Catch a ride on an open wagon around Moccasin Pond and open prairie

Moccasin Pond Van Tours depart from the Van Stop.
Reservations are required; sign up at the Information Booth.
For schedule information please see the Van Schedule

This is an interesting tour of the Moccasin Pond driving loop and Rail Road with an experienced naturalist as a driver and guide.   This tour requires a little more than an hour, and passes several freshwater marsh areas of the Refuge.   Visitors are likely to see alligators, turtles and several bird species including moorhens, coots, grebes, egrets, herons, blue-winged Teal.   You also may see bitterns (American and sometimes Least), purple gallinules, snakes and some mammals (raccoons, bobcats, and deer).   This tour is a good introduction to the part of the refuge that is open to the public every day from sunrise to sunset.

We have a new approach to the Moccasin Pond Tours for this year's Migration Celebration.   Wagon tours around Moccasin Pond were very successful at 2015's Migration Celebration.   The wagons allow our guests a better view (all around and overhead) and better interaction with the tour guides.   Wagons pulled by trucks will leave the main festival area headquarters and tour the Rail Pond and Moccasin Pond areas.

Bring binoculars for a closer view.   If you don't have your own binoculars, we will have simple binoculars available for your use.

Photo: Jerry Eppner
Least Bittern
Photo: David Plunkett
Purple Gallinule