Ecosystems & Wildlife of Winter Park

Paw prints

Flora & Fauna Lists

Winter Park’s lakes and wetlands contain a rich diversity of plants and animals. The following lists are periodically updated as new information is received:

Bass fish

Fishing Regulations

Fishing on the lakes of Winter Park can be great. The rules governing fishing in all of Florida are developed, implemented and enforced by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Access the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission – Fishing Section website to find information on license requirements, length and bag limits.

Once you know the rules, the bathymetric maps and ramp locations listed below can help you catch that big one.

Sandhill Crane birds

Birds & Birding

Winter Park’s abundance of lakes makes it an ideal place to view waterfowl. Our sub-tropical climate also makes the area a winter destination for many migratory species and many more migrants pass through on the Atlantic and Mississippi flyways on their way to their Caribbean and South American wintering grounds. All of the lakes in Winter Park are good places to spot waterfowl, wading birds and other species that associate with water, but for the best opportunities for seeing a wide diversity of species, check out Mead Botanical Garden at 1500 S. Denning Dr., and the Howell Branch Preserve Park at 1205 Howell Branch Road. Located on stretches of Howell Branch Creek, both properties contain wetland and upland habitats.

Access a list of bird species that have been observed in the park maintained by the Friends of Mead Garden.

Water Snake

Snakes & Alligators

Alligators and other potentially dangerous wildlife do occur in Winter Park’s lakes and natural areas.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) website provides helpful information on these organisms and how to stay safe while using our waterways and natural areas.

Please access additional information below.

Pekin Ducks

Exotic Animals

Non-native organisms can wreak havoc on native ecosystems and wildlife populations. Never release pets, however harmless they may seem, into the wild. The links below provide information on some problem species that occur in central Florida.

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Our Vision

Winter Park is the city of arts and culture, cherishing its traditional scale and charm while building a healthy and sustainable future for all generations.