Hickory Point

This 68-acre multi-use facility presents a unique recreational waterfront park experience. Popular activities for park guests of all ages include a nature boardwalk & trail, outdoor picnic areas with barbecue grills, a playground, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball court, swimming beach, and open-field play areas.
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Upcoming Paddling, Hiking and Clean-up Events at our Preserves

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* * * Regular Meeting 3:30 pm, Feb. 22, 2017, Admin Bldg, County Commissioners Chambers, 315 W Main Street, Tavares * * *

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Welcome to the Lake County Water Authority

The mission of the Lake County Water Authority is to conserve and protect freshwater resources and to provide recreational facilities and education to foster tourism through a more efficient use of resources, to better the aquatic ecosystem and environment in Lake County and improve the community as a whole.

Lake County Water Authority Current News


NOTICE OF INTENDED DECISION Two (2) Single Vault Waterless Turn-Key Restrooms at Sawgrass Island Preserve Bid 2017-01 At their February 22, 2017, Regular Meeting, the Lake County Water Authority Board of Trustees conditionally awarded the Two (2) Single Vault...

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Board Meeting Annoucements

MEETING NOTICE Two or more members of the Lake County Water Authority Board may attend the Hickory Point 25th Anniversary Event from 9:30 am until 2:30 pm, February 25, 2017, at 27341 SR 19, Tavares, FL, 32778.   Anyone having questions regarding the meeting,...

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Workshop Annoucement

MEETING NOTICE The Lake County Water Authority will be holding a Workshop from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on March 9, 2017 in the Lake County Water Authority Conference Room, 27351 SR 19, Tavares, FL 32778.   Anyone having questions regarding the meeting, please contact...

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Water Restrictions Change November 6

Watering restrictions change Nov. 6 Reset your sprinklers when you reset your clocks to mark the end of daylight saving time at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. The change coincides with a shift in watering restrictions across the St. Johns River Water Management District,...

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Springs of Lake County

Lake County has four spring-fed lakes. They are Lake Harris, Little Lake Harris, Lake Apopka, and Lake Norris. . .

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See How LCWA’s NuRF is Restoring Lake County’s Lakes!

NuRFFlowDischarge from Lake Apopka is the single largest controllable source of pollution in Lake County. The NuRF utilizes off-line liquid alum injection to remove pollutants flowing out of Lake Apopka into the rest of the Harris Chain of Lakes. Alum was selected because of its reliability and history of successful use in many different water treatment applications.

Once alum combines with pollutants in the water, it forms heavy snowflake-like particles called “floc” which sink to the bottom. To collect the floc, two 9-acre settling ponds were constructed. The alum floc will be pumped from the ponds using a remote control dredge to a centrifuge for dewatering.

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Orlando Sentinel
March 23, 2017

A stubborn dry spell in Florida has finally morphed into a “moderate” drought for much of the Orlando area, according to the widely watched U.S. Drought Monitor, which updates its national map every Thursday.

The online report shows that the eastern half of Orange County, most of Seminole and all of Osceola are in a “D1” or moderate drought. Lake County is still in the category of abnormally dry.

Late winter and early spring ordinarily span the region’s driest part of the year and forecasters have taken that into account, said David Zierden, state climatologist in Tallahassee.

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that Florida is more gripped by drought now than California, which had been crippled by drought until heavy rains this winter.

But during the past three months, much of Central Florida has recorded a rainfall deficit of 4 to 5 inches, he said.

Orlando, according to the National Weather Service, has had 3 inches of rain since the start of the year, which is 4.3 inches less than normal. Until Thursday, the city’s rainfall for this month had been less than a tenth of an inch.

Going further back, the region has not had a drenching since Hurricane Matthew in October.

Forecasters have blamed the lack of rain on a La Nina condition, in which the Pacific near the equator cools off and the atmosphere over Southern states turns drier.

With spring advancing and daily temperatures starting to rise, the moderate drought will start to draw more attention with wildfires, shriveling streams and rivers and suffering lawns, Zierden said.

“The impacts are going to be a lot more noticeable,” he said.

For the past several weeks, the area of moderate drought has remained well south of Orlando, extending from the Stuart area across the state to Sarasota and Fort Myers.

Now, a large area of interior South Florida is suffering from severe drought.

Overall, Florida is experiencing much more drought than California, which, until heavy, damaging rains in recent months, had been suffering from years of crippling drought.

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Please come join us for a Nature Hike with a Naturalist at Hidden Waters Preserve on April 8th at 9am. Spaces are limited so please RSVP at 352-324-6141 ext. 0. Be prepared for a strenuous hike as we will take on the 105 feet elevation incline. ... See MoreSee Less

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A very successful fishing tournament, the FLW Tour competition, took place this past week in the Harris Chain of Lakes. Hosted by Lake County, the FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2017 across five tournament circuits. In this tournament, pros and co-anglers were randomly paired each day, with pros supplying the boat, controlling boat movement and competing against other pros. Co-anglers fish from the back deck against other co-anglers. The full field of 326 anglers competed Thursday and Friday. Co-angler competition concluded following Friday’s weigh-in, while the top 20 pros based on their two-day accumulated weight advanced to Saturday. Only the top 10 pros continued competition Sunday, with the winner determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from the four days of competition.

The winning angler caught 20 bass, weighing 73 pounds 9 ounces. Overall there were 50 bass weighing 149 pounds, 10 ounces caught by pros Sunday. All of the final 10 pros weighed in five-bass limits. All of the fish were released alive. The tournament results shows that the lakes and the fishery are doing very well.

Television coverage of the FLW Tour at the Harris Chain of Lakes will premiere in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) May 3 from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. EDT. The Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show airs on NBCSN, the Pursuit Channel and the World Fishing Network and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. This will be incredible coverage for the community.
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The SJRWMD is beginning to lower the water level of Lake Griffin to the minimum desirable level for the Moss Bluff Dam rehabilitation work. The plan is to soon start discharging 150 cfs at the dam to gradually lower the lake water level by mid-April. Some water will be let into Emeralda Marsh Area 3 to raise it to lake level in preparation for later reconnection to the lake. The current lake level is 57.64 ft. and the target elevation is 56.96 ft., so the water level will be reduced by 0.68 ft. Construction is expected to last into mid-summer when the lake level should recover during the typical rainy season. ... See MoreSee Less

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Lake County Water Authority

27351 SR 19
Tavares, FL 32778

P: (352) 324-6141
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