PALATKA, Fla., Feb. 9, 2022 — Thanks to donations made to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, the St. Johns River Water Management District and volunteers were able to provide a new resting place for both birds and humans alike, complete with picnic tables, covered shelter area and bird perches.

The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is a one-way, 11-mile drive meandering through the eastern portion of the District’s Lake Apopka North Shore property. Beginning at Lust Road the drive can take anywhere between one to three hours depending on how many stops visitors choose to make along the way. There is also an audio tour available for those who can’t make it out to the property. The audio tour provides an overview of the District’s work on the Lake Apopka North Shore to restore the lake and its wetlands, as well as how staff work to enhance wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities.

The Lake Apopka North Shore, including the Wildlife Drive, is free to visit. However, the District receives donations from the public in order to support sanitation, recreational maintenance, security, and visitor brochures and maps. To learn more about the Lake Apopka North Shore property and the Wildlife Drive, visit

District Senior Trades Workers and Electrical and Mechanical Specialist
District Senior Trades Workers Cindy Conklin (left) and Scott Jalbrzykowski (right), along with Electrical and Mechanical Specialist John Donohue work to finish the shelter area at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive.