Lake Kissimmee Before Restoration

Lake Kissimmee before restoration. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will begin restoring aquatic habitat on Lake Kissimmee in Osceola County this month.

Approximately 52 acres of aquatic plants on the lake’s eastern shoreline will be removed. Water lilies and other invasive aquatic plant species have increased substantially there, shading out native grasses, impeding navigation and decreasing angler opportunities. 

Mechanical harvesting will be used to remove the dense monocultures of floating pads and tussocks to attain desirable aquatic plant densities. This will enhance the lake’s shallow-water habitat for many fish and wildlife species, including the Everglade snail kite.

The plants targeted for removal include spatterdock, fragrant water lily, primrose and burhead sedge. The project is scheduled to last from late October through the end of the year.

For more information, contact Adriene Landrum, an FWC aquatic habitat project manager, at 407-846-5269.