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The Lake County Department of Public Resources, Parks & Trails Division, manages more than three dozen parks, preserves and boat ramps. The Division's park rangers lead regularly scheduled nature hikes and bird and butterfly surveys in a select few of these parks in addition to properties owned by the Lake County Water Authority and St. Johns River Water Management District.

Park of the Month
North Lake Community Park
North Lake Community Park is the largest recreational complex managed by the Parks & Trails Division. The park opened in May 2009 and features many amenities, including an expansive playground area, four picnic pavilions, two restroom facilities, two basketball courts, six tennis courts, four sand volleyball courts, two baseball fields, two softball fields, two soccer fields, three multi-use fields, concession stands, 1.4-mile perimeter trail loop and .75-mile nature trail. Read More...
Upcoming Events
9 - 11 a.m. at PEAR Park Wildlife Conservation Area, Leesburg
Join park rangers and brush up on your plant ID skills while helping eradicate the river trail of its foreign invaders. Bring your own gloves and plenty of water. Be prepared to learn, laugh and get some exercise. Reservations are encouraged.
9 - 11 a.m. at Flat Island Preseve, Leesburg
Experienced and novice paddlers are invited to join our naturalist as they canoe and kayak through Helena Run into Lake Denham and Flat Island Preserve. Reservations are required. To make reservations for the paddling adventures, call the Lake County Water Authority at (352) 343-3777.
7:30 - 11 a.m. at Lake May Reserve, Eustis
Annual fall count on the 3rd Saturday of September to produce a "snap shot" of migration across North America. Reservations are encouraged.
6 - 9 p.m. at Green Mountain Scenic Overlook & Trailhead, Ferndale
Weather permitting, we will listen for nocturnal migrants passing overhead and watch for them passing in front of the moon's face. Reservations are encouraged.
9 - 11 a.m. at The Pasture Reserve, Groveland
Bring your own bike and head out for some exercise and adventure on this guide ride along grass trails where one might encounter wildlife such as wild turkeys or white-tailed deer. Reservations are encouraged.
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Information about Guided Hikes & Surveys

Park rangers recomends participants of the nature hikes and bird & butterfly surveys to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Hikers should also bring binoculars, field guides, cameras, sunscreen, insect repellent, water and snacks.

Reservations are required for all guided hikes and bird & butterfly surveys. Most hikes are limited to the first 20 individuals to place reservations. To make reservations for the guided hikes and bird & butterfly surveys, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at (352) 253-4950 or e-mail parksandtrails@lakecountyfl.gov.


HIKING DIFFICULTY RATING
1 - These hikes offer an easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. Hikes are usually on a paved trail or boardwalk. Distance is typically 1 mile or less.

2 - An average level of fitness is recommended as these moderate hikes may be on a trail of uneven terrain. Distance is typically 2 miles or less.

3 - These hikes are generally more challenging, depending on an individual’s experience and level of fitness. Hikes are more difficult due to hills and distances of greater than 2 miles.
Information about PADDLING ADVENTURES

The Lake County Water Authority coordinates all paddling adventures. For more information on these guided tours, contact the Lake County Water Authority at (352) 343-3777.

Reservations are required for all paddling adventures. Most paddling adventures are limited to the first 15 vessels to place reservations. To make reservations for the paddling adventures, call the Lake County Water Authority at (352) 343-3777.

PADDLING DIFFICULTY RATING
1 — These paddling adventures offer an easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. Paddling may be on local creeks or shorelines. Time is usually two hours or less and distance is typically 1 mile or less, depending on currents.

2 — An average level of fitness is recommended as these moderate paddles may be on a blueway with obstructions or currents. Time is usually three hours or less and distance is typically 2-4 miles.

3 — These paddling adventures are generally more challenging, depending on an individual’s experience and level of fitness. Paddling is more difficult due to length of blueway and paddling conditions. Time is more than three hours and distance is typically more than 4 miles.
 

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