Telegraph Creek Preserve

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Telegraph Creek Preserve
16451 North River Road
Alva, Florida 33920

Total Acres: 1726.84
Number of Parcels: 2
Total Cost: $23,900,000.00
Date Acquired: Friday, January 30, 2009 *
*Date first parcel was acquired.

Additional Acquisition Information
Land Stewardship Plan

Coordinator: Jeff Anderson
Telephone: (239) 707-8251

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This large preserve, located in Alva in northeastern Lee County, provides critical habitat for numerous listed animal species, including Florida Panther, crested caracara, red-cockaded woodpecker and eastern indigo snake. This preserve also includes a significant area of scrub habitat, which previously was documented to have been used by Florida Scrub-Jays, a federally-listed threatened species. Restoration efforts, including prescribed burns, will focus on improving this habitat for scrub-jays to return to this area.

Telegraph Creek flows through the southeastern portion of this preserve. A new Telegraph Creek Primitive Paddlecraft Launch has recently been built south of the preserve that can be used to paddle into Telegraph Creek Preserve, however, there is no paddlecraft landing or launching available on the preserve itself.

The preserve is adjacent to Bob Janes Preserve, a Conservation 20/20 preserve which, in turn, is adjacent to Babcock Ranch Preserve in Charlotte County. Together, these conservation lands provide a critical corridor to support wildlife.

Two separate trails are open to the public at Telegraph Creek Preserve. The eastern trailhead is for hiking only and also provides access to Bob Janes Preserve. The western trailhead includes both hiking and equestrian use.


Recreation Opportunities:
Bird Watching, Canoeing/Kayaking, Hiking (Marked Trails), Horseback Riding, Nature Study/Photography
The gate for the western hiking/equestrian access-point opens from 7am-7pm.

Additional Information:
Telegraph Creek Preserve Trail Map - Eastern Access

Telegraph Creek Preserve Trail Map - Western Access

The preserve has an active cattle lease. Please remember to close any gate as you enter or exit the preserve.

The gate for the equestrian entrance from Argo Drive is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm. The trailhead walk-through gate on N. River Rd. is open from dawn to dusk.

Preserve Links:

Wildlife List

Plant List

Preserve Map:

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