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Kissimmee River Public Use Area gets 2,209 more acres

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3200

The South Florida Water Management District has added 2,209 acres to the Kissimmee River Public Use Area (PUA) in eastern Highlands County.

The area, popular with hunters, horseback riders, froggers, campers and airboaters, now comprises an impressive 30,804 acres. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which manages recreational activity on the area, a portion of the Florida Trail runs through the PUA, making it a favorite among hikers as well.

The largest portion of the acquisition, the Cornwell Marsh - West Unit, totals 1,830 acres.  This parcel lies north of U.S. 98, between the Kissimmee River and the Istokpoga Canal.

The Seaboard Marsh - South Unit is an L-shaped parcel of 379 acres south of U.S. 98, off the north and east side of Underhill Road.

If you would like more information on the public recreational opportunities available on the Kissimmee River PUA call the FWC's Southwest Region office at 863-648-3200.

FWC Facts:
The FWC protects and manages more than 200 native species of freshwater fish and more than 500 native species of saltwater fish.

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