Prairie Lakes is a former ranch in the midst of the highest
concentration of bald eagle nesting in the lower 48 states. Dry
prairie, wet prairie, freshwater marsh, and pine flatwoods are the
major ecosystems found here, in addition to lakes Jackson,
Kissimmee, and Marian. Gravel roads and several trails, including a
section of the Florida Trail, traverse the area.
Bald eagles may be seen here year-round during all times of day.
Endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers nest here in several clusters
of more than 300 cavity trees; they are most active around dawn and
dusk. Look for crested caracaras, sandhill cranes, northern
bobwhites, red-shouldered hawks, burrowing owls, and wild turkeys.
White-tailed deer and wild hogs are also present.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
(407) 436-1818 or for primitive camping permit (352) 732-1225
From Kenansville, take Florida Highway 523 (Canoe Creek Road) 9
miles northwest. Park entrance is on the left (west).
Other Central Florida