One of the most popular questions we get is, “What types of animals do you have in the park?” Well, I’m glad you asked!
Animals spotted in our park:
Feral pig – (wild hog, wild pigs, wild boars, European wild boars, Russian wild boars, or razorbacks) There hasn’t been any recent evidence of these animals in the park. But these elusive animals have been here and were spotted by Park Rangers along a back trail.
Deer – We are currently trying to attract more in this area so that visitors can enjoy viewing them. they are VERY elusive as well. Normally we see doe and fawn, but we are sure there has to be an awesome buck somewhere around here!
Armadillo – Very common! These interesting animals can be found everywhere in the park. Because of their poor eyesight, if you are quiet enough you may be able to get a close picture of them. If you see small holes in the ground throughout the park, don’t fret, it was probably done by one of these little guys! https://www.msu.edu/~nixonjos/armadillo/index.html
Rabbit – This animal is even more common than the armadillo. They are all over the park and can be spotted everywhere. So if you startled one when attempting to take a quick picture, you will see at least 2 more within 5 minutes.
Alligator – Yes everyone, we have alligators here. They rarely come out. When it is hot, you may spot the peeking from the lagoon. Not to worry though, there haven’t been any reports of gators invading campsites. Most of our gators have been born in the park and have reached the length of approximately 5-6ft. long before leaving to find a new home. We do have one gator that visits regularly that is at least 10ft long! He hides from everyone. You will have to look hard for these animals because they normally hide from us!
Daddy Gator ruling the pond!
Butterfly: These are spotted often. Be sure to walk and drive slowly so you can see these guys glide past your windshield!
Snakes: We do have a few different snakes found in the park. Be careful when coming across these guys! Some are venomous and some aren’t.
Raccoons: These guys will run around when the sun sets. We ask that you put ALL of your trash in the cans with the heavy wooden boards on top of them. When trash is found around the park, we know it’s from these guys!
Opossum: They are just like the Raccoons. They will come out at sunset!
Birds: We have many different species of birds here. Bird watchers come often and help update our birding list. Some of the birds that have been spotted in the area were robins, cranes, hawks, ravens, etc. A bald eagle has also been spotted by staff. A visitor that works behind the park on the levee showed us a picture of what seems to be an eagles nest which isn’t far from the park! As we get pictures of the birds they will be uploaded.
Enjoying food from the feeder