Join us in helping to restore one of Florida's largest natural resources.


Our Mission & Purpose

FOLA is a citizen advocacy group focused on restoring Florida's 30,000-acre lake to its once pristine condition.

Once a world renowned fishing paradise known for its trophy bass, Lake Apopka endured nearly 5 decades of poor farming practices along its shores, creating one of Florida's largest polluted lakes.

We began advocating for the lake's restoration in 1991 and have seen great progress over the last 20 years, but we still need your support!

Join TODAY and be a part of one of the greatest environmental success stories of our time.


Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month and are open to the public. Members are encouraged to attend. Our next meeting will be held:

Thursday, February 4th at 5:30 pm

Oakland Nature Preserve 
Education Building
747 Machete Trail, Oakland, FL

If you missed the January 7th meeting, UCF student, Joshua King, gave a presentation on the status of his recent FOLA Archiving project, which began in June 2015.  Joshua has been adding FOLA's historical documents to the UCF RICHES online database.  

For a detailed description of his work on this project, you can visit his blog at

Great Virtual Tour of Lake Apopka

Peter May's Blog: Volusia Naturalist  with great images from the North Shore Restoration Area.

Florida's Amendment 1

75% of Florida voters who voted Yes for Amendment 1 want to use the Land Acquisition Trust Fund for the acquisition of parks and natural areas.  If you agree, contact your Florida lawmakers NOW to urge them to fully fund Florida Forever.

Visit for more information and updates.

Jim Hawley's report on Minimum Flows & Levels (MFLs) in the Upper Ocklawaha River Basin.




Read about the latest efforts to organize environmental groups and local municipalities within Orange and Lake Counties, to form a coalition for leading the Lake Apopka EcoTourism projects.



We Need Your Help

If you or anyone you know is interested in joining FOLA or serving on the Board of Directors please contact us.

We need advocates who can donate time and energy into raising awareness this year.



Lake Timeline

The West Orange Times & Observer recently published an article 2015 Forecast: Lake Apopka, outlining our progress with Lake Apopka.

Click here to view our detailed Timeline document.




Related Resources 

Nestled on Lake Apopka's south shore, the Oakland Nature Preserve provides an opportunity to witness Lake Apopka's restoration first-hand, with a boardwalk to the lake, beautiful hiking trails, educational programs and summer camps.

Central Florida's Green Mountain Scenic Byway, located in east Lake County and west Orange County, runs along the western and southern shores of Lake Apopka.  Click here to read more information on future plans for the surrounding area.

FOLA Archives

The University of Central Florida has begun scanning archived FOLA documents for inclusion in their RICHES database (Regional Initiative for Collecting the History, Experiences & Stories of Central Florida).

Documents related to the history of Lake Apopka can be viewed here.

Contact Us

Friends of Lake Apopka: 
PO Box 770355, Winter Garden, FL 34777-0355

Board Meetings:
Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland, FL 34760 


Join Us

Our Board of Director meetings are open to the public and held the first Thursday of every month at 5:30 pm at the Oakland Nature Preserve Education Building.

Visit our Events page for exact dates & times. Visit our Membership page for details on joining the cause. 

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