May 2016

Rip's Rookery bridge on Jefferson Island

By Céline Alis

Rip's Rookery at Jefferson Island Rip Van Winkle Gardens now features an 80-feet-wide turn-off and a small foot bridge to make it more convenient for photographers to gain access to the bird sanctuary-rookery. Visitors no longer have to park on the road shoulder and wade across a flooded ditch, said Rip Van Winkle Gardens owner Mike Richard.