Lake Norris Conservation Area

About this property

Lake Norris is a spectacular darkwater lake and the Lake Norris Conservation Area was purchased to protect the extensive hardwood swamp that lies on the western shore of the lake and the shoreline of Black Water Creek, a major tributary of the Wekiva River. The upland portion of the conservation area consists of improved pasture, scrub and planted pine.

One of the special highlights of this property is its high concentration of osprey nests. The cypress that ring the outer perimeter of this blackwater lake boasts one of the highest concentrations of nesting osprey in central Florida. Staff at the Boy Scout Camp located on the northern shore of the lake have reported counting more than 100 active nests in the cypress trees that ring the lake.

Visitors here may enjoy a short canoe or kayak trip up Blackwater Creek from the trailhead off Lake Norris Road or rent a canoe for the day through the Lake County Water Authority.

Wildlife viewing

Please respect Florida’s wildlife and use caution while visiting district lands. These are wild animals. For your safety, do not approach or feed any wild animal. A habitat for many animals and birds dependent on a wetlands environment, this property expands the Florida black bear corridor. Also found here are osprey, gopher tortoises, alligators and various types of snakes.

Recreational activities
  1. Hiking, wildlife viewing, nature study, fishing, horseback riding, bicycling and canoeing.
  2. Primitive camping by permit from the Lake County Water Authority (LCWA).
  3. Rental canoes are available by contacting the LCWA.
  4. Geocache located on property. Please visit our geocache database for more information.

Access is off Lake Norris Road. For details and to get driving directions from your location, see the Google Maps link on this page.