Lake County Parks & Trails Newsletter
 
Lake County Parks & Trails
is on Facebook!

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
Joint plant expert Wendy Poag for a hike around the park to see what is in bloom. Reservations are encouraged.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at PEAR Park Nature Center, Leesburg
The Nature center has a nice collection of rocks, minerals, fossils, sands, shells, and other natural specimens of interest to children and adults. Come learn about rock and mineral classification. Look at sand samples under the microscope. For the young, try hands on activities. See if you can identify animals from their skins or bones or identify types of rocks. Ask questions off or get help and instruction from former science teacher. There are over 4 miles of hiking trails through meadows, scrub jay habitats and woods along the Palatlakaha River to explore. Plants are identified along a nature trail and in demonstration gardens of native plants. Hike to a children’s play ground. Bring lunch spend the day and picnic at the nature center.
9 - 11 a.m. at Ferndale Preserve, Ferndale
Come learn about Native Americans and other early residents of this part of Lake County. There will be a short presentation in the parking area, followed by a slow-paced, approximately 2-mile hike on uneven, hilly terrain. Reservations are encouraged.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Lake Norris Conservation Area, Eustis
Join Lake County park rangers and staff from Lake County Water Authority on this trip to Blackwater Creek through the Lake Norris Conservation Area. Participants of all experience levels are welcome and may use one of our kayaks. Call to reserve. THIS EVENT IS CURRENTLY FULL. Reservations are required. To make reservations for the paddling adventures, call the Lake County Water Authority at (352) 343-3777.
10 - 11 a.m. at Paisley Community Park, Paisley
A fun activity for kids to teach them why bears are very active at this time of year and how they can live safely in bear country. Reservations are encouraged.
view all events »
 
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.
 

12929 County Landfill Road, Tavares, Florida 32778 • 352-253-4950 • www.lakecountyfl.gov

You are receiving this e-mail because you subscribed to the Lake County Parks & Trails Newsletter.
If you are receiving this e-mail in error or wish to unsubscribe please go to
http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/newsletter/preferences.aspx.
 
Lake County Logo