Open Preserves

Camping / Canoes / Kayaks Availability:

Applications must be submitted two business days prior to the day of use.

Camping is available at the following preserves:  Lake Norris Conservation Area, Flat Island Preserve and Sawgrass Island. 

Kayaks and canoes are available at the following preserves:  
Crooked River Preserve:  There are 2 kayaks and 3 canoes available
Flat Island Preserve:  There are 4 canoes available
Lake Norris Conservation Area:  There are 4 canoes available
Hickory Point Park:  There are 11 kayaks available

You can use your own kayaks and canoes at any time.

In keeping with the Water Authority’s legislative mission for “controlling and conserving freshwater resources in Lake County,” and “preserving, protecting, and improving the fish and aquatic wildlife of the county,” the Citizens Advisory Committee on Conservation recommended in 1987 that LCWA acquire sites within Lake County needing protection.

Objectives of the Lake County Water Authority :

  • Conservation of our unique and irreplaceable natural resources by protecting the lands containing such biodiversity.
  • Utilization of these conservation lands for compatible public recreational activity.
  • Since 1989, the Water Authority has acquired over 6,300 acres for protection, either through purchase or donation. Of the 6,300 acres, approximately 71% is considered wetlands and the remaining 29% uplands support recreational opportunities.

Map of Preserve Locations

Guide to Open Preserves

Bourlay Historic Nature Park

Crooked River Preserve

Lake Norris Conservation Area

Flat Island Preserve

Hidden Waters Preserve

Sabal Bluff Preserve

Sawgrass Island Preserve