Campground on Lake Kissimmee Proposed
A future campground is included in the planning for a 142-acre park near Lake Wales, Fla. The park is proposed for the southwest shore of Lake Kissimmee near the former Shady Oaks Fish Camp.
County commissioners agreed last year to work with the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to develop and maintain the park, according to The Ledger, Lakeland.
Bill Graf, spokesman for the agency, said tentative plans are to have the park open by the summer of 2009.
County and water district officials met at the site in June 2006 to discuss development of the new park. The land is part of a 3,000-acre parcel the water district purchased for $18.5 million in 2004 as part of the Kissimmee River restoration project.
Although 34,498-acre Lake Kissimmee is the fourth-largest lake in Florida, public access has been reduced substantially because of a series of purchases that resulted in the closing of three fish camps. The two main points of access on the Polk County side of the lake are Camp Mack and Lake Kissimmee State Park, both of which are on the lake’s northwest corner.
The park site is 40 miles south of Orlando.
The public will have a chance to look at plans for the park and provide input for the final design at a public meeting Wednesday night (Jan. 16).