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About Lake Panasoffkee

Acquired to preserve Lake Panasoffkee’s vast floodplain forest, the land also preserves pine flatwoods, freshwater marshes and oak scrub forest. As the land continues to rise, pines and scrub oaks of upland sandhills replace the wetland forest trees. A comprehensive restoration effort of Lake Panasoffkee has been completed to enhance both the water quality of the lake and recreational opportunities.

Recreational Opportunities

Bicycling

  • Approximately 18 miles of multiuse trails.
  • Bicyclists are required to stay on designated and marked trails.
  • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.

Bird Watching

  • Site located on western section of Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.
  • Contact FWC for more information.

Boating and Paddling
  • Available at nearby Coleman Landing Public Boat Ramp.

Camping

  • Separate sites available for equestrian and primitive camping.
  • Sites have picnic tables, fire rings and/or grills.
  • Eight horse stalls with water; free to campers on first-come, first-served basis. Users responsible for cleaning stalls.
  • A free reservation is required and must be displayed or available at campground.

Equestrian Use

  • Approximately 18 miles of multiuse trails.
  • Riders are required to stay on designated or marked trails.
  • Each rider must carry proof of horse‚Äôs current negative Coggins test.
  • Horse-drawn buggy riding requires a free day-use reservation for buggy access behind locked gate.
  • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.

Fishing

  • Little Jones Creek and two borrow pits on far eastern side of property.
  • Lake Panasoffkee inaccessible from property due to thick marsh vegetation.
  • Contact FWC for license requirements.

Hiking

  • Approximately 18 miles of multiuse trails.
  • Prepare for wet hiking; some trails are excessively wet during certain times of year.

Hunting

  • Contact FWC for information regarding license requirements and permits.
  • FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout the year.

Picnic Facilities

  • Large pavilion with picnic tables and grills in day-use area. A free reservation is required to
    reserve the pavilion.

Access and Parking

  • South side of SR 44, two miles west of I-75.
  • South side of Warm Springs Avenue.

Restrooms and Water

  • ADA accessible toilet available.
  • Restrooms adjacent to picnic pavilion.
  • Nonpotable water available at equestrian and primitive campgrounds.

Location

West-central Sumter County, west of Wildwood

Nearby Recreation Lands

For More Information

  • Reservations may be made at WaterMatters.org/Reservation.
  • Land Resources, Southwest Florida Water Management District, 1-800-423-1476 (FL only)
    or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4470


Visit this Property

ClosedLimited access during upcoming hunt. See dates here.

Street Address

7519 NW 18th Way
Wildwood, FL 34785
(Google map)

Size

9,911 acres

Hours of Operation

  • Daily from sunrise to sunset.
  • Open to public access year-round except during special opportunity hunts. For more information, visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at MyFWC.com.

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Conservation Lands of Southwest Florida
Florida Wilderness

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