Orlando Wetlands Park

Description:
Eighteen miles of dikes allow visitors to walk or bicycle trails that wrap around cattail marshes and open water in this artificial wetland designed to treat domestic wastewater. Trails also pass through a hardwood hammock.

Watchable wildlife:
The open water of the lake attracts wintering waterfowl, including blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, northern shovelers, and American wigeons. Wood storks, white ibis, black-crowned night herons, and other wading birds are also common in the winter. Bald eagles, limpkins, and red-shouldered hawks, black vultures, and turkey vultures can be seen throughout the year. Raccoons and river otters are often seen on the dikes.

Ownership:
City of Orlando

Contact:
(407) 568-1706

Directions:
From Orlando, drive east on Florida Highway 50 to Christmas.  Go north 2.3 miles on Fort Christmas Road (County Road 420), then 1.5 miles east on Wheeler Road (an unpaved road).  The parking area is on the left.

Related Sites:
Other Central Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks



FWC Facts:
The number of Florida residents who participate in wildlife viewing around their homes (3.3 million) would rank them as the 22nd largest state in the nation.

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