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What the Great Florida Cattle Drive can tell us about the future of Florida and the need to preserve it

Tampa Bay Times

Date: 2/11/2016 7:28:00 AM

What we have learned about wildlife corridors is that the network of public preserves and working ranches on the east side of Lake Kissimmee is the last green space connecting the Greater Everglades to the south with the St. Johns River corridor to the north

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Fishing around Polk County (Feb. 11 edition)

The Ledger

Date: 2/10/2016 5:43:00 PM

Not many anglers out. Water temperature 55 degrees. Level is 54.62 feet above sea level. 9. At Lake Kissimmee, Richie Upchurch landed 9.35-pound bass and Eric Conant an 8.90-pounder in One-Man tournament Saturday, won by Bobby Wooten with almost 19 pounds

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Florida vacation ideas to make everyone happy

The Johnson County Graphic

Date: 2/6/2016 9:19:00 PM

Slice through swamp land in an airboat on Lake Kissimmee. Soar above the water on a gravity-defying flyboard. Looking for something more low key? Rent a pontoon boat, pack a picnic and enjoy a sunset cruise. We could keep going. Pro tip: Anglers rejoice

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Florida vacation ideas to make everyone happy

The Johnson County Graphic

Date: 2/5/2016 3:16:00 PM

Slice through swamp land in an airboat on Lake Kissimmee. Soar above the water on a gravity-defying flyboard. Looking for something more low key? Rent a pontoon boat, pack a picnic and enjoy a sunset cruise. We could keep going. Pro tip: Anglers rejoice

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First youth nature festival draws crowd at Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland

The Ledger

Date: 2/5/2016 1:50:00 PM

In addition to environmental lessons, students learned about Central Florida's heritage, courtesy of exhibits by the Florida Cattlemen's Association and Lake Kissimmee State Park, whose interpretation includes an authentic 1870-era cow camp. Gaye Sharpe

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• Surface Area: 44,000 Acres
Lake Kissimmee is located mostly in Osceola County, but the western shore, and a small part of the lake, is in Polk County. There are at least five islands in the lake, with the largest being Brahma Island in the south. Lake Kissimmee draws international birdwatchers to it's waters every year. The Joe Overstreet Road access to the lake is an birdwatchers paradise. With opportunities to view bald eagles, shorebirds, sandhill cranes, black vultures, and whooping cranes.

Sitting on the shoreline of the lake is the Lake Kissimmee State Park which provides recreation for lake goers. Within the park is 13 miles of hiking trails and 6 miles of horseback riding trails. The park also provides 60 campsites with full facilities. There are also two primitive camping sites and a youth camping area. Other activities to be enjoyed in the park include boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and nature viewing. Wildlife viewing is one of the main attractions of the park and lake. Some of the species that can be found in the park include two hundred species of birds, bobcats, grey foxes, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, sandhill cranes, fox squirrels and otters. The park is open from 8:00 am till sundown year round.

The Cow Camp is also located in the park. It is a living history site that depicts an 1876 cattle camp, including Florida scrub cattle. Local cattlemen were commonly referred to as Cracker cowboys. Cow Camp is open on weekends and holidays from October through May 1.

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