This is a privately-owned pine plantation with a 150 acre cypress lake and swamp on it.
At the northern end of the lake is where there are many good nesting trees and literally thousands of nesting waders during the months of April through September. The plantation was previously owned by Dr. McRae, who had a small zoo located there. His heirs sold it to Curtis McCraney, who is continuing to fun ecotourism boat rides out to the rookeries. There is a good input of water from Crooked Creek so that while other swamp areas of the state have dried up during the drought, this lake has stayed the same and the number of nesting waders continues to increase. It may have the largest rookeries in the state for some of these species, such as, ibises and cattle egrets. This may be the second largest rookery in the state next to Harris Neck NWF.

Ornithological Summary

Sighting Source Key: 1=published reports,; 2=surveys (CBC; BBS; etc.); 3=personal observations; 4=other sources (specify)

Conservation Issues

The site could be sold by current land owners and developed.


Private land owned by Curtis McCraney and operated by C.J. Cauldwell, Jr. P.O. Box 131, Rhine, GA 31077. 478-374-2663 (C. McCraney) and 912-385-3051 (C.J. Cauldwell, Jr.)

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