Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area

The Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area consists of 63,487 acres of  mostly dry prairie interspersed with cypress swamps,  freshwater marshes, pineland and scrub. The property is situated in the southern half of Osceola County, west of US Hwy 441 and north of SR 60, near the town of Kenansville, Florida.  Three lakes (Kissimmee, Jackson and Marian) share its boarders, hence the name, Three Lakes.  Recreational activities include hiking, camping, bike riding, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, paddling, fishing and seasonal hunting.

Entrance Sign Pay Station
Hwy 441 Entrance and Information Kiosk

Directions

To US Hwy 441 / Williams Road Entrance:

From I-95 exit 180, take US Hwy 192 west for about 23.5 miles. Turn left on US Hwy 441 and go south for another 13.7 miles. Turn right onto Williams Road.  GPS Coordinates: N27 57.699 W81 00.258.

To Canoe Creek Road Entrance:

From I-95 exit 180, take US Hwy 192 west for about 23.5 miles. Turn left on US Hwy 441 and go south for another 19.8 miles. Turn right onto South Canoe Creek Road (CR 523).  Entrance will be on your left about 11.5 miles (2 miles past the entrance to Priarie Lakes Unit). GPS Coordinates: N27 57.131 W81 08.417.

To SR 60 Hwy Entrance:

From I-95 ext 147, take SR 60 west for about 40 miles. Entrance will be on your right. GPS Coordinates: N27 46.717 W81 07.584.

Entrance Fees

Self-pay (cash or personal check) at the entrance kiosk: $3 per person, $6 per non-commercial vehicle. Hunters and thru-hikers are exempt.

Camping

Three Lakes has two campsite along the Florida National Scenic Trail. One is located in Godwin Hammock about 4 miles north of State Road 60 and the other is about half way between the Florida Turnpike underpass and US Hwy 441. The campsites are available for through hikers only. There are no Porto-lets, fire rings or potable water sources at these campsites. Make sure you bring everything you need since there are no supply stores nearby.

Three Lakes Camp Camp Mailbox
Three Lakes Campsite and Sign-in Box

Godwin Hammock Camp
Godwin Hammock Campsite

Hiking

Three Lakes consists of over 16 miles of hiking trails divided into two sections: north and south.  The northern section begins about 2.5 miles north of the park entrance on US Hwy 441 (near the tall radio tower) and passes underneath the Florida Turnpike before ending at the Prairie Lakes entrance on Canoe Creek Road. The southern section starts about 5 miles west of the Kissimmee River bridge on State Road 60 and meanders north and west until it reaches at the southern border of Prairie Lakes near the Jackson Canal. Each sections is about 9 to 10 miles long. None of the sections have loops or designated trailheads since they are primarily used by thru hikers.

Open Prairie
Dry Prairie near Godwin Hammock

If you're a day hiker, the easiest way to get to the trail is to follow entrance road off of Hwy 441 until you reach the Florida Turnpike underpass. There you should see the familiar orange trail blazes. 

Williams Tunnel
Florida Turnpike Underpass - Williams Tunnel

Old trail registration box near Canoe Creek Road. Use to be a haven for scorpions.

Registration Box Scorpion
Trail Registration Box and Occupant

Hunting

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission manages hunting at Three Lakes WMA. For up-to-date information on regulations and current hunting schedules, please go to MyFWC.com.

Check Station Canoe Creek Check Station
Hwy 441 and Canoe Creek Check Stations

Hunting Schedule 2013 - 2014
Archery Sep. 14 - Oct. 13
Muzzle Gun Oct. 19 - 21
General Gun - M.I.Oct. 25 - 27
General GunNov. 2 - Dec. 29
General Gun - DogDec. 5- 8, Dec. 26 - 29
Small Game Dec. 30 - Mar. 2
Spring Turkey Mar. 8 - 9, Mar. 15 - Apr. 20

Maps

Infrared Aerial Map of Northern Three Lakes Infrared Aerial Map of Southern Three Lakes
Aerial Maps - North and South Sections

Topo Map - North Section
Topo Map - North Section

Topo Map - South Section
Topo Map - South Section

GPS Data

File Formats Downloads
TopoGraphix ExpertGPS trails.gpx
Garmin MapSource trails.mps, trails.gdb
Google Earth trails.kmz
National Geographic TOPO! trails.tpo

Flowers

Pale Meadow Beauty Sabatia Pineland Heliotrope
Pale Meadow Beauty Sabatia Pineland Heliotrope
Pitted Stripeseed Elliott's Milkpea Swamp Milkweed
Pitted Stripeseed Elliott's Milkpea Swamp Milkweed
White Lobelia Yellow Batchelors Button Glade Labelia
White Lobelia Yellow  Bachelors Button Glade Lobelia

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Last updated on 18-Nov-2013