Birding in Lake County

Florida Scrub Jay
Florida Scrub Jay

Bird watching is the fastest growing outdoor sport in the nation, and Lake County is happy to be a part of it. As the name of this County would indicate, it is a great place to view more than 200 different species of birds. However, the area is known for more than just its 1,000 lakes and rivers.

The County is surrounded by environmentally protected areas including the Green Swamp to the south, the Ocala National Forest to the north and the Wekiva River Basin to the east. From championship water skiing to its nationally televised fishing tournaments, Lake County is synonymous with outdoor adventures.

This bird-watching guide was developed, in cooperation with the Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society, to encourage local and visiting birders to explore Lake County's natural beauty. With 19 identified locations to go birding, including some hidden gems such as the Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area, Lake County is the right destination for advanced and beginning birders.

Lake County has much more to offer as its charming hometowns and family festivals are top attractions for all. Want to learn more about Lake County? Contact Lake County Tourism at 352-742-3918 or log on to