Galt Preserve

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Galt Preserve
(152/155/185-2)
3661 Stringfellow Road
St. James City , Florida 33956

Total Acres: 264.98
Number of Parcels: 3
Total Cost: $4,415,000.00
Date Acquired: Monday, April 8, 2002 *
*Date first parcel was acquired.

Additional Acquisition Information
Land Stewardship Plan

Coordinator: Tyler Marzella
Telephone: (239) 220-7243

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This preserve features 2.5 miles of hiking trails and boardwalks, a kayak and canoe launch, fishing pier, picnic pavilions, restroom and a paved parking area. It is located in St. James City on Pine Island, just south of Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve, another Conservation 20/20 preserve.

The preserve is made up of three separate land acquisitions. The final parcel of land was acquired in 2007 with assistance from a Florida Communities Trust grant and a donation from the Calusa Land Trust.

Galt Preserve consists of twelve plant communities, including mangrove swamp and mesic flatwoods. The preserve is also home to a variety of bird and animal species, including bald eagle, bobcat and American alligator. One of the big success stories of this preserve is that a pair of bald eagles began to nest following the removal of the invasive exotic plant species, melaleuca.

The preserve is open daily during daylight hours.

BALD EAGLE NESTING UPDATE 11/5/2018: A portion of the marked hiking trail at Galt Preserve is currently closed to provide protection for an active bald eagle nest. Bald eagle nesting season is October through May. A notice is posted on the trail in the section where it is closed with more information and the applicable Lee County ordinance. Visitors are asked to please be respectful of the eagles while they are nesting. The eagles may be observed through binoculars and spotting scopes as well as cameras with telephoto lenses. If you encounter any visitors disregarding the posted ordinance or harassing the eagles, please contact our ranger staff at 239-826-7067 or 239-339-3274.


Recreation Opportunities:
Bird Watching, Fishing, Geocaching, Hiking (Boardwalk), Hiking (Marked Trails), Hiking (Unmarked or Fire Lines), Nature Study/Photography, On-leash Pet Walking, Picnic Area


Additional Information:
Guided nature walks occur at this preserve. Download guided walks schedule

Galt Preserve Trail Map


Preserve Links:

Wildlife List

Plant List

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