Open Preserves

The Lake County Water Authority is encouraging people to use  our online services whenever possible and adhere to the recommendations outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health.

Camping permits and/or the  use of the Water Authority Canoes/Kayaks will be limited to one group per weekend at this time.  As always you are welcome to use your own canoes and kayaks on any day of the week.
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In keeping with the Water Authority’s legislative mission for “controlling and conserving freshwater resources in Lake County,” and “preserving, protecting, and improving the fish and aquatic wildlife of the county,” the Citizens Advisory Committee on Conservation recommended in 1987 that LCWA acquire sites within Lake County needing protection.


Objectives of the Lake County Water Authority :

  • Conservation of our unique and irreplaceable natural resources by protecting the lands containing such biodiversity.
  • Utilization of these conservation lands for compatible public recreational activity.

Since 1989, the Water Authority has acquired over 6,300 acres for protection, either through purchase or donation. Of the 6,300 acres, approximately 71% is considered wetlands and the remaining 29% uplands support recreational opportunities.

Map of Preserve Locations

Guide to Open Preserves

Bourlay Historic Nature Park

Crooked River Preserve

Lake Norris Conservation Area

Flat Island Preserve

Hidden Waters Preserve

Sabal Bluff Preserve

Sawgrass Island Preserve