Tenoroc - Things to Do
Enjoy outstanding fishing or wildlife viewing at Tenoroc, or explore the varied terrain while hiking, bicycling or horseback riding.
Tenoroc is a gateway site for the Great Florida Birding Trail and offers excellent birding opportunities. Numerous lakes attract wading birds, waterfowl and raptors. Songbirds pause here during spring and fall migrations. Nesting osprey are common in the spring and one of the state's largest wading bird colonies of snowy egret, white ibis and anhinga may be seen from the south end of the Blue Loop Trail. Two man-made wetlands provide wildlife viewing opportunities. Visit the Wildlife page for more information.
Tenoroc is nationally noted for largemouth bass and provides excellent fishing for bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie and several varieties of catfish. With 29 lakes ranging in size from five to 242 acres, Tenoroc provides quality public fishing. Special opportunities are available for children and physically-challenged anglers. Bank fishing access as well as fishing piers, platforms and boardwalks are provided on many lakes.
All visitors, including anglers, must check in and out at the Tenoroc Fish Management Area headquarters. Anglers must deposit their valid fishing license with the custodian unless otherwise instructed. Quotas have been established for each lake, and fishing is permitted in designated lakes only. Unless otherwise specified, largemouth bass must be released immediately. For fishing reports and tips for Tenoroc, call 863-499-2422 Friday through Monday, between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Equestrians can enjoy 24 miles of trails within the PUA. Portions of these trails are scenic multi-use trails, which are also enjoyed by hikers or bicyclists. The equestrian trails begin at the Tenoroc PUA field office and travel past ponds and restored habitat. The trails offer numerous opportunities for birding and other wildlife watching. All trails are designed as looped trails, returning riders back to the trail's start.
Hiking and Bicycling
Hikers and bicyclists enjoy miles of trails within the PUA. Hikers can access nearly 39 miles of multi-use scenic trails. A trail beginning at Picnic Lake travels past ponds and restored habitat, offering opportunities to see numerous birds, reptiles and mammals. The topographic relief offered by the reclaimed mine presents more difficult opportunities for those hikers and bicyclists looking for a challenge.
Shooting Sports Center
The shooting sports center at Tenoroc includes 100- and 50-yard rifle ranges, 25- and 7-yard pistol ranges, 5-stand sporting clays, trap, and a 15-station sporting clays course. The archery range has ground level, elevated and 3-D courses. The range has a pro shop plus an education facility, where hunter safety courses are held and other outdoor education opportunities are offered through the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network.
Visitors may use canoes or kayaks on any lake where boats are allowed, but quotas on the number of boats per lake are enforced and paddlers will be competing with anglers for a slot. Two paddling trails exist for canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts.
Two sizable picnic pavilions with nearby restrooms are available for large gatherings; these facilities are in close proximity to ADA-accessible Derby Lake and Picnic Lake. Both lakes offer opportunities for fishing and wildlife viewing. Picnic Lake is also open to boating.