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, April 26, 2017, Admin Bldg, County Commissioners Chambers, 315 W Main Street, Tavares * * *

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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.

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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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NOTICE - Tab 7 - Renewal of Disc Golf at Hidden Waters Agreement has been POSTPONED from the April 26, 2017 Board Meeting until the May 24, 2017 Board Meeting. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Central Florida area has been very dry with little rainfall since Hurricane Matthew. It has been extremely dry since the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017. We ended 2016 with a 4.78 rainfall deficit or 90.53% of average. Lake County is experiencing an additional 3.72 deficit or 56.74% of average rainfall for 2017.

The lakes have responded accordingly.

Lake Minnehaha, the reference lake for the Clermont Chain, has fallen below the bottom end of the regulatory range (96.0 ft. to 97.5 ft. MSL) and as of this morning is at 95.95 ft. MSL. There has been no flow from Little Creek since March 23, 2017 and the flow from Big Creek is 0.26 cfs (cubic ft. per second) or 117 gpm (gallons per minute). As a comparison, in October 2016 after Hurricane Matthew, the combine flow for Big and Little Creek was 679 cfs or 304,871 gpm. The Cherry Lake Dam was closed on November 17, 2016 when Lake Minnehaha was at 97.11 ft. MSL.

For the Harris Chain of Lakes, Lake Apopka fell below the minimum desirable level of 65.40 ft. on March 3, 2017 and is currently at 64.90 ft. There has been no water released from Lake Apopka since May, 2016. The middle lakes (Beauclair, Carlton, Dora, Eustis and Harris) are currently at 61.25 ft., slightly above the minimum desirable level of 61.00 ft. For Lake Griffin, the SJRWMD has been bringing the lake down to the minimum desirable level to accommodate repairs to the Moss Bluff structure. The lake is currently at 57.175 ft. slightly above the minimum desirable level of 56.90 ft.

This is the typically dry time of year and the rainy season doesn’t usually get going until mid-June. This time of year is when evaporation rates are at their highest (warm days, bright sunny skies and relatively low humidity) and irrigation rates are also at their highest. As such, the lake levels may continue to fall unless the area receives some significant rainfall soon.
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Come check out our improved playground. We have installed rubber mulch to help keep the children safe!!!!

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Great hike today @ Hidden Waters Preserve!!Perfect weather!!!! These hikes are also awesome for photographers, we had three join us today!!! Check out Hidden Waters when you get a chance and take your camera. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Central Florida area has been very dry with little rainfall since Hurricane Matthew. For the Clermont Chain, the Cherry Lake dam was closed on November 16, 2016 when Lake Minnehaha reached 97.11 ft. Lake Minnehaha is at 96.30 ft. as of this afternoon, down nearly a foot from a high of 97.43 ft. following Hurricane Matthew. Flow from Big and Little Creek into Lake Louisa was at a high of 679 cubic ft. per second (cfs) or 304,871 gallons per minute (gpm) after Hurricane Matthew and is now only 1.24 cfs or 566 gpm due to dry conditions.

This time of year, with increasing temperatures, bright sunny days and relatively low humidity, lakes can lose as much as ¼ inch a day due to evaporation. The summer rainy season usually doesn’t get going until well into June. Unless the area gets significant rain before then, the lake levels will continue to decline. All of the dams on the Palatlakaha River are closed and the Cherry Lake dam in particular has been closed since November 16, 2016.
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Lake County Water Authority

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Tavares, FL 32778

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