Eighteen miles of dikes allow visitors to walk or bicycle trails
that wrap around cattail marshes and open water in this artificial
wetland designed to treat domestic wastewater. Trails also pass
through a hardwood hammock.
The open water of the lake attracts wintering waterfowl, including
blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, northern shovelers, and
American wigeons. Wood storks, white ibis, black-crowned night
herons, and other wading birds are also common in the winter. Bald
eagles, limpkins, and red-shouldered hawks, black vultures, and
turkey vultures can be seen throughout the year. Raccoons and river
otters are often seen on the dikes.
City of Orlando
From Orlando, drive east on Florida Highway 50 to Christmas.
Go north 2.3 miles on Fort Christmas Road (County Road 420), then
1.5 miles east on Wheeler Road (an unpaved road). The parking
area is on the left.
Other Central Florida