Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Photo Spot Summary

Country: United States

Category: Wildlife

State: Florida

City: Apopka

GPS Latitude: 28.669195

GPS Longitude: -81.562866


Go there by car. The address is: Lake Apopka North Shore, 2803 Lust Rd, Apopka, FL 32703

Photo Spot Details

The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is a one-way 11-mile drive on narrow former farm roads built on top of levees. This is amazing habitat in restoration along the North shore of Lake Apopka. “In restoration” does not convey the fantastic breadth of wildlife, especially birds, you will see here. There can be anything from a River Otter to giant alligator awaiting you on this tour. There are birds galore as the Audubon’s groups come to count the various birds.

It is only open on Fri, Sat, and Sun, and the “in” gate closes 1 hour before sunset. However, you will want to allow 2 hours to see it all. Bring your binoculars and a bird book/app. The kids will love the gator sightings – some of them enormous. It is perfect for photographers as you ride in comfort in your you are right in close to the wildlife as you drive on the roads. Using a beanbag for support will provide you some top-notch photos. The best time to explore the drive is in the winter months December through March.

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Reader Interactions


  1. subha
    September 7, 2019 at 5:59 am

    beautiful place, I shocked by seeing that first photo………..
    Thank you for sharing this article.

  2. Chris
    June 8, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Hi Robert know the area well. I lived in Errol Estates Apopka. Weekends only.

  3. Michael Bracey
    August 7, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    I have just started going the and it is incredible. The wildlife photography opportunities abound every bit of the way.

  4. JuliaOrlando
    July 25, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    This is one of my fave places for photography!

  5. Debbie P
    September 29, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Due to damage from Hurricane Irma, Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is closed. St John’s Water Management does not have an estimated time to enact repairs needed before reopening the drive.

    • Michael
      May 29, 2018 at 6:05 pm

      The drive has been open since spring. Fantastic wildlife opportunities.

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