Joe Overstreet Landing is a nice driving (or boating) trail, if you take the time to make the drive to get there. Somewhat out of the way, you really have to make an effort to see this park. We at Telephoto Florida (TPF) have always found it worth the effort.

The park (actually it is just a dirt road with a boat launch at the end) is about twenty miles south of St Cloud or about 50 miles Northwest of Vero Beach. The Vero Beach route takes you through Yeehaw Junction. Be sure to stop and check out the historic Desert Inn.

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Our main draw to the park is not the whooping crane which they say can be found here (TPF has yet to see one here) but the bald eagles. It is said that the area has highest concentration of nesting bald eagles in the lower 48 states. We have never been disappointed, sighting numerous eagles in flight. The neighboring park, Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area, can yield plenty of nesting juveniles.

Joe Overstreet Road is a 5.4 mile trek along a dirt road, bordered by pastures and sod farms. This is central Florida prairie country. As you drive feel free to pull over anytime to watch for Sandhill Cranes, Wild Turkeys, Bald Eagles and Crested Caracaras. The fence posts often have Eastern Meadowlarks, Loggerhead Shrikes, and Warblers.

The landing itself consists of a small county store, a boat launch, and an airboat ride operation.  When in the area be sure to stop in at Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area (small fee) and look for the eagles.