Operated by the South Florida Water Management District, the DuPuis Management Area east of Lake Okeechobee features numerous ponds and campsites along with educational and recreational opportunities. This expansive natural area has over 20,000 acres of scenic pine woods, wetlands, cypress domes and marshlands common in the Everglades.
DuPuis Area History
The DuPuis Management Area was acquired in 1986 through the South Florida Save Our Rivers program. The Seminole Indians sought refuge on this land during the Seminole Indian War of 1835. The property was the home of John and Susan DuPuis and was used as ranch land for sheep, cattle and goats. To date, over 6,500 acres of wetlands have been restored.
The DuPuis Visitor Center
Upon arrival you will discover the DuPuis Visitor Center where interpretive displays introduce you to Native American Indian artifacts dating all the way back to 500 BC. You will also find out about onsite wildlife inhabiting the area. A new exhibit, Tusk Treasures, has been added to the Visitor Center, where three fossils – two Mastodon tusk cross-sections and the leg bone of a grazing animal – are on display. There is also a Pawprint Sandbox that allows you to make pawprints of indigenous Florida wildlife.
Activities at the DuPuis Management Area
- Explore the nature trail and marvel at beautiful butterflies in the butterfly garden
- Visit the partially covered pier to fish (you need a freshwater fishing license)
- Camp out
- Enjoy a picnic in a screened-in patio or outdoors under a stand of oak trees
- Drive along the 15 mile self-guided auto tour route
- Hike 22 miles of hiking trails, and be sure to hike the Ocean to Lake Trail that is included in the Florida National Scenic Trail
- Birdwatch, stargaze, and canoe and kayak on the lake
- Take advantage of the equestrian campground that features 40 miles of horseback trails for riding
- Participate in special Saturday events
DuPuis Management Area
23500 SW Kanner Highway
Canal Point, FL 33438