Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge

Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge (LWNWR) was established in 1964 to provide habitat for migrating and wintering birds. The refuge contains 21,574 acres of freshwater marshes, 5,800 acres of Cypress and mixed hardwood swamps, 2,400 acres of uplands, and more than 1,000 acres of lakes, streams, and canals. The biological diversity of the wetlands provides nesting, overwintering and stopover habitat during migration for geotropically songbirds, migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds and raptors (215 bird species have been counted).

Additionally, endangered and threatened species benefit from the wetland habitat and management practices of Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge contains over 5,000 acres of freshwater and more than 50 miles of waterways, which are utilized by the endangered Florida manatees as foraging, breeding and calving areas. More than 23 miles are designated as manatee protection zones.

Other Federally endangered or threatened species which are known to inhabit the refuge include the Eastern indigo snake, American alligator, Wood stork, and the Snail kite, which is a very specialized raptor feeding only on Apple snails. Like the Limpkin, wading birds occur on the refuge in unusually abundant numbers.

A variety of outdoor activities take place on the Refuge including nature photography, birding, hiking, fishing and boating. Fifteen miles of trails are available for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. (Not all trails are open for horseback riding due to the type of trail and location).

Lake Woodruff is part of the Merritt Island Complex and receives support from MIWA. We help with funding and donations for programs such as the annual youth fishing derby and provide funding for an intern. LWNWR does not currently have a friends group or membership program.

If you are interested in making donations to Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge or have any questions about helping support LWNWR, please contact the MIWA office at 321-861-2377 or email


The refuge is open year-round during daylight hours or from sunrise to sunset. It may be open on a limited basis outside these hours for special events sponsored by the refuge.
The Visitor Center is open daily from 8 am to 4:30 pm daily November through March. From April through October the center is open from 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. The Visitor Center is closed on all federal holidays. 

*Due to current staffing constraints, the Visitor Center may be closed intermittently for several days or part of the day from April-October. Please call 386-985-4673 for current availability.


Visiting the Refuge and Visitor Center is free.

If you are participating in the hunts at the Refuge, you will be required to pay all hunting fees.

For more information please visit  

Lake Woodruff NWR
2045 Mud Lake Road
DeLeon Springs, FL 32130
Phone 386-985-4673