interpretive Trail
One-mile Interpretive Trail, George E. LeStrange Preserve

The trail head and parking area is located at the end of Ralls Rd. 1/5 mile north of Selvitz Rd., Fort Pierce. 4911 Ralls Road, Fort Pierce, Florida 34981, Contact Number 772-462-2526.

Small Pond
Small Pond, George E. LeStrange Preserve

Hiking Trails
Canoe Access

Beautiful Hiking Trail
Beautiful Hiking Trail, George E. LeStrange Preserve

Guidelines and Safety Information

  • Be cautious of uneven trail surfaces.
  • Please remain on the trails.
  • Carry adequate drinking water.
  • In case of lightning, seek a low area away from trees, fence lines and tall objects.
  • In case of emergency, call 911.
  • While hiking the trail you may encounter animals indigenous to this area. Please observe from a safe distance.
  • Leave all plant life intact.
  • Please leave site cleaner than you found it. “Pack it in, pack it out.”
  • If heading out on lake, use safety gear.
  • Use at own risk.

More About the Preserve

Ten Mile Creek
Ten Mile Creek, George E. LeStrange Preserve

Trails: This site will connect several miles of proposed trail along Ten Mile Creek and the North Fork of the St. Lucie River.
Habitat: Mostly disturbed. Contains a man-made lake, pine flatwoods and floodplain forest.
Commonly seen wildlife: Osprey and bald eagle.

Picnic Table and Deck
Picnic Table and Deck, George E. LeStrange Preserve

The site is named after Mr. George E. Lestrange (1912-1962), who loved the outdoors, and was an avid fisherman.

Covered Bench Along Trail
Covered Bench Along Trail, George E. LeStrange Preserve

Notes: The lake was an old sand mine. Caution: Due to steep slopes, no wading or swimming is allowed. Only electric motors are permitted on the lake. Catch and Release rules apply to this area. For rules, see kiosk.

Another View of Lake
Another View of Lake, George E. LeStrange Preserve

Text Source: St. Lucie County Florida

My Take on George E. LeStrange Preserve

This preserve is very popular. It has a very nice parking area with picnic tables and is close to town with easy access from many directions.

Trail Along Lake
Trail Along Lake, George E. LeStrange Preserve

Covered Picnic Table by Lake
Covered Picnic Table by Lake, George E. LeStrange Preserve

Parking Area
Parking Area, George E. LeStrange Preserve

You can hike around the lake and also hike over by Ten Mile Creek. Just be careful when you get further west because the trail by the creek keeps going west and you can actually hike all the way over to Gordy Road Recreation Area! I did this once because I had met a couple in the LeStrange Preserve who told me about this trail so I came back another day and hiked it. They warned me to be careful because people sometimes get lost out there. I am an experienced hiker so I wasn't too concerned. Turns out I should have been concerned because I did get lost. I passed the return trail that takes you back to LeStrange Preserve and thankfully I came across some mountain bikers who told me to turn around and where to go to get back. I found the trail and returned to the parking area. I had come across some other hikers as well on the way back so it's good to know that people are around. There was a sign there by the connecting trail that said the trail was closed. I will strongly suggest that if it is still there, not to take that trail unless you are with someone who is very familiar with that area. Good luck, stay on the trail, stay safe and have a good time!

Peacocks, George E. LeStrange Preserve

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