Lake Woodruff NWR is located 25 miles west of Daytona Beach, Florida, and 7 miles north of DeLand on U.S. Highway 17 near the community of DeLeon Springs, FL. From Highway 17 in DeLeon Springs, turn west and go one block to Grand Avenue. Turn south on Grand and go approximately 3 blocks to Mud Lake Road. Refuge directional signs are prominently displayed on both U.S. 17 and Grand Ave. to direct the way to the refuge and headquarters office.
Woodruff is a terrific wildlife refuge, so little known that you have it mostly to yourself. On a typical day you'll see red tailed hawks, herons, egrets, sand hill cranes, alligators, vultures (both black and turkey), giant water turtles and other creatures.