Located in St Martin parish you'll find Lake Martin. An 800-acre lake with 200 acres being open water, the remaining area consists of cypress-tupelo swamp. A hotspot for tourists and locals alike; attracting sportsmen, birders, photographers, and tourists. The best way to experience Lake Martin is to be on the water using a watercraft capable of navigating shallow water. It is blissful gliding through the calm waters on a beautiful day. Common wildlife sights include Great egrets, Great blue herons, Black-crowned Night-Herons, alligators, and from time to time you may even encounter an Osprey or Bald Eagle. The Nature Conservancy operates Cypress Island Preserve on the North end of the lake as a protected rookery for migratory bird nesting. They also operate a 2.5-mile walking levee trail that is open from fall to spring.