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Administration Building - Lakes Management
 
Hours
M - F: 8am - 5pm
 
Phone
(407) 742-0662
 
Address
1 Courthouse Square,
Suite 3100
Kissimmee, FL 34741

Lakes Management

Lake Toho Lighthouse

Osceola County has over 50 named lakes which provide the greatest natural resource and has world renown chain of lakes within its region. Lakes have environmental significance, and provide economic value. Osceola County lakes provide sources of recreation, scenic beauty, and a habitat for many different types of wildlife, as well as fisheries and bass tournaments. Come, and see nature’s beauty at its best!

Shingle Creek Closure - Osceola County will begin construction to remove the shoal at the mouth of Shingle Creek beginning August 1, 2021. The dredge operation is expected to last until late April 2022, barring weather and unforeseen events. The project will begin with the laying of dredge pipes in Shingle Creek from the shoal in Lake Tohopekaliga to the spoil disposal site on Lancaster Ranch Park. Shingle Creek will be closed to all but official and emergency navigation traffic from just west of John Young Parkway to Lake Tohopekaliga from October 18, 2021 to April 30, 2022. Total closure time will be based on weather and contractor need. Please take any appropriate actions related to your watercraft currently or planned to be moored in Shingle Creek. If you have questions, please contact Susan Gosselin, susan.gosselin@osceola.org or 407-742-0542.

C-35 Canal in Cypress Lake Closure - County will begin construction to remove the shoal at the mouth of the C-35 Canal in Cypress Lake beginning October 25, 2021. The dredge operation is expected to last until December 2021, barring weather and unforeseen events. The project will begin with the laying of dredge pipes in the C-35 from the shoal in Cypress Lake to the spoil disposal site along the C-35 north of the shoal. The C-35 canal will be closed to all but official and emergency navigation traffic from October 25, 2022 to December 25, 2021. Total closure time will be based on weather and contractor need. If you have questions, please contact Susan Gosselin, susan.gosselin@osceola.org or 407-742-0542.

Overview

The Mission of Osceola County’s Lakes Management Program is to protect, enhance, conserve, restore and manage the county’s aquatic resources through education, coordination, development, maintenance, and management of lake systems; which considers the need for protection of the natural environment and improves, enhances and/or sustains lake ecosystem health while avoiding impacts to downstream systems for the benefit of the fish and wildlife resources and the residents of and visitors to Osceola County.

Lakes Management Plan

Click here to access the Adopted Lakes Management Plan PDF.

Interagency Coordination

The County does not act alone in lakes management. The lakes in Osceola County are considered "Waters of the State"; therefore coordination among numerous government agencies is necessary to ensure the success of lake management responsibilities and activities. Partners include:

  • South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE)
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

The goals of the Lakes Management Program include hydrologic management, habitat preservation and enhancement, aquatic plant management, water quality improvement, and recreation and public use. The following list outlines the responsibilities of each agency as it relates to management of the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes in Osceola County.