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.

FOLA began advocating for the lake's restoration in 1991 and has seen great progress over the last 20 years, but we still need your support. Join today and become a part of one of the greatest environmental success stories of our time.

Next Board Meeting

The next FOLA Board meeting will be held Thursday, April 2nd at 5:30 pm.

All meetings are open to the public and held at the Oakland Park Nature Preserve Education Building, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland, FL 34787.


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

Check out our latest version of the Lake Apopka timeline, through 2011.

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View Timeline

Oakland Nature Preserve

By the mid-1990’s, the restoration of the long polluted and endlessly abused Lake Apopka was under way. The Board of Directors of the Friends of Lake Apopka, the main citizen advocacy group for the lake, realized that long-term citizen support for the restoration process was necessary and also noted that, as the lake was restored, development pressures in the basin would increase. This led to a search to find land now on the shoreline where the restoration could be interpreted for the public, providing a window on this process with a boardwalk to the lake.  The result became the beautiful Oakland Nature Preserve. 

Lake Watch

Florida Lake Watch & Atlas

Orange County Water Atlas

Keep up with what's happening at the St Johns River Water Management District with the latest Water News.

Water Conservation

Lake Apopka Birding

For an excellent article with a concise history of birding on the reclaimed North Shore of Lake Apopka, see Florida's Special Places: Lake Apopka on Audubon of Florida News. The author has been birding there since 1998 and includes some very nice pictures. 

Green Mountain Scenic Byway

Yes, Florida does have hills! Beginning at the Howey Crossroads (the intersection of Lake County Roads 455 and 561), the Green Mountain Scenic Byway winds southeast along Lake County Roads 455 and Old Highway 50 for 12 ½ miles through some of the highest hills of the Lake Wales Ridge. See the Green Mountain Scenic Byway Master Plan at this new Green Mountain Scenic Byway Project Website. 

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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