LOCATION: Elkton

Deep Creek Conservation Area

Deep Creek Conservation Area
  • 3705-3719 CR 13 S.
  • Elkton, Florida 32033
  • Local Phone: 386-329‑4500

Deep Creek Conservation Area is made up of two tracts - Yarborough (1,103 acres) and Deep Creek North (4,529 acres). The majority of these tracts are floodplain swamp associated with Deep Creek and the St. Johns River. The northern tract (Deep Creek North) the largest portion of the conservation area – includes frontage along the St. Johns River and the portion of Deep Creek that flows into the river. The uplands are dominated by pine flatwoods.

Yarborough Tract is located off of George Miller Road just north of Hastings, FL. Yarborough consists of several old farming fields that are currently being restored and a large man-made wetland that provides nutrient removal for the surrounding waterbodies while providing habitat for a variety of wildlife species such as great blue heron, double-breasted cormorant, anhinga, common egret, tri-colored heron, boat-tailed grackle, and red-winged blackbird, opossums, bobcats and white-tailed deer.

Recreational activities include hiking, biking, birdwatching and wildlife viewing. Fishing, boating, kayaking opportunities are ONLY available on Deep Creek from the launch located at the State Road 207 bridge over Deep Creek, just west of the State Road 206 intersection.