This 436.53-acre bird reservation and sanctuary offers a wilderness escape in the middle of Merritt Island, Florida and is an international attraction for bird-watchers. Historically documented as a village of the Ais Indians who disappeared around 1720, it is a natural lagoon and bird rookery linked with canals created for mosquito control and surrounded by a man made dike. There is a trail on the dike that provides access to the waterways for the tourist, fisherman, birdwatchers, and paddlers. A birdwatching tower offers a wonderful view of Ulumay. Projecting into Sykes Creek at the southwest corner of the park is a fishing pier commonly known as the Old Humpbacked Troll Bridge. Although troll sightings are rumored, visitors are likely to view dolphin, manatees and birds such as the wood stork, belted kingfisher, spoonbills, heron and white or brown pelican. There’s a great launch for kayaks and paddleboarders. One goes into Sykes creek and the other leads deep into Ulumay. Be careful on the Ulumay side as it is very easy to loose your way in this large preserve. There are a few company’s that do kayak and paddleboard/SUP tours, you can contact them here. Ulumay Paddle Tours
- Canoe Launch
- Bicycling & Hiking (approx. 7 mile trail)
- Bird Watching
- Fishing (20×100 ft pier, shoreline)
- Trails (Hiking & Paddling)
Wildlife: Dolphin, Manatee, Wood Stork, Bald Eagles, Belted Kingfisher, Heron, Egret, Spoonbills, Ospreys, White or Brown Pelican, Alligator
Dos & Don’ts:
- Service animals only.
- Alcoholic beverages in designated areas only.
- Other restrictions as posted.
- Don’t Litter
- Do pick up trash if you see it!
Park open after 7 AM until dark.
805 Sykes Creek Pkwy
Merritt Island, FL 32952