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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
East Lake Community Park
East Lake Community Park is currently under development however some of the amentities are available for use at this time. There are three multi-use soccer/football fields available as well as a limerock walking path. Currently all baseball and softball fields are available for practice only. Read More...
Upcoming Events
7:30 - 11 a.m. at Lake May Reserve (4/4), Ferndale Preserve (4/14), Ferndale
Volunteers needed to assist in surveying the bird and butterfly populations to help with management of the property. Experience is helpful but not required. Must bring own binoculars and field guide. Reservations are encouraged.
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at PEAR Park Nature Center, Leesburg
Explore the nature center, which features a collection of rocks, minerals, fossils, sands and shells, and enjoy a hands-on mini course on Identifying Minerals from 10 a.m. - noon (ages 10 to adult).
9 - 11 a.m. at Haynes Creek, Leesburg
Join Park Rangers for a guided 2-mile hike of this little known natural area. Haynes Creek Preserve is primarily an island that consists of wet deciduous forest and uplands. Reservations are encouraged.
9 - 11 a.m. at Ferndale Preserve, Ferndale
Learn about Parks & Trails' restoration efforts at the 192-acre preserve and the critters that call it home. The preserve is on the western shore of Lake Apopka and offers stunning views of the lake and surrounding areas. Reservations are encouraged.
7:30 - 11 a.m. at PEAR Park Wildlife Conservation Area, Leesburg
Volunteers needed to assist in surveying the bird and butterfly populations to help with management of the property. Experience is helpful but not required. Must bring own binoculars and field guide. Reservations are encouraged.
9 - 11 a.m. at Ellis Acres Reserve, Paisley
Bring your own bike and head out for some exercise and adventure on this guided ride along the grass trails where one might encounter black bears, wild turkeys, or white-tailed deer. Reservations are encouraged.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park - Katie's Landing, Sanford
Paddlers have the opportunity to help clean-up along the federally listed "Wild and Scenic" Wekiva River with experienced guides who will also point out its abundant wildlife. Reservations are encouraged.
8 - 11 a.m. at PEAR Park - Gateway, Leesburg
A morning all-inclusive class that will cover just the basics: binoculars, field guides and a few other topics followed by a short hike. 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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