Caracara at Dinner Island

Visit Dinner Island Ranch Wildlife Area 55/365

Dinner Island Ranch Wildlife Management Area is a little over an hour drive from Bonita Springs East of Immokalee, Florida in Hendry County. Dinner Island Ranch is an excellent place to view wildlife year round. Wading birds of all types, as well as Florida sand hill cranes, crested caracaras, kestrels and white-tailed deer are common sightings.

Dinner Island BirdDinner Island Ranch is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. There are plenty of unpaved roads to slowly drive and see the wildlife so those who have mobility issues can see nature, too. There are plenty of alligators to be seen so step carefully if you do leave your car.

Dinner Island offers year round camping, bicycle trails and horseback riding trails. There is one vault toilet at the entrance at the campground check in station. Hunting is allowed certain times of the year so check their calendar to go in a non-hunting time to increase your chances of wildlife viewing.

If you’re a fan of Melinda’s photography visit also, Watch Nesting Eagles in Bonita Springs


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