Dunns Creek Conservation Area
Situated on the east side of Dunns Creek, west of State Road (SR) 100 and east of U.S. 17, at the north end of Crescent Lake, approximately eight miles south of Palatka in Putnam County.
The large floodplain areas along Dunns Creek provide water storage. The adjacent transitional and upland communities serve to buffer the aquatic systems from adverse impacts. The district bought this property in 1992 with Preservation 2000 funding to protect water resources and provide upland buffering of Dunns Creek, a tributary to the St. Johns River. The majority of the area is floodplain swamp and hydric hammock, which protects about five miles of shoreline on Dunns Creek. Pine flatwoods and upland mixed forests with small strand swamps and dome swamps are interspersed.
The swamp and upland communities support a variety of animals, including numerous salamander species, toads, frogs, snakes, alligators, bobcats, raccoons, white-tailed deer and gray fox. Birds typically present include migratory and resident species such as yellow-crowned night herons, wood ducks, swallow-tailed kites, red-shouldered hawks, barred owls, woodpeckers and warblers.
- Seasonal hunting. View hunting information.
- Hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, fishing and wildlife viewing are available but restricted during hunt dates.
- Primitive camping is allowed only at designated sites. more info
- Boating and canoeing opportunities are available on Dunns Creek; however, there are no launches located on the property.
Restrictions: more info
- No motorized vehicles allowed on property, except as authorized during hunt season.
- Off-road vehicles (including motorcycles and all-terrain or track vehicles) are not allowed on property.
Travel south from Palatka on U.S. 17 and turn east on SR 100. Go approximately three miles to Tram Road. Take Tram Road about one-half mile to the entrance.
For more information:
Call the district’s Bureau of Land Resources at 386-329-4404.