D.J. Wilcox Preserve

Sundays are for exploring… The wonderful new boardwalk around Gator Lake at the DJ Wilcox Preserve. Located at 300 Michigan St. Fort Pierce, Florida, this preserve is a pleasant surprise. 

Amenities include: Birding, Hiking Trails, Historic Interests. 

A one-mile self-guided interpretive trail winds through the 105-acre site along the Indian River Lagoon. 

Habitat: Pine flatwoods, mangrove swamp, hammock and bay-gall swamp. The Preserve borders the Indian River Lagoon with several large specimens of Slash Pine. 

Watch for a 5 – 6 foot alligator in the pond. We named him Wally. 

Bird lovers will also see pelican, osprey, red-shouldered hawk, ibis, herons, egrets, wood stork and spoonbills. The site was named after D. J. Wilcox, past owner of the property and County Commissioner. Dewey Wilcox was a foreman for the East Coast Development Company (partly owned by Edwin Binney from Crayola fame) that was to create a new town called Indrio during the land boom of the late 1920’s. The depression stopped the town from being built, and Dewey purchased much of the land from the company. D.J. moved his in-laws (the Aubrecht’s) to the site in the late 1920’s. Remnants of the Aubrecht homestead (circa 1925) remain, and a short trail interprets its history.

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