Orange Creek Restoration Area

The Orange Creek Restoration Area is within the Orange Creek Basin, an area that has been hydrologically altered, with varying impacts to the water and natural resources, since the beginning of the 20th century. From the 1940s until the St. Johns River Water Management District purchased it in 1998, the land had been used for farming. The property now includes a combination of restored wetlands, timberlands, pastures, and wet prairies and other wetlands. Water from Orange Creek flows to the Ocklawaha River. Natural communities characteristic of the property include mesic flatwoods, floodplain swamp, floodplain marsh and depression marsh.

One of the special highlights of this property is the marsh edge trails. The abundance as well as diversity of wading birds is remarkable. The trail systems are very popular with equestrian users for their shady canopy and resemblance to "Olde Florida."

Access is off S.E. 219th Avenue and County Road 318.

Activities allowed is wildlife viewing, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, camping and seasonal hunting. 

Orange Creek is a designated small-game hunt area, open on limited days during waterfoul and snipe season.

Day use permits are available to enable you to drive beyound the parking area to launch your boat. Please call (386) 329-4404 to obtain a permit for you, your boat and your vehicle. The boat launch is unimproved and is intended for small boats. Airboats are prohibited.

  • Accessible
  • Family Friendly
  • Parking Available
  • Pet Friendly


E Highway 318
Citra, Florida 32113

Phone: 386-329-4404