Lake Blue Cypress
Lake Blue Cypress is located on the Treasure Coast of Florida about 20 miles west of Vero Beach, covers 6,555 prime central Florida acres of land. Perfectly situated beneath Farm 13, the lake’s name comes from the bluish glow off the lake’s cypress trees, as the brilliant morning sun reflects off the lake’s surface.
Lake Blue Cypress is reportedly the headwater of the St. Johns River, which flows northward more than 300 miles to Jacksonville and the Atlantic Ocean. The St. Johns River Water Management District owns most of the 21-mile shoreline which is surrounded by 29,000 acres of marshes, swamps, and cypress forests. The lake is about 7 miles long and 3 miles wide. The area is part of the District’s 150,000-acre reclamation project to reverse decades of pollution and restore marshes. Lake Blue Cypress is one of the cleanest in the St. Johns District. Indian River County’s Blue Cypress Park on the lake’s west side provides 2 boat launches, a floating dock, parking, 2 covered pavilions, primitive camping, canoeing and hiking, and restrooms and showers.
Lake Blue Cypress Fishing
The lake’s average depth is only 8 to 9 feet, which allows for a good deal of water vegetation to grow. Though not ideal for swimmers, these aquatic conditions create terrific opportunities for bass fishermen. As anglers will gladly tell you, Lake Blue Cypress is a fisherman’s paradise: some of the cleanest water in Florida makes the perfect home for bluegill, catfish, chain pickerel, crappie, largemouth bass, shellcrackers, and warmouth. Best known as one of the premiere destination in Florida for bass, the largest largemouth on record at the lake weighed in at an impressive 18 pounds, 2 ounces. Makes sense, as the lake’s shallow depths create prime conditions for lily pads, sawgrass, and submerged logs to weave among the cypress roots, the perfect homes for all the lake’s fish. The FWC has done a restocking of the lake in 2008, to watch the video please click here!
To start your fishing day, put-in at the boat ramp at Indian River County’s Lake Blue Cypress Park. Head under the bridge and out the channel to the lake. Turning north will take you along the most picturesque part of the lake, and you’ll be sure to see many osprey in the cypress trees. Within the first mile north of the boat ramp, there are several small creeks feeding off the lake. The first one you’ll spot is Thum Creek, followed 1/2 mile later by Blue Cypress Creek. These make interesting side-trips and an opportunity to explore the cypress swamps, complete with sub-tropical ferns, alligators and mosquitoes.
At about 2.5 miles, you hit the north end of the lake. going east for another mile takes you to Moonshine Bay. After fishing there, head southwest for 3 miles across the lake. If you still have energy to burn, south of the fish camps the scenery changes dramatically with Kissimmee grass replacing the cypress trees. At 2 miles south, you’ll come to Fisher Creek and a small canal with limited access.
Blue Cypress Lake Photographs
Bald Cypress Trees
With a name like Blue Cypress Lake, you’d expect to find the reddish-brown and green trees painted blue. While they are definitely not blue, these irregular shaped members of the cypress family grow up to 130 feet tall and have enlarged trunks at the base and conical “knees”.
You’ll find plenty of these large, fish-eating members of the hawk and eagle family at Blue Cypress Lake. Osprey are frequently confused with the Bald Eagle due to its white head. A full-sized adult has a body length of 23 inches with a wing span of over 5 feet.
Blue Cypress Village
Located next to Middleton’s on the west side of the lake, Blue Cypress Village is the only development in the area. Constructed of mostly cabins, mobile homes and a few stilt-houses, these weekend get-aways serve as base camp for big bass seekers and those seeking to escape the congestion of the coasts.
Lake Blue Cypress is located at 27°45′15″N 80°44′37″W. It is the headwaters of the St. Johns River. The lake is 21 mi (34 km) in diameter and it is over 6,500 acres (26 km²) in size. It is directly west of Fellsmere, 11 miles away. To the north is Palm Bay, to the west is Yeehaw Junction, and to the east is Fellsmere.
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