TAVARES — The Lake County Water Authority (LCWA) unveiled this week an updated waterways map for the Clermont Chain of Lakes.
“These waterway maps have been extremely popular,” said Michael Perry, Executive Director of LCWA. “They assist visitors and local residents locate boat ramps and assist in navigation. Partnering with the County will make them more available to the public.”
The four-color, 12-panel map is available free at the LCWA office, located at 107 N. Lake Ave. in Tavares, and the Lake County Welcome Center, located at 20763 U.S. Highway 27 in Groveland. The design and funding of the new map was a cooperative effort between LCWA, Lake County Department of Tourism & Business Relations and Lake County Office of Information Outreach.
“The Clermont Chain of Lakes is a natural treasure for Lake County that is not only cherished by local residents, but it is also a significant draw for visiting recreational boaters, water skiers, paddlers and anglers,” said Greg Mihalic, Director of the Department of Tourism & Business Relations. “It was a natural progression for the LCWA and Welcome Center to partner on this project.”
With the LCWA and Department of Tourism & Business Relations providing the funding and technical expertise, the Office of Information Outreach assisted with the product design and content development.
“Designing these types of promotional and informational materials in-house greatly reduces production costs and allows funding to be used for larger print runs,” said Kelly LaFollette, Director of Information Outreach.
New features of the map include a more comprehensive safety section with boating-safety information from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit; Blueways trails marked by the Lake County Parks & Trails Division; and points of interest, such as Arnold Brothers Boat Ramp, Crooked River Preserve and Lake Louisa State Park.
Another updated map of the Harris Chain of Lakes is expected to be released next year. For more information about the new Clermont Chain of Lakes waterways map, call the LCWA at (352) 343-3777 or the Lake County Welcome Center at (800) 430-LAKE.