The 7,473-acre conservation area contains a large portion of the floodplain of Lake Monroe. Wetlands make up 94 percent of the conservation area. This provides flood protection, and protection of water quality and more than three miles of Lake Monroe and St. Johns River shoreline. It also protects fish and wildlife habitat. The predominant natural communities are floodplain marsh/wet prairie and floodplain swamp/forest. Years ago, Native Americans hunted and fished in the area. Now, the western portion of the conservation area is dedicated to Minnie Beck Kratzert, whose family owned the property until it was sold to the district in 1987.
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. The area provides excellent habitat for resident and migratory waterfowl, wood storks, wading birds and shorebirds. Other common sightings include sandhill cranes, bald eagles, turkeys, ospreys, deer and a large number of alligators.
- Fishing, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, primitive camping at designated sites and wildlife viewing.
- Boating and canoeing opportunities are available on Lake Monroe and the St. Johns River, and the area is accessible by water; however, there are no launches located on-site.
- Geocache located on property. Please visit our geocache database for more information.
From Sanford, take State Road (SR) 415 to access the eastern portion of the conservation area (the Brickyard Slough Tract). A parking area is located on the east side of SR 415. To access the western portion (the Kratzert Tract), turn left on Reed Ellis Road from SR 415 and continue for about one mile to a parking area on the west side of the road.