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Everglades Trail Kiosk #4, Three Lakes Management Area

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Kiosk #4
Prairie Lakes Unit, Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area
25 miles South of St. Cloud on SR 523 (Canoe Creek Rd)

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Above: Everglades Trail Kiosk #4.

This dry prairie habitat fosters much bird life. Regardless of when you visit, your chances of seeing a bald eagle are high. In addition to bird watching, visitors can also hunt, fish, hike, and camp while at the Prairie Lakes Unit.
Phone: (352) 732-1225 (FWC office.)
website: www.myfwc.com/recreation/WMASites_ThreeLakes_index.htm

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Above: A beautiful vista of a dry prairie. I had to stop and just look in awe.

Observations:
It took me two visits to find the kiosk. That is because of bridge construction on the first visit, which had closed the road that I had to go down. I finally found it on the second visit, in the parking area for the observation tower on the south end of Lake Jackson. At the very opposite of where I entered the preserve off Canoe Creek Road.

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Above: Look at Lake Jackson from the observation tower. (What--another place named after the manifest destiny president?!?)

This was the hardest off all the Everglades Trail kiosks to reach because of the distance I had to travel down the rugged preserve roads. And the final one I had to visit. Instead of the usual brochure box under the panels, a plastic brochure box on the side post had some brochures in it. Okay, I’ll count that as a brochure box.

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Above: Site specific panel.

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Above: All three panels in the kiosk.

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Above: Detail on the panel of the work to restore the Kissimmee River. An important part of the Everglades restoration plan.

I would recommend visiting with a truck, because a small car might not do very well on the unpaved roads. I was also leery about visiting during hunting season, but it was during the middle of the week, and I only saw one other vehicle in the preserve that appeared to be hunting.

The thing I really loved about this park was that it is old Florida that I remember from years ago. I did not see areas chocked off by exotic plants, and the hammocks filled with live oaks and sable palms I thought were absolutely beautiful. There is a driving tour of the preserve, and I ordered a brochure of it before I visited of the preserve and driving tour from the FWC web site. I really enjoyed my visit, even if the roads are unpaved.
Visited 11/6/2012.

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Above: Palm Hammock Trail; a short 1/4 mile trail that loops through a palm hammock. This is the old Florida that I really love, and brings back pleasant memories from my childhood. I remember when much of Seminole County looked like this, only to be gone forever.
Current Location:
the tropical hardwood hammock
Current Mood:
accomplished accomplished
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