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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
Palatlakaha River Park
Palatlakaha River Park offers boater's access to the Crooked River and the Clermont Chain of Lakes. The park has two fishing piers, playground, and a pavilion with a grill. The park has a 0.8 mile loop trail that passes through the 18 acres of habitat managed for the Florida Scrub-Jay, as well as a Live Oak-Bald Cypress Hammock. The area is good for birding especially in the spring and fall. Butterflies and other animals are also often visible along the trail. The trail has numerous educational signs that point out various plants along the way. Read More...
Upcoming Events
9 - 10:30 a.m. at Lake Idamere Park, Tavares
Kids will identify footprints made by the park's nighttime visitors and make a plaster cast of a track to take home. This event is currently filled.
9 - 10:30 a.m. at Sorrento Park, Sorrento
Children will enjoy this fun and educational program to learn that not all bugs are bad. This event is currently filled.
9 - 10:30 a.m. at Palatlakaha River Park, Clermont
Children of all ages can join park rangers in this hands-on explanation of where our drinking water comes from. Reservations are encouraged.
7:30 - 11 a.m. at Ellis Acres Reserve, Paisley
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.
7:30 to 11 a.m. at The Pasture Reserve, Groveland
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.
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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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