Mile Pond Conservation Area is a 3,755-acre area that was once a lowland
hardwood forest intermingled with cypress sloughs. Most of the area
is flooded seasonally and was an important habitat for wintering waterfowl,
furbearers, eagles, and other wildlife species. Management of the area
began in 1982 and is aimed at reestablishing wetland habitat, which was
lost when the land was drained and converted to agricultural use over
the previous century. Over 1,000 acres of this wetland habitat is
managed through the manipulation of water levels to provide high quality
natural foods, such as millets, smartweed, sprangletop, sedges, and
invertebrates. These food resources are highly sought after by migrating
and wintering waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wetland wildlife species.
Row crops and green browse are grown on the area to provide nutritious
food for geese and field-feeding species of ducks. Visitors can view
wildlife from the handicapped accessible Richard T. Reed Observation
Platform located at the C/D parking lot. Duck and goose hunting and
viewing waterfowl are the most popular outdoor activities on the area.
Bald eagles are common on the area from late fall through early spring.
Visitors should use extreme caution while boating or wading, because
deep water and hazardous conditions are possible when the area is