Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area


Within rapidly developing Polk and Highlands counties, Lake Wales Ridge WEA showcases a treasure trove of rare plants and animals.


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Things to do

Visit Royce, Lake Placid Scrub and Carter Creek tracts for established and accessible recreational activities. read more »


The Florida scrub-jay is just one of the many protected species found here. read more »

Habitat and Management

Biologists use prescribed fire, hydrological restoration and invasive plant control to preserve and perpetuate diverse habitats and wildlife. read more »


Within just a few generations, development has reduced the once extensive ridge habitat to about 15% of what existed in 1941. read more »

Planning Your Visit

Located in Polk and Highlands counties, the most accessible tracts are Royce and Lake Placid Scrub (near Lake Placid), and Carter Creek (near Sebring). read more »


FWC Facts:
Barn owls in Florida breed from March through July and nest in secluded places like caves, barns, tree cavities and large birdhouses. They build no actual nest.

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