Lady’s Island Newest Treasure – Crystal Lake Park
Lady’s Island’s newest green space.
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.
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.
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.
Catch and release fishing can also be done from the docks. The lake has a population primarily of redfish and mullet.
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.
For more information on other parks and natural wonders in Beaufort County visit https://southcarolinalowcountry.com/wildlife-preserves-and-nature-trails/, or read our blog on Lowcountry Hiking Trails and Parks.