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Hurricane Nicole in Orange County

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive remains closed

A downed powerline at the exit and high-water levels throughout the drive


Today, the St. Johns River Water Management District re-opened several of their lands and all the navigational locks.

These properties include:

  • Blue Cypress Conservation Area
  • Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area
  • Fellsmere Water Management Area
  • Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area
    • Hike-in campsites remain closed due to flooding.
  • Micco Water Management Area
  • Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area
    • Open for duck hunt scouting later today.
    • The south side of the prairie is still closed due to high water levels.
  • River Lakes Conservation Area
  • Three Forks Conservation Area

While some activities may be limited, our properties have many recreational opportunities to offer, including hiking, birding, horseback riding, fishing, and more.

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive will remain closed due to a downed powerline at the exit and high-water levels throughout the drive.

Staff will continue to reassess these properties and re-open them as soon as they are safe for visitors.

For the most up-to-date list of open District properties, visit our website at www.sjrwmd.com/lands/recreation/announcements/. The list will be updated on a regular basis as staff continues to perform their safety assessments.

About the St. Johns River Water Management District

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 Apopka, Jacksonville, and Palm Bay.

 For more information about the district, please visit www.sjrwmd.com.

SJRWMD, St. John's River Water Management District, Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, Hurricane Nicole


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