Lady’s Island Newest Treasure – Crystal Lake Park

Lady’s Island’s newest green space.

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An anhinga suns itself along the bank of Crystal Lake. Photo by Jim Ferrell.

Crystal Lake Park can be found just across the bridge from Beaufort, on Lady’s Island. This 25-acre park winds through forested habitats, salt marsh and around Crystal Lake. Boardwalk leads over saltwater wetlands, to the beautiful 7-acre Crystal Lake.

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The pine trees around Crystal Lake make excellent perches for herons and egrets. Photo by Friends of Crystal lake Park.

Crystal Lake is an extraordinary habitat for bird species. Many species have been documented here. Songbirds, wading birds, birds of prey, migratory waterfowl, and endangered species such as wood storks. Egrets and herons can also be spotted here. Turtles, snakes, and alligators also call the park home.

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A beautiful boardwalk surrounds the lake. Image by Beaufort County Parks.

The park has many opportunities for visitors to learn about the Lowcountry’s natural resources. Walk the trail or visit the interpretative center. Be on the look-out for birds and other wildlife that live in this Lowcountry habitat.

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Docks can be used for catch and release fishing. Image by Dawn Ramsey.

Catch and release fishing can also be done from the docks. The lake has a population primarily of redfish and mullet.

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The Crystal Lake Conservation Center can be found out front. Photo by Moreece Maddox.

Beaufort County has renovated the former Butler Marine building into the Crystal Lake Conservation Center. Offices for the Beaufort Open Land Trust and the Beaufort County Conservation District can be found inside.  A pollinator garden created and maintained by volunteers is adjacent to the park office building. The park is located at 124 Lady’s Island Drive.

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Alligators can be found in Crystal Lake. Photo by Dawn Ramsey.

For more information on other parks and natural wonders in Beaufort County visit, or read our blog on Lowcountry Hiking Trails and Parks.