Located in western Martin County, the Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Area plays a crucial role in the restoration of the Lake Okeechobee watershed by improving the quality of water flowing into the lake from one of the biggest sources of incoming phosphorus. The wetlands will treat stormwater runoff from the Taylor Creek and Nubbin Slough basins to the north before that runoff enters Lake Okeechobee.

Approximately 1,000 acres of Lakeside Ranch is open to the general public to enjoy hiking, bicycling, wildlife viewing or simply relaxing. The recreation area is surrounded by levees that are accessible to visitors on foot or on bicycle. At the shell-rock parking area, there are port-o-let toilets and a kiosk with an informative map. The area is well signed to provide directions for visitors.

The recreation area is open from sunrise to sunset Fridays through Mondays.

For More Information:
Please call the SFWMD recreation hotline at (866) 433-6312 or visit www.sfwmd.gov/recreation.


The public access point is situated just west of State Road 710 in southern Okeechobee County. Visitors can drive a little over half a mile from the entrance gate at County Road 15B up to the shell-rock parking area.

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