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FWC, University of Florida invite public to second meeting on Lake Istokpoga Habitat Management Plan

Lake Istokpoga
Media contact: Melody Kilborn, 863-648-3852 Release Date: 01-02-2019   All Articles Tags:

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), University of Florida/IFAS and Lake Istokpoga Stakeholder Advisory Committee invite the public to the second public meeting on the Lake Istokpoga Habitat Management Plan.

The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 10, at the Bert J. Harris Jr. Agricultural Center Auditorium, 4509 George Blvd., Sebring, FL, 33875.

The public is encouraged to attend this meeting to receive updates on the plan, ask questions, provide input and learn how to get involved in helping determine the future management of this 27,692-acre lake northeast of Lake Placid in Highlands County. Lake Istokpoga offers fishing, boating, waterfowl hunting, wildlife viewing and other recreational opportunities.

UF staff will provide an update on the progress of the management plan and the stakeholder engagement plan process.

This is the continuation of a two-year process of implementing a comprehensive public engagement strategy to help shape the habitat management plan for Lake Istokpoga. The process is aimed at including individuals and groups with an interest in the lake or concerns about the lake’s future. This is the second of several public meetings providing information about the plan and gathering public input during this two-year development process.

            The Lake Istokpoga Stakeholder Advisory Committee consists of a small group of local individuals from a variety of Lake Istokpoga user groups who were chosen to represent various stakeholder groups and help develop aquatic habitat management recommendations for Lake Istokpoga.

For more information on how the Lake Istokpoga Aquatic Habitat Management Plan is being developed, contact Dr. Chelsey Crandall at the University of Florida, 813-690-2664.

To learn more about Lake Istokpoga, visit and click on “Things To Do” and under “Freshwater Fishing” click on “Sites & Forecasts,” “Southwest Region” and then on “Lake Istokpoga.”