Title: Million acre playground.
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Title: Million acre playground.
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Language: English
Creator: Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District
Publisher: Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District
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Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
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12-A I


P. 0. Box 1671


Imagine the State of Delaware turned into one
huge recreation area with fishing, hunting, boating,
camping and sightseeing permitted everywhere in
the state.
Place this whole area in sub-tropical Florida
and add:
"Streams" and "lakes" where the bass are so
plentiful you can catch a hundred a day if you wish-
so long as you toss back all those above the legal
catch limit.
Displays of wild birds seldom equalled anywhere
in a tropical setting that includes cypress forests
where orchids grow wild.
A herd of deer estimated at 7,000 to 8,000 and
plenty of wild boar, geese, wild turkey and ducks
for the hunter.
Indian mounds, bits of pottery and other reminders
of a race that inhabited the Everglades thousands of
years ago.
Rare shell fossils which have lain untouched and
unseen for millions of years.
Imagine all this and you have a rough idea of the
recreation area created for Florida residents and
visitors by the Central and Southern Florida Flood
Control District. More than a million acres of open
water and wetlands are already available in Lake
Okeechobee and FCD water storage areas.
Recreation is not, of course, the main job of the
Flood Control District, which has the responsibility
of protecting 18 counties from flood and drought. But
the District's governing board felt the 1,345 square
miles of land south of Lake Okeechobee used for
fresh water conservation should not be simply diked
off from the public.
Instead, they have devised a plan for sensible
recreational use which will not interfere with the
major nurpose of the area- water storage.
Nearly 20 federal, state and local agencies and
governmental units have cooperated in putting the
plan into operation.
Already 15 access sites are in operation. They

bring one of the nation's largest wilderness areas-
one that is unique in its scenery, terrain, and wild-
life-within a 30-minute drive of millions of resi-
dents and visitors along Florida's lower east coast.
Improvements are steadily being made at these
sites to make them even more usable for the public.
Similar recreation plans are being created for
three other major areas of the District: Lake Okee-
chobee, including the St. Lucie Canal and the Ca-
loosahatchee River; Kissimmee River Basin, and
Upper St. Johns River Basin.
They are all a bonus for you; a dividend of proper
flood and drought control.
1. Boat ramps into North New River Canal and
canal alongside U. S. 27. Two ramps located east,
one west, of U. S. 27 between Miami and Belle
Glade. Can be reached from Fort Lauderdale on
State Road 84.
2. Boat ramps and boat rentals. Two ramps east
of U. S. 27 give access to North New River Canal
and Conservation Area 2A. Between Miami and Belle
Glade on U. S. 27.
3. Roadside Park maintained by State Road De-
partment. Picnic area plus boat ramps into North
New River Canal. On U. S. 27 between Belle Glade
and Miami.
4. Swamp buggy and airboat launching ramps into
Conservation Area 3 and State-owned land to north.
Reached by turning west off U.S. 27 at Broward-Palm
Beach County line and driving atop Levee 5. *
5. Boat ramp into West Palm Beach Canal, loca-
ted on bend in U. S. 441 six miles east of Belle
6. Roadside park, picnic area, boat ramp complex
located at 20-Mile Bend on U. S. 441 between West
Palm Beach and Belle Glade. State Road Department
wayside park just east of cage bridge over West
Palm Beach Canal. Picnic area and boat launching
ramp into 55-mile canal which surrounds Conserva-
tion Area 1 are reached by access road running east
from south side of bridge. Boat launching ramp into
canal alongside Levee 8 is located north of highway

almost directly across from 20-Mile Bend Pumping
7. Swamp buggy and airboat ramps into Conserva-
tion Area 2 and state-owned land to north. Reached
by taking Browns Farm Road (from Six-Mile Bend on
Highway 441 east of Belle Glade) to Levee 6, then
driving southwest atop levee. *
8. Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge, located % mile
west of State Road 7, west of Delray Beach area.
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintains bird feed-
ing and observation areas, boat launching ramp and
fishing area, and stand of native cypress with wild
9. Concession area offering access to Conserva-
tion Areas 1 and 2. Located on county road running
west from State Road 7 near Palm Beach-Broward
County line. Boat rentals, bait and tackle available.
Free boat launching and free picnic facilities.
10. Airboat and swamp buggy launching area into
Everglades on west side of Conservation Area 3.
Reached from U. S. 27 by driving atop Levee 5 and
crossing Miami Canal at Pumping Station 8, then
along L-4 and south on L-28. *
11. Temporary concession area offering boat
rentals into South New River Canal and canals along
U. S. 27 and along levee on east side of Conservation
Area 3, west of Hollywood.
12. Nine-mile-long "fishermen's ramp" alongside
the Tamiami Trail. Dade County plans boat ramps
and further developments.
12A. Airboat launching ramp, north side of Tami-
ami Trail, at Levee 67A (about nine miles west of
Krome Avenue)-offers access to both upper and
lower pools of Conservation Area 3.

13. Picnic area and boat launching ramp into
canal alongside Levee 2. Located on State Road
832 south of Clewiston.
14. Boat ramp into Hungryland Slough Canal
(South Fork of Loxahatchee River). Located on
State Road 706 west of Jupiter.
15. County boat ramp located near International
Airport on south side of Southern Boulevard gives
access into West Palm Beach Canal.
*Open In hunting season.

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