Dr. Erich Marzolf, director of the District’s Division of Water and Land Resources, making the first donation to support recreational maintenance at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive and Lake Apopka North Shore.

New contribution process developed at the request of users of the District’s most popular property

From the St. Johns River Water Management District

Visitors to the St. Johns River Water Management District’s widely popular Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive (LAWD) at the Lake Apopka North Shore (LANS) now have the option to donate toward the drive’s upkeep. Online credit or debit card donations will assist with expenses for sanitation, security, maintenance of levees, roads and trails, and brochures, maps and other educational materials.

Nearly 200,000 people visit LAWD each year and it is by far the District’s most visited attraction, resulting in excessive wear and tear.

As with all District properties, admission to the LAWD remains free of charge. The link to donate is www.sjrwmd.com/LAWD-donate.

The wildlife drive is a one-way, 11-mile drive meandering through the eastern portion of the property, beginning at Lust Road in Apopka. Also, Lake Apopka Loop Trail is available for non-motorized visitors and follows the lake’s edge through the property, covering more than 20 miles and providing hiking and biking opportunities.

Visit www.sjrwmd.com/lands/recreation/lake-apopka for more information about the recreational opportunities that await at the LANS.

St. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the District and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The District encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Maitland, Jacksonville and Palm Bay. Connect on Twitter at @SJRWMDFacebookInstagram and Pinterest. For more information about the District, please visit www.sjrwmd.com.

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