CLERMONT — Park Rangers with the Lake County Parks & Trails Division, along with staff from the Lake County Water Authority (LCWA), will lead a guided paddling trip and informative nature hike at the Crooked River Preserve and the Palatlakaha River Park on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Participants will meet at the Crooked River Preserve, located at 1121 Lake Louisa Road, Clermont. There, they will learn about the aquifer and aquatic vegetation along the river before setting out in kayaks for a quick paddle to Palatlakaha River Park. At the park, Park Rangers will give an overview of restoration efforts and endangered plants and animals.
Suggested items to bring include appropriate footwear and clothing, water, snacks, insect repellent and waterproof cameras. The Lake County Water Authority will be providing participants with canoes or kayaks, life vests and paddles; however, participants are welcome to bring their own canoes & kayaks, life vests and paddles. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver.
The free event is limited to the first 15 individuals to place reservations. To make reservations or for more information, call the Lake County Water Authority at (352) 343-3777.
This activity requires an average to moderate level of fitness, and includes a 2-4 mile paddle on a blueway with obstructions or currents.
For more information, call the Lake County Parks & Trails Division at (352) 253-4950, email firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks.