The Wildlife At Bois D’Arc Lake
One of my favorite places we have stayed at in our first year of traveling was the Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois d’Arc Lake Wildlife Management Area. We loved it so much we stayed there in June and November. One of the reasons I love it so much is the incredible amount of wildlife that is found there.
The amount of birds and waterfowl that can be seen here is incredible. Great blue herons and great egrets are a common sight. A flock of egrets was there our entire stay in June. Woodpeckers were constantly pecking on the trees around our camper. Moorhens and purple and common Gallinules were always hiding in the weeds scaring me while I was fishing.
In November there were at least 30 coots swimming around the whole time. In late fall the lake serves as a stop for migratory birds. One day a flock of at least 200 double-crested cormorants (I believe) spent the afternoon. Pelicans also stopped by a couple times and it was the first time we saw them in the wild so that was exciting.
A mating pair of Bald Eagles also call the wildlife management area home. We saw them multiple days over both our stays and one day even got a visit from one at camp which you can read about here.
A lot of little native birds are also in the area. They kept trying to build nests in various camping equipment we had out. One day a couple Carolina wrens (I believe) thought Frankenstein was a good place to visit which you can read about here.
Squirrels were always running about and we even saw turkey on the road one day. Turtles are everywhere basking on logs in the water. I believe they were painted turtles or red eared sliders or both. We also had the rare opportunity to stumble upon a turtle laying eggs which was pretty cool.
The big stars of the area though are the alligators which were also the first ones we had ever seen in the wild. I did a whole post on them you can read here.
There are also deer roaming around. In June the lake had a resident that was quite friendly and visited our camp one morning. You can read about that encounter here.
While we were there in November a small herd of cows were roaming the area. I don’t know if they were suppose to be there or had escaped, but they never got too close to camp especially with Dexter outside. Just be careful where you step though, because the cow patties are abundant.
I hope you enjoy the pics below and on the other posts.
This place is just WOW!