Road, water-flow construction close access to 3 lakes at Tenoroc
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426
Public access to lakes 2, 3 and 4 at the Tenoroc Fish Management
Area (FMA) in Lakeland will temporarily close on Nov. 4. The three
FMA lakes and their access roads will remain closed until sometime
in 2012, when road improvements and construction of a new
water-flow path are completed.
Road closures also affect access to the south boat ramp at Lake
5, but that lake will remain open to anglers through access from
the north boat ramp off Tenoroc Mine Road.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued an
executive order to close portions of the FMA, because there are no
options for detours around the construction that would safely allow
access to fishing in this un-reclaimed portion of the former
While temporarily inconvenient, benefits of the "re-plumbing"
job to anglers should be noticeable. The new water-control system
is part of a plan to improve water quantity and quality in the
Upper Saddle Creek Basin, by creating a series of new wetlands
interconnected with existing lakes. The system will direct water
from the north through the FMA, then into Saddle Creek. Once the
work is completed, project personnel will have the ability to
manage lake water levels and flows for more effective fishery
management, while providing much-needed water downstream during
Part of the plan to improve water flow through the eastern
portion of the FMA is already complete. A wide variety of wildlife
species, including ducks and wading birds, have already populated a
new 150-acre wetland where only thick brush and nonnative
vegetation used to grow.
The majority of lakes at the FMA remain open to public fishing.
Anglers can pick up the required daily use permit at the FMA office
on Tenoroc Mine Road.
For more information about
fishing at Tenoroc FMA, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing (select