Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive to open April 1

Bailey bridges at County Road 448A
Bailey bridges at County Road 448A

The re-decking of the Bailey bridges at County Road 448A (McDonald Boat Ramp) is complete.

PALATKA, Fla., March 31, 2023 — Maintenance on the Baily bridges at Country Road 448A has been completed ahead of schedule and the St. Johns River Water Management District will reopen the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive to vehicular traffic Saturday, April 1.

The drive is a one-way, 11-mile drive meandering through the eastern portion of the District’s Lake Apopka North Shore property. Visitors will want to plan for approximately one to three hours to complete the experience, depending on the usage and how many stops they choose to make along the way. Stopping is limited to designated pull-outs provided along the length of the drive.

The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive entrance gate is open for vehicular traffic between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays. All vehicles must exit the drive by 5 p.m.

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