Announcements and property closures

Following is a list of properties that are closed or have portions closed due to ongoing land management activities. We regret the temporary inconvenience, but the closures are necessary for public safety. If you have concerns or comments about any of these activities, please contact us at landmgmt@sjrwmd.com or 386-329-4404.

Orange Creek Restoration Area

Posted 7-21-2021

Effective July 21, 2021, the northern portion of the white trail and boat ramp at Orange Creek Restoration Area is closed until further notice for the public’s safety. The District is conducting an aquatic vegetation harvest on the open water portion or Orange Creek Restoration Area to improve water quality and natural resource management. See map.

Map of Orange Creek Restoration Area

Lake Apopka North Shore

Posted 1-7-2021

Construction of the new Magnolia Park Eco-tourism Center has resulted in the temporary closure of the park, which is one of several access points to the Lake Apopka Loop Trail. Information about Orange County’s construction project at Magnolia Park can be found here.

Other entrances to the Lake Apopka North Shore are:

  • Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead, 20700 County Road 455, Minneola
  • North Shore Trailhead at 24600 County Road 448A, Mount Dora
  • Clay Island Trailhead, 22526 Carolyn Lane, Astatula
  • Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive entrance, 2850 Lust Road, Apopka
Map of Lake Apopka North Shore with closed trail indicated

Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area

Posted 11-20-2020

An area within Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area totaling 229 acres (see map) will undergo a second thinning timber sale. The Interpretive Drive may be impacted by the thinning operation. When work is underway, please be careful with the logging trucks entering and exiting the property. The contract allows the work to be conducted through October 21, 2021. This work could impact hunting within the Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area.

Map of area around Lochloosa Lake