TAVARES —Lake County recently entered into a cooperative management agreement with the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) to lease the Clay Island portion of the Lake Apopka Restoration Area for construction of a 9-acre Lake Apopka North Shore Overlook and Trailhead off of County Road 455.
The trailhead and overlook will offer access to the 47-mile Lake Apopka Loop Trail. The total cost of the project is estimated at $856,172. The Green Mountain Scenic Byway Committee secured a grant in the amount of $684,938 by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byways grant to help with the project. The remaining 20 percent will be provided by the County.
“I’m thrilled that this project is moving forward,” said County Commissioner Sean Parks. “The creation of this facility will have a positive economic impact, and will be beneficial to both residents and visitors.”
The deal with the SJRWMD Board, Projects and Land Committee establishes a twenty year management agreement that gives Lake County permission to develop a trailhead on the property. The agreement also allows for two automatic ten year renewals.
For more information on the North Shore Overlook and Trailhead Project, contact the Lake County Department of Public Resources’ Parks & Trails Division at (352) 253-4950.