Orange Lake Makes a Comeback But More Problems Surface
Published May 14th, 2014
Environmental challenges have muddied the waters of Orange Lake in recent years.
The lake has made an amazing comeback, but state officials say it has a long way to go.
Drought and sinkholes dried up most of the 12,500 acre lake two years ago but now, the lake is filled up to the brim.
The new problem is the lake's floating vegetation, which sometimes blocks boater's access to the boat ramps or other areas of the lake.
Business managers on Orange Lake's edge say living with its ups and downs has its rewards.
"Our vision was based solely on this place coming back, which so many people told us it would. People have faith in it and they know the routine of it," said Justin Lawson, manager of the Eagles Nest Cafe and Grand Lake RV and Golf Resort.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission just stocked Orange Lake with over 100,000 bass fingerlings last month.
They are hoping this will attract more fisherman once the fish reach their harvest size.
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