On the western edge of Okefenokee, 18 miles from Fargo, this is an 80-acre island park with a sprawling forest of black gum and cypress. As a refuge, it forms one of the thickest terrains of vegetation in the Southeast. In the mirrorlike black waters live some 55 species of reptiles, 37 species of fish, more than 40 species of mammals, and some 225 species of birds. The park has a half-mile nature trail and some 25 miles of day-use waterways. Canoes and motorboats can be rented, or you can take boat tours lasting 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Minnie's Lake and Big Water can also be visited. Picnicking and camping are permitted. Two-bedroom cabins are also available for rent: $70 a night Sunday to Thursday, going up to $90 on Friday and Saturday. Campsites with running water and electricity, including showers, go for only $18 to $22 a night. (For reservations, contact the superintendent at the address and phone number below.) Park gates close between sunset and sunrise to discourage wildlife poachers. Groceries can be obtained at stores in Fargo.