Lake Apopka, the fourth largest lake in Florida, is in the headwaters of the Ocklawaha chain of lakes.
It has been the site of significant marsh and floodplain restoration and the creation of a marsh flowway system that filters Lake Apopka’s waters by circulating lake water through restored wetlands. The wildlife drive meanders for 11 miles through the eastern portion of the property. We should see a large number of bird species. Wintering ducks are a highlight. Bring scopes if you have them since ducks may be far away in the impoundments. We should see over 70 species. Meet trip leader Alan Shapiro at 8:00 am to explore this birding hotspot.
Take I-75 South to the Turnpike South, and then get on 429 North. Get off on OcoeeApopka Road and head north. Go left on Harmon, then right on Binion, then left on Lust Road. Gather at the small parking area on the right just before the gate at the Wildlife Drive entrance where Alan will be waiting. From Gainesville, meet at the Target parking lot on Archer Road at 6:00 am to carpool so we minimize the number of cars on the wildlife drive. If anyone wants to stick around, we can go for lunch and Alan will take us to another area in the afternoon.