Lake Apopka Restoration Area: Clay Island

Ranch Rd., Astatula 34705
sunrise to sunset


Lake Apopka has some of the best birding in central Florida with more than 300 bird species documented. The Clay Island area, with 6 miles of multi-use trails and three observation towers, offers lots of excitement with species such as Mottled Duck, Black-bellied and Fulvous Whistling-Ducks, Glossy Ibis and Bald Eagle. Look for Ruddy Ducks and American Bitterns in winter and Yellow Warblers and Indigo Buntings during spring and fall migration . Other wildlife species seen here include American Alligator, Northern River Otter, Northern Raccoon and Bobcat. Sixty-five species of butterflies have been recorded at the North Shore area, including Polydamus Swallowtail, Twin-spot Skipper, Tawny Emperor, Sachem and Viceroy.