W154. T. M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area
SiteID: E154 (E114 old)
Nearest City: Fellsmere
Phone Number: 321-726-2862
Amenities: Good for beginners, Seasonal hunting, Birding by car, Birding by foot/hiking, Birding by bicycle, Best time of day: Morning, Recommended length of visit: a few hours, Horseback riding br>
Habitats: Freshwater Marsh/Wetlands, River/Stream/Spring/Canal, Lake/Pond/Impoundment, Hardwoods/Mixed Forest
This waterfowl management area, which includes the Broadmoor Marsh Unit, is a wetland restoration project in the upper St. Johns River Basin. One of the premier duck hunting locales in Florida, it also makes for some pretty interesting birding and wildlife viewing, too! The open marsh habitat, mudflats and impoundments contain the full spectrum of duck species (including Mottled Duck, Fulvous Whistling-Duck and Black-bellied Whistling-Duck) late fall through winter, as well as wading birds, shorebirds and hawks in migration. Limpkin, Black-necked Stilt, both night-herons, Roseate Spoonbill and Northern Harrier are possible, as are Northern River Otter and American Alligator. View the birds by following the series of dikes around the impoundments. Vehicle access is permitted on Mondays and Thursdays on selected levee roads when conditions are suitable. A three-tier observation tower is located on the southern end of the property, approx. 2 miles north of the office (bring a spotting scope). The road into the area can be good, too, for everything from Swallow-tailed Kite to Northern Bobwhite to Crested Caracara. The site is closed to other visitors when hunts are in progress; please see page 127 for dates, regulations and more information.
Directions: From I-95, take exit 156 for CR 512/Fellsmere Rd. and travel west for 3.1 mi. At N. Broadway St., turn right (north) and drive 0.4 mi. to CR 507/S. Carolina Ave. Turn left (west) and go 0.4 mi. Turn right (north) on CR 507/Babcock St. and go 3.4 mi. Next, turn left (west) onto Fellsmere Grade Rd. just south of the C-54 canal. Drive for 6.1 mi. to the Stick Marsh boat ramp and follow the signs to the entrance to the waterfowl management area.
Open 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset; closed during scheduled hunts. Vehicle access Mondays and Thursdays only, 9 AM to 4 PM.