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Park rangers & Water Authority to guide paddling adventure on May 28

RELEASE DATE: May 14, 2010

EUSTIS — Lake County park rangers, in cooperation with the Lake County Water Authority, will lead a “Paddling Adventure” on Saturday, May 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake Norris Conservation Area, located off County Road 44A in Eustis.

Paddlers will explore the Blackwater Creek of the Lake Norris Conservation Area discovering the beauty of the area while learning about blackwater systems and seeing different plants, birds and other wildlife.

The St. Johns River Water Management District purchased this 2,228-acre property in 1996. Acquisition of this site provides protection for Lake Norris’ hardwood swamp and Blackwater Creek, a major tributary of the Wekiva River. The property’s uplands provide important habitat for blacks bear and gopher tortoises. The Water Authority entered into an agreement with the District to become the lead manager for this site and provide recreational opportunities.

Suggested items to bring include hat, waterproof shoes, water, snacks, insect repellent and waterproof cameras. Guides can provide participants with canoes or kayaks, life vests and paddles; however, participants are welcome to bring their own canoes and kayaks, life vests and paddles. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver.
The free “Paddling Adventure” is limited to the first 15 vessels. To make reservations for the paddling adventure or for more information, call the Lake County Water Authority at (352) 343-3777.

For more information on 2010 events planned by the Lake County Parks & Trails Division, check out its new annual Events Guide, which is available online at www.lakecountyfl.gov, keyword: parks, or request a copy by calling Parks & Trails at (352) 253-4950.

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