Kissimmee Chain of Lakes
Emerging from busy Orlando, Shingle Creek marks the beginning of the Everglades system. It feeds into Lake Toho, the first of several lakes that are connected by either canals or natural passageways to the "River of Grass".
Florida Cities: Kissimmee/St. Cloud, Lake Wales, Winter Haven
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This is Segment 32, Region O. Emerging from busy Orlando, the tannin-tinted Shingle Creek marks the beginning of the Everglades system. It feeds into the massive Lake Toho, the first of several lakes that are connected by either canals or natural passageways. Eventually, the lakes feed into the Kissimmee River and then Lake Okeechobee and the "River of Grass."
Osceola County has been spearheading development of the 1,000-plus acre Shingle Creek Regional Park. Besides hiking and biking trails and historic buildings, the Shingle Creek Paddling Trail will eventually allow paddlers to access Lake Toho and the publicly-owned Makinson Island. Long distance paddlers may wish to begin a multi-day trip all the way to Lake Okeechobee and beyond from Shingle Creek, camping at fish camps and on public land. The routes haven't been fully scoped out for long distance paddlers, but the opportunities are there. Reedy Creek and other area waterways offer other promising opportunities for paddlers.
Shingle Creek Paddling Trail (10 miles when complete)
Kissimmee Chain of Lakes (43 miles from top to bottom)
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- Lake County Sheriff: 352-343-9500
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