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Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area

Things to Do

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


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

Habitat and Management

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


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

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).

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