Open Preserves

Effective March 23rd, the Lake County Water Authority has closed its offices, parks and preserves to public access.  It is a decision not made in haste or taken lightly.  The federal and state governments along with many of our cities have had similar tough decisions to make.  While the parks and preserves are closed, our staff is working diligently, subject to social distancing guidelines, to improve and upgrade our facilities.  It is our intention to reopen these areas for the full enjoyment of our citizens as soon as safely possible.

Covid-19 is in the early stages of rapidly spreading throughout our community.  We all have witnessed how it can quickly overwhelm healthcare systems and medical professionals.  Our agency has made a decision that will hopefully reduce these extreme conditions from occurring in Lake County.  We chose to exercise caution and think about those with whom our staff or members of the public might come into contact, including those with a very vulnerable family member.  An inconvenience to us may save the life of someone else’s loved one.


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.

Bourlay Historic Nature Park

Crooked River Preserve

Flat Island Preserve

Hidden Waters Preserve

Lake Norris Conservation Area

Sabal Bluff Preserve

Sawgrass Island Preserve