Lake County Water Authority has moved locations. Our new address is 27351 SR 19 Tavares, FL 32778

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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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GIS Web Apps

Access Lake County Water Authority’s GIS Web Application center.

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UF/IFAS Water School

Watch the video presentations from the Lake Sumter Water School:

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Upcoming Paddling, Hiking and Clean-up Events at our Preserves

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* * * Regular Meeting 3:30 pm, Dec. 14, 2016, 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

Lake Cleanup & Upcoming Events

Love Our Lakes Cleanup and other activities that you may be interested in…. Saturday, December 10th, 9:00 am – Noon – Love Our Lakes cleanup event at Wooton Park and Hickory Point Park.  Looking for folks to help us keep our lakes clean. You can have your own vessel...

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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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Lake Information

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After receiving approximately 4 inches of rainfall associated with Hurricane Matthew, there has been very little rain since. For November, only an average of 0.07 inches fell countywide. For 2016, we have received 93% of the normal rainfall to date. Rainfall is measured at 6 gauges throughout Lake County. Rainfall can differ greatly throughout the County. The gauge at the Emeralda Marsh in northern part of the County is 13.56 inches below the annual average and the gauge at Brown Shinn Road in the southern part of the County is 5.42 inches above the annual average. Lake levels in the Harris Chain, the Clermont Chain of Lakes and flow from Big and Little Creek into the Clermont Chain has responded accordingly.

In the Clermont Chain, Lake Minnehaha is at 97.05 ft. Following Hurricane Matthew the lake approached, but never exceeded, the upper end of the regulatory range of 97.5 ft. Flow from Big Creek peaked at 352 cfs and Little Creek peaked at 327 cfs for a combined flow of 679 cfs. As of today, flow from Big Creek was 18 cfs and 15 cfs from Little Creek for a combined flow of 33 cfs. All of the dams were closed on November 16th when the lake reached 97.11 ft.

Lakes in the Harris Chain have responded in a similar way to the dry conditions. As of today, Lake Apopka is at 65.51 ft. which is 0.11 ft. above the minimum desirable level of 65.40 ft. and 0.63 ft. below the regulatory level of 66.14 ft. The middle lakes (Eustis, Harris, Dora and Beauclair) are at 61.84 ft. which is 0.37 ft. below the regulatory level of 62.21 ft. and are 0.84 ft. above the minimum desirable level of 61.00 ft. Lake Griffin is presently at 57.54, which is 0.67 ft. below the regulatory level of 58.21 ft. and 0.54 ft. above the minimum desirable level of 57.00 ft.

With the rainy season and hurricane season over, dryer conditions typically prevail through the winter and early spring. Lake levels are associated with rainfall and will typically decline during extended periods of dry conditions.
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Sawgrass Island Preserve • Holiday Stress Buster Hike • Sunday, December 18th, at 9:00 am

Who is ready for an adventure? Join Lake County Water Authority Naturalists at 9 am for a 5 mile hike December 18th at the 1,168-acre Sawgrass Island Preserve and discover this natural beauty right here in Lake County. This hike isn’t for the faint of heart, so come prepared with your hiking boots and drinking water. Space is limited to 15 hikers so please call the Lake County Water Authority at 352-324-6141, ext. 0 to register or email
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TOMORROW - Saturday, October 29th, 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Our Biologist Ben Gugliotti will be hosting a “HalloWeed” event at Hidden Waters Preserve in Eustis.

Ben will be talking about this property with its beautiful topography and its connection to the aquifer, while participants will also focus on helping us get rid of some terrible weeds that have invaded the preserve – coral ardisia, rosary pea vine and balsam apple vine. All part of the annual recognition of the impact of invasive species on our natural areas.

Come out to enjoy this unique property and at the same time helping us for 1- 2 hours would be great!

Email or 352-516-4825 let Ben know you are coming. Meet Ben at the Country Club Road parking area 9:00 am in Eustis.
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Lake County Water Authority

27351 SR 19
Tavares, FL 32778

P: (352) 324-6141
F: (352) 324-6364

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