Lake Apopka

Lake Apopka hosts a myriad of bird and other wildlife. The new wildlife drive is awesome!

Photography Advice

Take your longest lens for the birds and wildlife. Don't forget a wide angle for scenic shots of the lake shore! Consider checking eBird for rare bird sightings before you go. Finish your day with sunset at Magnolia Park (the adjacent boat ramp is always open).

Website

http://www.sjrwmd.com/recreationguide/lakeapopka/

Hours

The wildlife drive is only open Friday through Sunday and federal holidays.


Lake Apopka Blog Archives

  • Another Lake Apopka Sunset

    Another Lake Apopka Sunset

    Sunset photos taken over Lake Apopka from the Magnolia Park Boat Ramp
  • Aerial Acrobats at LAWD

    Aerial Acrobats at LAWD

    A morning of bird flight photography with the Barn Swallow aerial acrobats as they dive-bombed insects in mid-air
  • Signs of Spring at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

    Signs of Spring at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

    Beautiful morning of springtime photography at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, with nesting Anhgina & herons, Caspian Terns in flight
  • An Unexpected Encounter

    An Unexpected Encounter

    A pair of Blue-winged Teals surprised me when they mated on a cold morning in January. I guess spring is on the way!
  • Another Beautiful Sunset over Lake Apopka

    Another Beautiful Sunset over Lake Apopka

    Another evening of sunset photography at Lake Apopka. The sky was on fire and the sunset was beautiful!
  • Cold and Breezy Morning at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

    Cold and Breezy Morning at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

    A cold breezy morning was still good for photography at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive - Drake Canvasback, Yellow Warbler, and American Bittern
  • Another Beautiful Sunset over Lake Apopka

    Another Beautiful Sunset over Lake Apopka

    Photos of a beautiful winter sunset over Lake Apopka
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher Up Close at Lust Road

    Ash-throated Flycatcher Up Close at Lust Road

    An Ash-throated Flycatcher, several kinds of sparrows, and a Painted Bunting posed for my camera at Lust Road
  • Winter Sunset over Lake Apopka

    Winter Sunset over Lake Apopka

    A quick photography expedition to Magnolia Park to photograph a winter sunset over Lake Apopka
  • Gray January Morning at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

    Gray January Morning at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

    A cloudy winter morning of bird photography at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Morning yielded my lifer Gray-headed Swamphen along with several good Northern Harrier fly-bys
  • Ducks and a Fish out of Water at LAWD

    Ducks and a Fish out of Water at LAWD

    A November photography trip to Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive yielded wintering ducks, a cooperative Belted Kingfisher, and fish for breakfast!
  • Carpe Camera! Chasing Warblers at LAWD

    Carpe Camera! Chasing Warblers at LAWD

    A morning of bird photography at Lake Apopka Wildife Drive where the Crazy U was busy with warblers. Yellow Warblers, Northern Waterthrush
  • Black-necked Stilt Family at LAWD

    Black-necked Stilt Family at LAWD

    A family of Black-necked Stilts posed nice and close at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive
  • Summer Day at LAWD

    Summer Day at LAWD

    A summer day at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive (LAWD) yielded a wading bird feeding frenzy, lots of Green Herons, begging Barn Swallows, and a singing Indigo Bunting
  • A Rainy Morning and an Unexpected Lifer at LAWD

    A Rainy Morning and an Unexpected Lifer at LAWD

    Gray skies, moisture-filled air...but the Gray Kingbird put on a good show for me, as did the begging juvenile Barn Swallows and the tiny Black-necked Stilt babies.
  • Springtime Nature Therapy at LAWD

    Springtime Nature Therapy at LAWD

    Nature therapy at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive included migrating Bobolinks and nesting residents like Common Gallinules, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Black-necked Stilts
  • Spring is in the Air

    Spring is in the Air

    Both springtime and Red-Winged Blackbirds are in the air at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive! Nesting is underway as birds molt into their breeding plumage
  • Good Birds and Good Friends at Lust Road

    Good Birds and Good Friends at Lust Road

    You can spend a whole morning photographing birds at Lust Road. Yesterday's highlights included Ash-throated Flycatcher and Western Kingbird
  • Another Beautiful Morning of LAWD Photography

    Another Beautiful Morning of LAWD Photography

    Beautiful January morning of photography at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, where Painted Buntings and Northern Harriers charmed my lens and the Pied-billed Grebes are already courting
  • Glorious Day at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

    Glorious Day at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

    Fantastic photography at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive (LAWD) on a sunny winter morning. Ash-throated Flycatcher, Vermilion Flycatcher, Horned Grebe, and more!