SAVANNAS PRESERVE STATE PARK
Freshwater marshes or "savannas" once extended all along Florida's southeast coast. Stretching more than 10 miles from Ft. Pierce to Jensen Beach, this preserve is the largest and most intact remnant of Florida's east coast savannas. A good place for visitors to start is the Environmental Education Center where they can learn about the importance of this unique and endangered natural system. Picnic tables are available near the center. Canoeing, kayaking, and fishing in the wetlands are popular activities. Wildlife enthusiasts and photographers can enjoy the diversity of habitats this undisturbed area offers. Over eight miles of multi-use trails provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Guided walks and canoe trips are available by reservation. The Education Center is located in Port St. Lucie, two miles east of U.S. 1 on Walton Road.
Both the Savannas and St. Lucie River Preserve provide excellent areas to observe nature. These areas are home to a variety of birds and wildlife. On your hike, you may encounter a Bobcat, Deer, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, or even see an Alligator. You may also see a Bald Eagle (there is a nesting pair in the Savannas), a Red-tailed Hawk soaring overhead, a Great Blue Heron in the marsh, or even a Florida Scrub-jay. Come and enjoy a day in the woods and see what nature has to offer.
Please visit our Education Center for information about the Savannas. The center is open Thursday through Monday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and is ADA-accessible.
Fishing is available at the Savannas and the St. Lucie River Preserve. The Savannas provides freshwater fishing. The St. Lucie River provides the same, although some saltwater species may be found in the river as well. Please keep in mind that you must have the necessary licenses to participate in this activity. For more information about the access points, please contact us at (772) 398-2779 (Wednesday through Sunday). Please note that the Canoe Launch boardwalk, at the Savannas, is ADA accessible with fishing available from that platform.
Knowledgable volunteers lead canoe/kayak tours every Thursday morning at 9 a.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m. This is one of the most popular ways to explore the Savannas. Trips generally return after about 2 hours of exploration. Reservations are required for the trip and space is limited for this very popular program. Trips are available at other times during the week if requested. During the winter, moonlit paddles are offered monthly. Please contact the Education Center (Thursday through Monday) at (772) 398-2779 for additional information and reservations.