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Hike-Prairie Lakes Unit Three Lakes WMA 12 miles

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Feb 10 8:30AM - 4:30PM

Let's return to the Prairie Lakes Unit of Three Lakes WMA. We'll meet at the Canoe Creek Trailhead in the Prairie Lakes Unit and hike both loops (figure-8 style) for up to 12 miles. There is an "8-figured loop" that we'll be hiking, part of which is on the Florida National Scenic Trail (orange blaze) and part white-blaze. Trail maintenance was done this week but conditions are unknown and some areas recently in a controlled burn may not be well-blazed.

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ABOUT THREE LAKES WMA (from Florida Hikes)

http://floridahikes.com/florida-trail-three-lakes (http://floridahikes.com/florida-trail-three-lakes)

One of the largest expanses of open prairie remaining in the Southeast, the Kissimmee Prairie straddles the Kissimmee River between the southern fridge of suburbia in Kissimmee-St. Cloud and the north shore of Lake Okeechobee. At Three Lakes WMA (which includes the Prairie Lakes Unit), hikers can feel the grandeur of this vast prairie ecosystem. Once one of the last open ranges for cattle in the region, these conservation lands encompass nearly 64,000 acres, much of it low-lying and wet. These wet prairies around Lake Kissimmee are crucial wintering grounds for sandhills cranes and whooping cranes. Providing several different hiking routes, the Florida Trail offers backpackers a place to explore this unique landscape.

WHAT TO BRING
PLEASE BRING: 2 or more liters of water (REQUIRED). RECOMMENDED: Lunch, snacks, insect repellent, sunscreen and proper footwear. Parts of the trail will be shaded and parts will be sunny. Depending on weather conditions, the trail can get muddy or wet. Restroom facilities are not available at the trailhead. This hike is considered strenuous level due to distance and unknown trail conditions. Please be in good physical condition. This should not be your first hike.

Carpooling - Encouraged due to limited parking. If you would like to carpool please post a comment.

Fee- A daily-use permit, charged by the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission, is $3 per person or $6 per non-commercial vehicle at a self-pay station. Through hikers on the Florida Trail are exempt.

DIRECTIONS

The access road for the trailhead along SR 523 (Canoe Creek Road) is 21 miles south of the junction of Canoe Creek Rd and US 192 in St. Cloud, and 8 miles north of Lake Marian. Look for signs leading back 0.1 mile to the parking area on the right.

LUNCH (optional)

For those interested, we can grab lunch after the hike

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