Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive reopens Sept. 6

People walking toward Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Lake Apopka North Shore - Wildlife drive

People walking toward Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Following a post-Dorian inspection, the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive will reopen to the public on Sept. 6.

Popular birding, photography destination was closed for Hurricane Dorian

MAITLAND, Fla., Sept. 5, 2019 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is reopening the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive for regular operating hours Sept. 6.

Following an inspection today, staff found no significant damage from Hurricane Dorian to the popular weekend birding destination.

Housed within the district’s 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore restoration area, the wildlife drive opened in May 2015. Its success is attributed to not only housing a diverse bird population but also providing unprecedented access to the unique area.

The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is open year-round between sunrise and sunset on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays, including Christmas Day. There is no cost to visit the wildlife drive.

Trail guides, maps and more information about recreational opportunities on lands owned and managed by the district are available at