hunter with turkey

In support of the resource management goals and objectives for the area and to provide a quality experience for all area users, the following recreation activities are allowed. The Three Lakes Prairie Lakes Unit Recreation Guide is a useful resource when visiting this area.

 

Hunting

Turkey Call, a publication of the National Wild Turkey Association, has named Three Lakes one of the five top producers of turkeys among Florida's wildlife management areas. The deer, squirrel, and quail population on Three Lakes are fair; and the feral hog population is good.

Hunting Regulations, Maps and Hunt Calendars

 

 

Fishing

photo fishermen on lake

Lake Kissimmee:

34,948-acre lake, 3rd largest in Florida Largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish (shellcracker), and black crappie (specks) outstanding. Boat access is available at Overstreet Landing, just north of Three Lakes.

Lake Jackson:

Catch and release only for largemouth bass.

Minimum 12-inch size limit for black crappie. Bluegill and redear sunfish of good size. Once completely covered with aquatic vegetation, this newly restored 1020-acre lake is not the largest lake in the chain but may be most productive; many bass weighing over 10 pounds have been caught here since 1994.  Boat access available off of Boat Ramp Road within the Three Lakes Prairie Lakes Unit.

Lake Marian:

Bluegill and redear sunfish caught here in great numbers in late spring and throughout summer. This 5,739-acre lake has long been known for outstanding black crappie fishing. Black crappie are often caught trolling during winter and summer; in the spring anglers fish along the grass line.  Boat access is available just south of Three Lakes at the Kenansville Boat Ramp.

Parker Slough and Jackson Canal:

Outstanding catfish spots.  Shore fishing only.

Borrow Pits:

There are several borrow pits found on the east side of Three Lakes that provide additional fishing opportunities.  Access is available via hiking.

Reference the map of Prairie Lakes Unit of Three Lakes WMA Adobe PDF to locate boat ramp(s). Fishing license information.

 

Wildlife Viewing

The expansive prairie combined with the diversity of natural communities supply ample opportunities for wildlife viewing. Due to its unique and high quality birding opportunities, this area is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail.  An observation tower overlooking Lake Jackson allows additional opportunities for wildlife viewing. You may request a copy or download or print the Three Lakes Bird List Adobe PDF. Visit the Wildlife page for more information about the area's wildlife.

 

Request a copy of the Three Lakes WMA - Sunset Ranch Trail Guide.

 

Hiking

photo hiking trail kiosk

Within Three Lakes are 29.4 miles of trails, 24.3 miles of which are part of the Florida National Scenic Trail.External Website Trails can be very wet at times.

 

Biking

Roads within Three Lakes are well suited for mountain biking.

 

Horseback Riding

Permitted on existing named and numbered road system except that horses may be ridden on firelanes during the general gun-dog season in that portion of the area east of the Florida Turnpike by hunters possessing quota permits for the general gun-dog season. During the small game season, persons hunting from horseback are not restricted to named and numbered roads.  Children under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet when riding on public lands.  For more detailed information go to Nicole's Law Adobe PDF.  All horseback riders must have proof of current negative Coggins Test results for their horses when on state lands.

 

Paddling

Lake Jackson, Marian, and Kissimmee all offer paddling opportunities. Windy conditions on the largest of these lakes may make paddling difficult at times. While paddling, you can take advantage of excellent opportunities for fishing and bird watching. Reference the map of Prairie Lakes Unit of Three Lakes WMA Adobe PDF to locate boat ramp(s).

 

Scenic Driving

On the Prairie Lakes Unit, experience a sampling of well-managed habitats by following a 10-mile-long scenic driving route highlighted in the recreation guide available at the entrance kiosk.

 

 

Camping

On the Prairie Lakes Unit, primitive camping is allowed at designated campsitesAdobe PDF on non-hunting days. A no-cost camping permit is required from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and can be obtained by calling (352) 732-1225. On the rest of Three Lakes, camping is permitted only at hunter-designated camping areas Adobe PDF during hunting season and at designated campsites on the Florida Trail External Websitethroughout the year.



FWC Facts:
Florida is #1 in the country for total days of wildlife viewing by nonresident visitors. (8.5 million)

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