Upcoming Hiking and Paddling Events

Upcoming Hikes and Preserve Tours

Please call the Lake County Water Authority at 352-324-6141 ext. 0 to register.

(Notice:  No reservations will be taken more than 30 days in advance of event.)

  • January 27, 2018 – Flat Island Preserve Long Hike – 9 am until 1 pm

Come join our Naturalists on January 27, 2018 for an approximate 5 mile hike of a very shaded Flat Island Loop.  We will learn a lot about this unique piece of property owned by the Lake County Water Authority.  We will also get to explore the wildflower meadow.  Please bring some water and wear good hiking boots/shoes.  Bug spray would be advisable too, just in case.  Bring a lunch to keep in your car and we can brown bag in the campsite afterwards and relax.  Ask the Naturalist any questions you may have.

Please RSVP since spots will be limited.  Call (352) 324-6141 ex. 0 to reserve your spot today.  Happy Hiking!

ADDITIONAL TENTATIVE HIKES for 2017-2018 – MORE INFORMATION TO COME

  • February 10, 2018 – Pre-Sweetheart Open House Hike at Wolfbranch Sink Preserve:
  • March 10, 2018 – Flat Island Preserve Bat Hike (evening with S’mores)
  • April 14, 2018 – Hidden Waters Preserve Fitness Hike

Upcoming Paddling Adventures

Please call the Lake County Water Authority at 352-324-6141 ext. 0 to register.  Space is limited.

(Notice:  No reservations will be taken more than 30 days in advance of event.)

 

Friday, February 2, 2018
CROOKED RIVER NIGHTTIME PADDLING ADVENTURE  –   Difficulty Level 3
Crooked River Preserve / 6-9 p.m.

Participants will launch from the Water Authority’s Crooked River Preserve to explore this outstanding Florida waterway. Navigating by
headlamp, rangers will lead the paddlers downstream to Lake Susan to view nighttime critters. Paddlers are encouraged to bring a headlamp

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Saturday, March 24, 2018
STAGGER MUD RUN PADDLING ADVENTURE – Difficulty Level 3
Powell’s Campground / 9 a.m.-noon

Launching from Powell’s campground in Astor this guided trip will take paddlers into Lake Dexter and Stagger Mud Lake. The shorelines offer scenic vistas and opportunities for wetland animal species observation.

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Friday, May 18, 2018
SCRUB POINT PADDLING ADVENTURE – Difficulty Level 3
Scrub Point Preserve / 9 a.m.-noon

Experienced or novice paddlers are invited to join wildlife experts as they canoe or kayak on John’s Lake during this waterway adventure.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018
BEGINNERS PADDLING CLASS – Difficulty Level 1
Hickory Point Recreational Facility / 9 a.m.-noon

Annual class teaches the basics of paddling and introduces novices to different types of canoes and kayaks with naturalists leading the group on a fun paddle on Little Lake Harris.

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Saturday, October 6, 2018
BLACKWATER CREEK PADDLING ADVENTURE – Difficulty Level 2
Lake Norris Conservation Area / 9 a.m.-noon

Considered one of the best paddles in Lake County, staff will guide participants on a tour of the renowned Blackwater Creek, part of the Wekiva Wild and Scenic River system. Paddlers can expect to see wading birds, ibis, osprey, warblers and more.

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Friday, November 2, 2018
PADDLING ADVENTURE – Difficulty Level 2
McDonald Canal Boat Ramp / 9 a.m.-noon

Join Parks and LCWA staff in a guided paddle along the Apopka-Beauclair Canal from McDonald Canal Boat Ramp south to Lake
Apopka. This area is all inside of the Lake Apopka North Shore and home to an abundance of birds and other wildlife