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Columbia County purchased the Alligator Lake Recreation Area through the Florida Preservation 2000 grant program in 1997. Alligator Lake Recreation Area covers over 1000 acres and has 12 miles of hiking trails. The extent and depth of the water in the lake varies with the season and the amount of rainfall....and so do the birds! No two walks at Alligator Lake are the same.
The dykes that extend out into the lake provide excellent viewing. In addition to the marshy habitat of the lake, trails wind through a wide diversity of habitats. Hardwood swamp and woods provide opportunities to see songbirds including migrating warblers.
Four Rivers Audubon Society hosts an "Alli-Walk" at Alligator Lake on the first Saturday of every month, led by expert birders who love to share their knowledge and their scopes.Over 150 species of birds have been identified at Alligator Lake.
Bring binoculars, drinks, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, sturdy walking shoes, and a hat if desired.
Directions: Go west on I-10 and take the US 90 exit (Olustee). Go west on US 90 for approx. 20 miles, as you pass the Lake City airport look for CR 10A (Baya Ave.) bearing off to the left. Once on Baya Ave, look for and turn left onto CR 133 (SW Country Club Rd). There is a sign for Alligator Lake on right; meet in the parking lot.