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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
Lake May Reserve
Lake May Reserve totals approximately 136 acres. The native landscape of the Reserve consists of xeric oak hammock and a mix of upland scrub, pine and hardwood forested areas. The property also features Lake May, a twenty-acre lake, along with the associated wetlands. In addition, there currently is an actively managed citrus grove and an area of remnant citrus grove. Read More...
Upcoming Events
9 - 10:30 a.m. at Lake May Reserve, Eustis
Eagle Scout John Cohoon will give kids a hands-on lesson in finding their way in the woods using a map and compass. (Event is currently full; reservations closed.) Reservations are encouraged.
7:30 - 11 a.m. at PEAR Park, Leesburg
Experienced bird-watching volunteers are invited to help conduct bird surveys at restoration habitats in various county parks. Birders must be able to identify most common birds by sight or sound and have their own binoculars and field guides. Volunteers participating in the butterfly survey should be able to identify most common species. The activity will include hiking about two miles on trails. Reservations are encouraged.
7:30 - 11 a.m. at Lake May Reserve, Eustis
Experienced bird-watching volunteers are invited to help conduct bird surveys at this restoration habitat. Birders must be able to identify most common birds by sight or sound and have their own binoculars and field guides. Volunteers participating in the butterfly survey should be able to identify most common species. This activity will include hiking approximately two miles on trails. Reservations are encouraged.
9 - 10:30 a.m. at PEAR Park Wildlife Conservation Area, Leesburg
Children will enjoy games and activities to help them learn more about butterflies and other 6-legged creatures. (Event is currently full; reservations closed.) Reservations are encouraged.
7:30 to 11 a.m. at Ferndale Preserve, Ferndale
Monthly census of the birds and butterflies on the preserve to assist in monitoring the effects of restoration and land management on the long term biodiversity of the site. Experience a plus but not required, must bring binoculars and field guide. Reservations are encouraged.
9 - 10:30 a.m. at PEAR Park Wildlife Conservation Area, Leesburg
Eagle Scout John Cohoon will teach kids to tie more than just their shoes at this fun and informative class. (Event is full; reservations closed.) 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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